Spring is here and life is so good again. Time to think of wearing those lighter clothes and bringing out the sandals. We tend to want to ‘lighten up’ this time of year with pastels and bright spring colours. But what about our skin? It often feels dry and chapped and lacks inner glow by the end of a long, cold winter. It may be a good idea to bring out that glow with a homespun facial.
It’s actually easier than you think and quite effective, if you have the correct products. And the few extras you may need to purchase will cost you so much less than a professional facial! Plus you will have the added benefit of being able to re-use them later.
There are two things you should consider when buying your facial products: One, is the purchase of quality products. And the other is purchasing the correct products for your particular skin type.
Cheap skincare will give you poor or adverse results, may make you break out, and at the very least, will do nothing for your skin. It’s impossible to stress enough that buying quality products are the key to success. But also products should be skin specific because the whole purpose of a good facial is to help individual skin and its inherent problems.
Note: It is best to buy a day cream that is oil-free or at least contains a non-comeodogenic, quality, facial oil that won’t clog pores. Even dry skin can break out with a poor quality oil.
Assuming that your daily routine already includes, at it’s bare minimum,-a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer, you will need to buy a few extra products for your effective home facial. But, if you don’t already have these basic skin care products, your cost is going to go up. However, understand, these are the basics that every skin deserves and you cannot do a home facial without them.
As well as your three basic products- you will need to purchase a quality facial scrub and a mask, specific to your skin type.
Home facial steps:
Using your quality cleanser, cleanse your face and right down your neck in circular motions. Spend at least one or two minutes on the cleansing. Then rinse your skin by scooping and then splashing running water onto your face. Ensure all the cleanser and any suds are rinsed away.
Next using a quality scrub that does not contain large scrubbing particles that will damage your sensitive skin, scrub your entire face. Use lighter pressure on delicate areas such as cheeks, and under the eyes. Scrub slightly longer on chin, and sides of the nose and the forehead, especially if there are blackheads in these areas. Rinse thoroughly using the same splash method as above.
This step is only necessary if you will be doing some light extractions. Rinse a small towel or face cloth in hot water and apply to your face. Hold the cloth there for a few seconds.Repeat several times.
Trying not to use your nails, exert light to medium pressure with the sides of your fingers, or two q-tips on both sides of the most prominent black heads. If you have quite a few, do not attempt to get them all in one facial. Target the ones that are most visible. This must be done delicately so as not to cause scarring. If the blackhead or the white head is stubborn, do not force it.
After extractions you should use an astringent on those spots and areas to close pores. A full toning should be saved until after the mask.
Applying the mask
Apply your skin-type specific mask in a downward direction to your face and neck area. Note: if it’s a mask for oily skin. do not apply to your neck.Relax and wait for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Then remove the mask with warm water and a facial sponge or face cloth, making sure all remnants are wiped away.
Toning your skin, is always necessary after a cleanse. It brings back your skin’s natural balance and PH and removes any remnants of the cleanser. It also preps your skin to accept the upcoming moisturizer.
In a home facial, however, it is best to save this step until after the mask, to be sure any remainder of the mask is removed from the pores.
Apply day cream (moisturizer)
Now the luxurious feel of your skin will be noticeable. Finish your facial with a skin-specific, hydrating day cream and you’re good to go.
You will love your new skin! It will feel plump, moisturized and renewed. At the most you should have a facial every 4-6 weeks and at the least at each season change. You could even add a professional one every now and then to ensure your skin stays in top condition.