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What Are The Steps Of A Facial?
Skin & Body
What are the steps of a facial?
1 . Cleansing
2 . Exfoliating
3 . Steaming
4 . Using a facial mask
5 . Moisturizing
At first, remove your makeup if you have anything on. You can take off your makeup with the help of Olive oil. Just take a small cotton roll and gently wipe off the makeup. It’s cheap and convenient!
Now wash your face with a mild facial cleanser.
Currently I am using Clean and Clear foaming facial wash. It’s gentle for my skin and does not break me out.
You can exfoliate with a commercial facial scrub or make your own. I prefer to use homemade scrubs.
Homemade solution: Here is how you can make your own facial scrub. Take 1 tablespoon (tbsp) of Oatmeal, mix it with warm water, add 3 teaspoon (tsp) of sugar, make a thick paste and use it as a scrub.
If you have sensitive skin you can skip the sugar.
If you have dry skin you can use 4-5 drops of olive oil into the mixture.
If you want to get rid of blackheads, then here is my Cinnamon scrub recipe for blackheads removal.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE :
Using your fingers, gently rub the oatmeal mixture OR your preferred facial scrub onto the face focusing mainly on the forehead, nose and chin area. Avoid the eye area as this area is very sensitive and the skin is thinner around there.
We often neglect this part considering it as a hassle. But if you want to have a fresh and blemish free skin, steaming works like a charm!
You can use a steamer OR you can fill your sink with warm water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.
As for me, I generally take a bowl with hot water, lean my head towards the bowl and cover the head with a towel like the picture shown above. I also like to add a few drops of essential oil in the hot water, but it’s optional. Here is a link of essential oils used in steaming.
This process opens up the pores and takes out the oil and dirt build-up on the skin.
The food ingredients which can be used in a face mask are- banana, honey, lemon juice, olive oil, buttermilk, oatmeal, avocado, apple, sour cream, yogurt, potato, cucumber, tomato, grapes, egg, gram flour.
Mask should be chosen according to your skin type. Here are some masks for different types of skin.
OILY SKIN- BANANA MASK
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp of honey
1 lemon or Orange
Cut the orange or lemon into little pieces and blend with the banana. Then mix it with the honey.
DRY SKIN- YOGURT MASK
1 tbsp of unflavored yogurt
1 tbsp of oatmeal
Add some warm water to the oatmeal to soften it, and then add the yogurt. Finish off the mixture with few drops of honey.
SENSITIVE SKIN- CUCUMBER MASK
Option A or B
Option A .(if skin is dry) -1 tbsp of Yogurt + Few drops of Honey
Option B . (if skin is oily) -1 ripe banana + Few drops of lemon juice
Blend the cucumber and tomato well. Add option A or B combination to the mixture according to your skin.
MATURE SKIN- EGG MASK
1 egg yolk,
1 tsp honey,
Few drops of olive oil.
Beat the egg yolk well. Add the honey and olive oil.
1 egg white,
1 tsp honey
1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
Beat the egg white well and add the rest of the ingredient.
Apply the mask of your choice on your face and neck area in thin layer.
Chop up cucumber in thin layer for your eyes and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
Wash it out with lukewarm water and then rinse with cold water.
No matter your skin type or the season of the year, it’s very important.
For oily/combination skin, I would suggest finding a lotion with little to no oil in it. An oil-free lotion will simply hydrate your skin with water-based ingredients, and help keep your natural oils at the normal level.
For normal to dry skin, look for something that uses natural oils such as olive, almond, jojoba, or avocado oils.
Currently, I am using Olay Beauty Fluid and Josie Maran Argan oil as my everyday moisturizer.
To get the total spa experience, crank up your favorite song or any relaxing music and light a scented candle!