The beginning of the weekend brings one thing to mind… TGIF! Time to recharge, relax and rejuvenate after a long week. The best way to do that, in my opinion, is to give yourself an at home facial 🙂 Five super simple steps to give your skin a youthful boost and get you ready for the new week!
Cleansing is of the utmost importance when giving yourself a facial. You want to start with a clean palette, fresh from any makeup or pollution from the day and week. I suggest using an all natural cleanser or fragrance free soap to start.
Once you have a clean face it is time to exfoliate! Exfoliation is key to a good facial as it gets rid of any dead or dry skin cells and leaves you with a super smooth surface! I recommend making your own scrub, there are millions of recipes to choose from (coffee grinds + jojoba oil) (brown sugar + olive oil) (oatmeal + avocado) You can really make a facial scrub out of anything, as long as you have some sort of exfoliating agent. Have fun with this part 🙂
Steam, steam, steam. I would have to say this is the more relaxing parts of a facial. It is essential for opening up your pores and getting all the extra yuckiness deep in your pores out! You can go about this in one of two ways. The first option is to turn your sink into your own personal face steamer. Do this by turning the hot water up all the way, leaning your face over the sink and covering yourself and the sink with a bath towel. This traps all the steam inside your little cocoon. (Careful not to touch the actual faucet with your face, it will be HOT!) Second option, and one I use most, is to soak a washcloth in hot water. Ring it out as to get all the water out, but keep it damp. Lay down and set the towel on your face for as long as it stays warm. Repeat until you have steamed for 5-10 minutes. (Again, make sure your towel isn’t too hot to put on your face, you want to steam, NOT burn.)
Once your pores are steamed and open, your skin is ready for some treatment. This is the part where I use a detoxifying face mask. I recommend a dead sea mud mask as the dead sea mud is not only full of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium, but it also extracts toxins deep in your pores, as well as improves blood circulation to your skin. Basically you are detoxifying and rejuvenating all in one. Yes please 🙂 Of course there are many different masks out there to choose from, each offering a different benefit and worth trying! Leave your mask on for however long it tells you to, usually 10-15 minutes, and then gently rinse it off with luke warm water.
You’ve made it to the final step! Moisturizing 🙂 This is where you will really add that extra smoothness to your skin. You never want to skip this step, as your skin my be slightly dry from all the cleansing and rinsing. Think of it as the top coat of your manicure. You spent all that time getting your nails looking great and want to finish it off with that final clear coat to protect and prolong it. That’s all you are doing with moisturizer, protecting and prolonging healthy skin by feeding it moisture! I have a special DIY Moisturizer that I make especially for this part. And let me tell you, your skin will never be softer! All you need is jojoba oil, tea tree oil, and coconut oil. Recipe below.
All you have to do is massage this serum onto your skin and let it sit for as long as you’d like. I prefer doing my facial right before bed so that I can leave this on my face all night to completely soak in. But leaving it on for just 15-20 minutes will give you the same effect. The coconut oil is one of nature’s best oils for skin. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and leaves your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. The tea tree oil will add just one more layer of cleansing as it too is antibacterial. The jojoba oil is the most integral part of this serum. This is because it is the oil most similar to our own skin sebum and therefore easily absorbed by the skin. Not only that, but jojoba oil is also transdermal, allowing it to delve deeper into your pores than any other oil, taking with it its moisturizing benefits as well as those of both the tea tree oil and the coconut oil.
That’s all there is to it! Just remember those five little words when you are in need of rejuvenating your skin!
-The Farmer’s Daughter