Monday, March 25

At-Home Facial: How to Get Professional Results and Full-On Pampering Without Straining Your Budget

In addition to a pampering treat, facials are the key to healthy skin, but they can be expensive. To maintain a radiant healthy glow, you should try to fit in two facials per month, or one a week if you can make it happen. Following this simple regime, you will be amazed with the results you can achieve at home. Giving yourself an 'at-home' facial allows you to get a great facial whenever it is convenient for commitment required. And if you get in the habit of doing your own facials, you'll get to know your skin better, what it responds to the best in different situations. Ultimately this will keep your skin healthy, youthful and glowing.  This basic facial works on oily, dry and combination skin, giving you complexion perfection.

You’ll want to wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser, like Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, to remove any grime or dirt. Don't forget to remove eye makeup with a makeup remover such as Clinique, or Neutrogena's eye makeup remover are great options.

Boil water in a teapot. Put a towel over your head. Open the spout and stoop over the teapot for 30 seconds. Do a series of three steams with a break in between. This loosens oil and dirt for the next step.
Using your fingers, rub a gentle exfoliating facial scrub, Clinique 7 Day Scrub is wonderful, in a circular motion on your face. Concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead or if you have combo skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be "greasy." Rinse your face well since exfoliating scrubs tend to be drying. If you'd like to make your own try a cornmeal scrub. Mix a paste of finely ground cornmeal and water, spreads it over her face and massage it in as you would a storebought scrub. Rinse with warm water.

For oily skin, use a clay-based face mask. For dry skin, go for a hydrating gel or cream mask.
Apply the mask, avoiding the areas around the eyes. Keep it on for 10-20 minutes (or, according to the directions on the product). Rinse completely. If you'd like to make your own face mask you can find them all over the Internet or use 25 Facial Mask Recipes for 6 Different Skin Types. My favorite is simply 1 whole egg whipped with a spoonful of plain yogurt. Apply to your face and let it completely dry, then rinse. Splash face with cold water to close your facial pores. *If you'd rather try a fruit peel try here or there.

Proper hydration is a crucial part of skin health and anti-aging care. Even oily skin needs hydration (fluid) between the cells.  Apply a small amount of moisturizer by massaging it into skin using your ring and middle finger. Use small upward circular motions. This is one place where a professional facial really stands out. A good facial massage has numerous beneficial elements for skin. When you're giving yourself a facial, be sure not to skimp on the facial massage.

And your done, this regimen leaves your skin refreshed and very clean with a healthy glow. If you can't afford a day at the spa, make time for yourself at home. Give yourself a tailor-made facial in the privacy of your own home. Pamper yourself...'ll be glad ya did!



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