Self Care: Facials Part 2

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“Self-care is never a selfish act– it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer 

 Benefits of Home Facial for Your Skin and Soul

4. Extract

Extractions should only take place after steaming the skin because steam helps to open the follicles and soften the oxidized oil in them. To extract, wrap a tissue around each index finger and carefully place one finger on each side of the blackhead pushing down gently with a slight “squeeze.” The blackheads should come out easily. If they do not, leave them alone to avoid further irritating the skin. You may also use blackhead removal tools

I always do the pore-strip last because the steaming have opened up the pores and softened/loosened all the gunk which means it’s easier for the pore-strip to ‘grab’ and pull it out. Apply a few splashes of cool water following your steam to close your pores (do the same when rinsing your mask).

5. Mask

Professional peels literally remove the top layers of your skin to facilitate cell turnover so fresh, healthy cells can surface. After you wipe off or absorb the formula of your peel, apply a mask. This is your moment of relaxation as your mask works hard to fight off your specific concerns. For oily skin try a mud or clay mask: for dry skin, try one with a hydrating gel or a cream mask. If you’re disturbed by those pesky zits, use a clay-based mask. Dry? Use a moisturizing mask. Does your complexion look lackluster? Try a brightening mask. Do you have one problem on your T-zone but another on your cheeks? You want to choose the perfect mask for the current condition of your skin. Yogurt and lemon (for oily skin) and honey for (dry skin) for better results use both! Take deep breaths during your facial, especially as you wait for your mask to dry. For an extra boost, add your favorite serum underneath your mask. Let it completely absorb first before you apply the mask. Lie down, apply cooled cucumber slices or steeped chamomile teabags over your eyes, (which are great for depuffing that area) and relax for about 20 minutes. Gently remove the mask using warm wet washcloths, and apply a toner to get off any additional residue. Toner depending on the type of mask I used. Once you’re finished, swab the areas with witch hazel to remove any bacteria and encourage your pores to close back up.

6. Hydrate

Oh, and don’t try to skip this step, because you’ll completely lose out on the benefits of your steam by not putting moisture back into the skin. After you rinse off your face, eye, and lip masks, replenish the hydration by softly rubbing in your favorite serum then moisturizer all over (don’t forget your neck and décolleté).

Your skin will feel better and look better. My skin is soft, smooth and glowing after this facial. And your wallet will thank you!

While you are relaxing during your facial, please listen to my Spotify playlist: Spa Music.

xoxo, Christine

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