Create your own spa moment with a luxurious at-home facial
Posted on August 21, 2017
Your face. Probably one of the most important parts of your body in terms of how you see the world - and how the world sees you. The most important aspect of your face is your expression - and your expressions come from your thoughts and feelings.
A facial done well - in the spa or at home - can provide a mental lift. In between spa visits, an at-home facial is probably one of the best wellness and anti-aging steps you can take.
Here are the keys to giving yourself a facial that will leave you glowing.
- Set the mood. If you get this right, you’ll experience that “peace release,” where your perspective shifts. Candles and flowers can create a relaxing atmosphere, which can help you enter into a more relaxed state. Be sure that everything you need is at your fingertips, and you can sit comfortably as you treat yourself to a relaxing facial.
- Gather your ingredients. You’ll need a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, masque, and moisturizer. If you want to give yourself a special treat, include a facial massage with oil, steam, or an eye treatment. After everything is ready, you might want to do something else for a while, then come back - nothing like a little anticipation to make it extra special.
- Start by cleaning. Remove dirt and makeup using a gel cleanser for oily or combination skin, and a creamy or milky cleanser for dry skin. Be gentle around your eyes. Next, apply a toner with a cotton pad or spritzer. You can make your own using 2 teaspoons of powdered green tea steeped in ½ cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then cooled. Or, for a little zing, steep 1 peppermint tea bag in ½ cup of witch hazel and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
- Steam your face to open pores. Add 2 - 3 drops of floral essential oil, such as chamomile, lavender, or rose to about 5 cups of warm water in a bowl. Lean over the bowl with your face about a foot from the water’s surface and cover your head with a towel. Steam for 10 - 15 minutes. Make sure you can be relaxed and comfortable as you do this. Breathe in and out slowly, thinking pleasant thoughts.
- Exfoliate. Remove the dead skin cells that can dull your complexion. Use a gentle exfoliant created especially for the face. Rub across the skin lightly in circles. Rinse well.
- Massage. Choose a facial massage blend created for your type of skin, or make your own with a nutritious carrier oil such as sweet almond, which is rich in vitamins A, B1, B, and B6. Or use jojoba oil, which is rich in vitamin E. Add a couple of drops of essential oil - rose, palmarosa, neroli, lavender, jasmine, or carrot seed. After you have massaged, apply a warm, moist washcloth to remove any excess oil.
- Go all out - apply a masque - and relax. You can make your own masque out of 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, which is ideal for all skin types. Or, if your skin tends to be dry, mix ½ of a mashed avocado with ¼ cup of honey. If your skin tends to be oily, mix 1 ripe mashed banana, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few drops of fresh orange or lemon juice. Brush the masque on and leave it on for 10 - 15 minutes while you relax, preferably in a prone position with your eyes closed. Remove the masque with lukewarm water or another warm, moist washcloth. Apply toner again, and finish with an application of your usual moisturizer.
An at-home facial only takes a half hour or so, but that glowing feeling of replenishment will last throughout the day and beyond.