With most of us spending more time at home this DIY facial brings a sense of wellbeing and incorporates elements of nature from ancient plant extracts to restore skin radiance.
Step 1: The Double Cleanse
*If you do not have a cleansing oil you can use pure Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba Oil, just make sure to rinse off with a foaming cleanser.
Step 2. Exfoliate
Exfoliating the skin helps to unblock pores, dissolve dry skin patches and allows for better absorption of active ingredients. Exfoliation is also the key to brightening your complexion and creating the perfect canvas for make-up application.
*Make sure this step is with a physical soft scrub and not an acid based liquid as you are looking for immediate smoothness and brightening. I love to use my Instant Enzyme Glow which is a PH neutral oil-based exfoliant that polishes the skin while at the same time it breaks-down debris and oils to unclog the pores.
Step 3. Steam
This is one of the most important steps of a home facial and allows the pores to open gently for deep cleansing and extractions if needed. You can create your own facial steamer by bringing water to a boil in a large pot and once it has stopped boiling carefully pour some of the water into a large bowl. Next, take a towel and drape it over your head with an opening on one side and slowly lean your face over the bowl. Steam for 5 to 7 minutes, while taking breaks.
*The steam should feel warm and not hot.
**If you have sensitive skin or rosacea you should skip this step.
**Fresh herbs like rosemary help create a refreshing aroma.
Step 4. Extractions (only if needed)
I don’t usually suggest doing your own extractions at home however given the circumstances you may need to do a few on your t T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin).
To do the extraction: Wrap a tissue around each index finger and carefully place one finger on each side of the milia or blackhead pushing down gently with a slight squeeze. The blackheads should come out easily, if not then wait until you can get professional extractions.
Step 5. Treatment Mask
I love to use my Himalayan Honey Mask as honey has known properties that helps to rebalance the skin. Next - Place cucumber slices on the eyes if you have them.
*You can also make a simple honey mask at home.
Honey And Cacao Mask
To Make: Blend one tablespoon of your favorite honey with 1/4 teaspoon of raw Cacao and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite cold-pressed oil such as Argan Oil. Mix together and leave on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with warm water. Oilier skin types may want to add 1 teaspoon of fine milled French Kaolin Clay.
***I like to take this opportunity to relax with music while laying down on my back. I also spend a few minutes doing deep breathing exercises.
Step 6. Add Your Actives
Once you have rinsed off your facial mask with warm water, pat dry your skin and apply your favorite serum. I love to apply my Elixir C Serum which offers firming and brightening properties.
Step 7. Moisturize & Facial Massage
A simple lymphatic facial massage is a great way to tone and lift the appearance of the skin and relieve tension. I like to apply a a few drops of my Vitamin C Cold Pressed Oil while incorporating my Rose Quartz roller at this stage.
**Finish with a spritz of your favorite mist. I love using my Infused Beauty Water that is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and uplifting notes of Neroli Flower and Ylang Ylang that help me feel a sense of wellbeing.