Here at Cosmetics4less we love a Spa Facial but you can keep your skin looking fresh and clear with a DIY Spa Facial at home. It won't take long or cost a lot and the results will speak for themselves. Not only will your complexion look its best but you will feel relaxed and pampered with a well deserved feeling of well being.
The Basic Facial.
First of all cleanse your skin thoroughly with your usual cleanser applying in a circular motion from your neck upwards. Tissue off if your skin is dry or splash off with body temperature water if your skin is oily or combination.
If you have time for a bath do so now. The steam will open up your pores making it more receptive to the mask treatment. If a bath is not possible you can get the same results with a bowl of hot water. Add a couple of drops of whichever essential oil you prefer. Lavender or eucalyptus is good. Alternatively add a chamomile tea bag. Place your head over the bowl and place a towel over your head. Breath deeply and allow to work for several minutes.
Then exfoliate skin. For suggestions of exfoliators see below. Gently massage the exfoliator into your face in gentle circular motions. Wash or tissue the exfoliator off.
Then apply the face mask. Make sure your skin is dry if you are using a clay based mask so that the mask will dry out. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Place a couple of slices of cucumber or cold tea bags over your eyes while the mask is working. Wash the mask off.
Then massage your skin with your usual moisturiser or make your own oil based massage cream. Use wheat germ oil, grape oil or any other carrier oil and blend in some essential oils. Lavender is good, Tea Tree is good for blemished skin and Neroli is good for sensitive skin. Shake this mixture in a glass bottle, put a few drops into your palms, rub together to warm and apply from the neck up in circular motions.
Finally apply an eye cream. Apply with your ring or pinkie finger. Be very gentle to avoid damaging the delicate skin around the eyes.
Skin cells are constantly renewing themselves but the dead skin cells can be left on the surface. Exfoliators will remove these dead cells, revealing the new, fresh skin cells underneath.
Don't over exfoliate, once or twice a week is plenty. Any more frequently and you might develope blemishes, visible broken veins or an increase in skin oil.
There are many types of exfoliators on the market from grainy exfoliators to acid fruit peels. If you have dry, dehydrated or sensative skin, choose a gentle exfolitor. If you have an oily skin you can use one that is a little more vigorous. However if your oily skin is prone to spots use the gentle version so as not to over stimulate the oil glands.
Home made Exfoliators.
You can make your own exfoliator by mixing oatmeal with honey. Apply to your face in circular motions. This exfoliator treatment is mild and gentle enough for all skin types. For an oilier skin mix some rice with sea salt and honey.