How to: At-Home Facial

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In your teenage years, you will find that sooner or later, you will start to have some acne problems. I’ve had a few facials before and they have been really helpful in clearing up my skin, mainly blackheads. Of course, my acne always comes back. There’s nothing I can do to stop that, either. Because facials are rather expensive, and I need them pretty often, I figured out how to do one at home. You can give others this same facial, or do it on yourself. I suggest doing this every three weeks. This facial is modulated for the cold, dry, winter months. I will post a new facial once we get back the humidity.

BEFOREHAND

Make sure your skin is properly moisturized. I use moisturizer once a day. Even if your skin doesn’t seem dry, you probably still really need it. Moisturizer helps to prevent acne and restore a healthy glow. (See my post on moisturizer here.) If your skin is even slightly dry, it can be very difficult to extract blackheads.

CREATE A RELAXING ENVIRONMENT

If your kind of relaxing is bright light, hard floors, and loud energetic music, then I say, go for it. However, that is definitely not my kind of relaxation. Especially if you are giving a facial to someone else, make sure you create a relaxing and stress-free environment. It doesn’t help to be stressed when you want to remove toxins from the skin. Dim the lights, play soft music, have soft cushions to lounge on, diffuse a relaxing scent like lavender, and offer a magazine or book. Make sure the room is warm, too. Offer socks and a robe. A humidifier is recommended.

STEP ONE

If you’re doing it on yourself, I suggest you take a shower. It will help to steam your face and open the pores, while a warm shower is very relaxing. However, if you’re doing it on somebody else, omit the shower (unless they’re staying overnight.) Wash the face with a gentle acne cleanser. You may need to use makeup remover previously.

STEP TWO

After washing the face, exfoliate with a scrub. This you can make or buy; I like Modern Mom Medicinals’ Bright scrub, but you can make a simple scrub in a flash with equal parts coconut oil and granulated sugar. Add a few drops of lavender and tea tree and you’re set to go. Scrub the forehead first, in circular motions; then the nose and chin. Scrub the rest of the face very gently after that. You should also exfoliate the neck.

STEP THREE

After rinsing the scrub away, wrap a hot, steamy towel around the face. Once it cools, apply the mask. A facial mask can be bought, but you can make it easily with bentonite (Indian healing) clay. Combine two parts liquid with one part clay. I used aloe vera gel with a few drops of each essential oil: frankincense, tea tree (melaleuca), lavender, and ylang ylang. Spread the mask over the face, especially the forehead, nose, and chin (also known as the T zone). Leave on for 15 minutes. Once the time is up, wrap another hot and steamy towel around the face, and once it cools, wipe the mask away with it.

STEP FOUR

Now you can extract the blackheads. Make sure the face is completely dry from any water. Use a bright LED light to find them. It is helpful to put a thin eye mask over the eyes if giving the facial to someone else. You can either extract the blackheads by applying extreme pressure around them with clean fingers, or by using tool like this one.

STEP FIVE

This is the last step. Apply moisturizer in circular motions, working it into the skin. I use this kind of moisturizer. Also moisturize the neck. Apply a lip balm and you’re set to go! Make sure that you drink water or hot tea afterwards, as your body needs that to recuperate after releasing the toxins. It is very helpful to do this before going to bed, as your body need the rest afterwards.

I find that my skin is always bright and glowing the next morning. Doing a facial really helps your skin to release toxins and be more healthy.

I use Modern Mom Medicinals for my scrub and face wash. See my post about them here. I use moisturizer from Yes To Tomatoes.