Daily makeup is part of a woman’s life, most of us don’t even think of going out without wearing makeup. We are used to pay a lot of attention to all the steps for our daily makeup, to trends and the products we use. Unfortunately, there aren’t so many of us who can praise with the attention paid to the most important step in our beauty routine: facial cleansing. A proper facial cleansing helps us keep the skin healthy and glowing.
1. Wash your face and neck with a mild facial cleanser. Using your fingertips, gently rub in an upward motion. Rinse well.
2. Steam face with a wet towel. Soak a towel in very warm water. Wring out excess water and wrap towel around your face. Keep your nose exposed… so you can breath;). Leave on for 5 minutes. The warmth will gently open pores.
3. Now apply a facial mask. A French Green Clay mask makes an excellent facial treatment. It has been used to enhance beauty for centuries. It draws oils, toxins, and other impurities, improving the tone and health of skin. Fullers Earth Clay Mask is suggested for oily and acne prone skin.
Relax for the next 10-15 minutes while the mask works its magic. This is the time to put your feet up and let go of stress. Then, gently remove the mask with warm water and a clean cloth. Dead skin cells will be whisked away with the mask.
4. Next, apply a facial toner with a soft cotton pad. Allow to air dry.
5. Finish with a natural facial moisturizer. Moisturizing is especially effective after a steam and facial mask treatment. The moisturizer will sink right into skin.
Homemade Facial Recipes
You can use the following natural homemade facial recipes when do a home facial; leave them on for a minimum of 20 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse off with clean lukewarm water.
Crushed strawberries: use them alone or mixed with oatmeal.
Ripened pears: give an astringent action to oily skin.
Cabbage leaves: apply the juice from a few green cabbage leaves.
Cucumber mask: grind or mash enough to cover your face; this is refreshing.
Honey mask: 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice or cider vinegar.
Brewers’ yeast facial: 1 teaspoon of powdered yeast and 2 teaspoons of warm water; adjust consistency so it spreads like a paste.
The beaten white of an egg – with the optional addition of ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice or cider vinegar; good for oily or balanced skin.
Another version of an egg-white facial is to beat it with a tablespoon of skimmed milk.
Mix an egg yolk, a few drops of cider vinegar and a little vegetable oil; good for dry skin.
You will find giving yourself a steam facial is stimulating. Steam encourages the pores to push out dirt and impurities; it promotes perspiration and stimulates circulation.
If you have sensitive skin or broken veins do not be tempted to do a home facial without seeking advice from a professional first.
Steaming with herb infusions is most beneficial. Pour boiling water over herbs in a bowl; make a towel into a head tent and steam your face over the bowl for 10 minutes. Blot your skin dry, tone, then moisturize.
The following herbs cans be used individually when you do a home facial or combined for your homemade steam facial:
For cleansing, soothing: camomile, lady’s mantle, nettle, rosemary, thyme.
For tightening: peppermint, elderflower, tincture of benzoin, gum arabic.
For drying: yarrow.
For healing: leek, comfrey, fennel.
When the mask is taken off, you will notice the blood vessels have expanded and your skin looks rosier; fluid from the enlarged blood vessels plumps up the inner layer, smoothing the skin and compressing the pores.
There will be a definite improvement in the appearance of your skin, and although this ‘mask effect’ is temporary, the skin is exercised and stimulated.
Experiment with different facial masks to find which suits your skin the best.