DIY Facial Instructions

There are so many one-step facial products that I’ve seen – and some that I’ve tried – that have really not impressed me. People are busy and hectic, and find shortcuts to get things done quickly.

I believe this isn’t fair. We all owe it to ourselves to take the time out to pamper our needs, and do it properly. The value-added single step facial products are taking away valuable time needed for you. By giving yourself the real-deal, you are focusing on yourself, you are spending time with yourself, and you are giving your face the proper treatment to glow. Naturally.
These instructions go hand-in-hand with the DIY Home Facial products.

Things to keep in mind

Redness

Many of the same facial treatments boast that there is no redness after the treatment, but the redness that comes from a proper facial is more normal than it’s not. The heat, steam and cleanse work the skin, increase the circulation and help to remove impurities lying beneath the surface, which leaves you with clean, smooth, healthy skin. The redness tends to abate after a few hours, but for some people it could take a day or more. If you are planning on performing a facial prior to a big event, plan ahead and perform the facial a week in advance to allow for the skin to calm.

Post Facial Breakouts

Another common issue is breakouts after facials. While in theory, there should be no breakout in blemishes after a facial is performed, it’s also normal if it does happen.

Breakouts from Bacteria

A facial can stir up bacteria lying underneath the skin surface, and once the facial treatment is completed, any bacteria left behind can cause a breakout.

Detox Breakouts

There are also instances where there are layers of built up sebum, dead skin and more in the pores, which the skin will detox post-facial. This is a case where the skin may seem to get worse before it gets better. Regular facial treatments and a regular cleansing routine will help to prevent a recurrence.

Ingredient Breakout

Other times, the skin make be reactive to an ingredient.

Breakouts from Over-eagerness

Over eagerness in the massage and exfoliation phase can cause extra irritation to the skin. Also remember to be gentle. More is not always better, and this is the case with facials. It is recommended to repeat a facial another day if required rather than go overboard in one day.

DIY Home Facial

  • 1. Cleanse (1 minute) – If applicable, remove makeup with damp cotton pad. Use about 1 tsp cleanser (milk, milk soap, cleansing cream, etc) on moist fingertips and apply to neck and face, moving upwards. Remove with a warm face cloth or towel. Click here for a FREE moisturizing cream recipe!
  • 2. Exfoliate (1 minute) – Apply exfoliant to damp fingertips and rub gently onto neck and face, moving upwards. Avoid the eyes. Add extra drops of water if needed.
  • 3. Steam (5 minutes) – pour 2-3 cups of steaming water into a bowl with 1 tablespoon of your herbal blend. Place your face over the bowl and drape a towel over your head. 3-5 drops of essential oil can also be used. To cleanse and relax, steam for 3-5 minutes. For a deeper cleanse, steam for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can dip a cloth or towel into the basin and place directly on the face, wrapping to keep nose and mouth exposed. You may need to dip the towel 2-3 times, as it can cool quickly.
  • 4. Massage (15 minutes)
    • a. starting at the middle of the forehead, place finger tips along the hair line. Keeping them in place, rotate them gently three times. Move down a little and repeat. Continue until the entire forehead has been massaged.
      b. At the temples, rotate the fingertips in a slow, smooth up-and-out motion. Repeat several times.
    • c. Lightly pinch the eyebrows between thumb and forefinger and slowly and lightly move along the eyebrow. repeat several times.
    • d. just beneath the eyebrow, press up and in lightly with the middle finger. Continue this motion, following the ocular orbit, until you reach the end of the eye brow. Then gently sweep your fingers under the eyes and back to the starting position. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.
    • e. Next place your fingers along your cheekbones. Use small, slow movements and gently use circular movements and move down your face until the rest of the face has been covered. Repeat three times.
    • f. Starting at the bridge of the nose, use your middle finger of each hand to gently and slowly rotate three times, then move down along the next point until you get to the base of the nostril. Once there, press in and hold for 10 seconds.
    • g. Use the fingertips to gently rotate in stationary circles around the mouth. Repeat three times.
    • h. Massage under the jaw line by rotating the fingers in small circles from the center of the chin towards the ears. Repeat three times.
    • i. Draw hands down to the base of the neck. Starting at one side of the neck, one finger at a time, slowly slide each finger up the neck the to chinline. Repeat with the middle of the neck, then the other side. Repeat several times.
  • 5. Mask (15 minutes) – The mask we’re using is a cleansing and drawing mask. Remove 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of powder from the tin and into a separate small bowl. Add half as much water (or flower water), yogurt, honey or any other “wet” ingredient and mix well, adding more as needed to make a spreadable mixture. Start at the base of the neck and cover all areas, leaving the lips and around the eyes. You can use floral water on cotton pads on the eyes while you wait. Do not use essential oils. Relax for 10-15 minutes. You can use cucumber slices or green tea bags over the eyes while you relax. Remove the mask by using a face towel and dab softly with warm water, then rinse with cool water and mist liberally with a toner. Let your face air dry. (For a free toner recipe, click here!)
  • 6. Moisturize – The moisturizer can be applied using short, massaging strokes. Be careful not to pull or drag the skin.

After your facial….

Once your facial is finished, there are some things to be careful of in order to reduce redness and keep your glowing skin.

    • Cold Compress
      Apply a cold compress. Using herbal compress or green tea bags are an excellent way to reduce the warm and redness after a facial.
    • Heat
      Avoid saunas (or other way to heat your face), massages and working out immediately after your facial.
    • Don’t Touch It!
      Avoid touching your face. Although you now have baby-smooth skin, it is also vulnerable to bacteria. You’ve just spend all of this time cleaning it and pulling all that out, so avoid adding to it by keeping your hands away from your face. Also skip your skin washing routine at the end of the day and avoid vigorous scrubbing for 48 hours.
    • Moisturise
      Use a gentle non-comedogenic cream or cleanser using your fingertips. Sponges and cloths could contain bacteria and feel too harsh. Skip the toner for the first few washes.
    • Avoid face peels
      Avoid at-home peels for at least 72 hours.
    • There might be pimples
      If you notice there are still pimples that were too deep to be affected by the facial, leave them alone. See #2.

The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to test, treat or diagnose health problems or diseases. This information is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional.

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