In today’s fast-paced, frenetic world, it’s often difficult to find the time to visit a spa for a relaxing and rejuvenating facial.
For those who can’t get away to a spa for a weekend or even a few hours, you can luxuriate at home using simple recipes for rejuvenating and restorative facials. But before you indulge yourself, here are some helpful tips:
- Always clean your face before steaming
- Steam your skin once a week to clean pores, increase circulation in the facial capillaries and moisturize
- Steam can be hot! When steaming the face, be careful not to scald the skin with the steam. If you feel a burning sensation inside your nose, the steam is too hot – wait a few minutes for the water to cool down before trying again.
- When applying a treatment to your face, don’t forget your neck. The skin on your neck ages the same way as the skin on your face
- Use white towels – some ingredients may discolor darker towels
Remember the five steps to healthy skincare
- Cleanse to rid the skin of dirt, makeup and oils
- Steam to open the pores, deep clean the pores and increase circulation
- Nourish the skin with a mask or peel to further remove dirt deep within the pores and to nourish and replenish the skin with essential vitamins and minerals
- Tone to tighten the pores and prepare the skin for moisturizing
- Moisturize to replenish the skin with fluid and finely coat it with a protective film
Now you are ready to treat yourself and your skin with your favorite products, or try these simple recipes:
Gentle Thyme & Fennel Seed Cleanser
- 2 springs fresh thyme, crushed (or ½ tablespoon dried thyme)
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Juice of ½ lemon
Mix thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and store it in a jar for future use.
Now your cleanser is ready to use. Simply wipe the face and neck each morning with the solution using a clean cotton pad or cotton ball.
Why it Works: Gentle enough for sensitive skin. The fennel seeds are not only good for cleansing and toning the skin, they reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme’s antioxidant action offers protection from free radical damage and speeds up skin cell regeneration. It helps to improve skin tone and has mild astringent qualities so it balances the pH of the skin.
Peppermint & Rosemary Facial Steam
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 gallon boiling water
Pour boiling water into a large bowl or clean bathroom sink. Let it cool slightly before adding the essential oils. Gently lower the face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel, allowing the vapors and steam to accumulate for 10 minutes.
Why this works: This herbal steam will open the pores, extract impurities and clear sinuses. It has the added benefit of alleviating headaches and releasing tension.
Banana & Chickpea Protein Mask
- 4 tablespoons chickpea flour
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
- 1 egg, beaten
Blend chickpea flour and bananas into a paste. Add beaten egg and apply mixture to face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
Why this works: Chickpea flour is an effective skin-softening exfoliator, it stimulates circulation and rejuvenates tissues. Bananas are rich in potassium and Vitamin A – they are natural emollients and help reduce redness and puffiness. Egg will tighten pores and leave your skin feeling revitalized.
Lemon & Mint Toner
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¼ cup witch hazel
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Place tea bag in boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Discard tea bag and allow tea to cool. Add witch hazel and lemon juice and store in a container in the refrigerator. To use, simply wipe face and neck with the solution with a clean cotton ball.
Why this works: This toner is ideal for normal to slightly oily skin – it removes any residue, closes pores and restores balance to the skin.
Sweet Orange Wrinkle Banisher
- 2 teaspoon hazelnut oil
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 8 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine oils and massage gently into the skin. Use morning and night after cleansing.
Why this works: This is particularly effective for treating wrinkles caused by over exposure to the sun or other environmental damage. Orange oil helps rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. Almond oil helps replenish the skin’s moisture. Hazelnut oil has skin tightening qualities, it can help strengthen capillaries and regenerate cells, and is said to have potential UV filter capabilities.
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