As mentioned in a previous post, regular facials are essential to beautiful skin and an important step in a great skin care regime. Think of a facial as deep conditioning treatment for your face. As with your hair, they should be performed at least once or twice a month for optimum results. however, with facials ranging from $60-100 plus bucks at your local spa or full service salon, they can be quite pricey but have no worries. my vixens, I have detailed step by step below how you can similar (not quite the same) benefits at home.
Step 1: Remove makeup if necessary & follow with an appropriate cleanser for your skin type. Oily skin type should use a foaming or gel cleanser, while dry skin type should stick with a “milky” or cream cleanser.
Step 2: Apply a facial scrub of you choice, massage in for 3-5 minutes. To aid in this process before you apply your exfoliate you can stream you face with an at home facial steamer ( you can purchase these from any drugstore or Walmart, target etc) or by placing your face over a warm bowl of water with a towel over you head for a few minutes. The steam will allow you pores to open up, loosen any blackheads, or clogged pores, thus making the product able to penetrate the skin better and work more effectively.
Step 3: Take a warm, damp face cloth place over the face let sit for 2-3 minutes, then gentle wipe exfoliant off. Rinse face pat dry.
Step 4: (This step is optional and should only be done as need.) Now is the perfect time to remove any blackheads. You can do this manually with you fingers by gentle pressing up on the nose (or affected area) using a blackhead extractor or using a blackhead strip, such as Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip (this is the safest method if you are no familiar with extractors).
Step 5: Apply a store-brought mask or you can make one at home (many recipes can be found online, if you would like to see some on Vixen Varsity please let me know!). Let the mask sit for 10-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Step 6: Tone skin with a toner or astringent of your choice.
Step 7; Lastly, apply your favorite moisturizer!
That’s it! Simple, right?
I usually try to do this once a week not only for the skin benefits, but to relax and have some “Me Time”. Often time when my mask is on I will play relaxing music, give myself a little pedi or take a nice bubble bath. It’s so important to unwind and take some time for yourself. Your mental well-being is just as important as your physical.
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