Long ago I realized having a monthly facial would be far too expensive to maintain. For that matter, buying salon face products is far too expensive, if you’re asking me. Still, no one wants to age faster than absolutely necessary! After a little research, I found a combination of techniques and natural products to give me nice looking skin without the hefty price tag. Many of the natural, homemade products work much better than their expensive counterparts. Here’s a breakdown of my method, and then the product recipes!
Facial Materials: towel, washcloth, pot of hot water, baking soda, mud mask, moisturizer, essential oils (optional)
Put water on to boil first. Remove any makeup residue.
Scrub face with a paste of baking soda and water. If you’re oil prone, the paste can be thicker. If you’re dry skinned, this step can be skipped entirely. The point is exfoliation, which can be achieved several ways. I like the baking soda scrub because it has ne extra chemicals and baking soda brightens my skin.
When the water boils, take the pot off the stove and set on hot pads. Cover your head and the pot with a towel, make SURE to keep the towel away from the hot stove! Steam face for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on your own tolerance of heat. More is not always better, so better to only do 5 minutes and be happy than have a red face! When the time is up, your face will be sweaty and wet. Dry it with the same towel, then apply the mud mask.
Allow mask to dry while you sip on something spa-like. (Think water with lemon or cucumber, a smoothie, or hot tea?) Wash off mud mask with warm water, then apply your moisturizer. Give your face time to “breath” after this facial, meaning do not put on makeup right away. Your face will be much happier!
Baking soda scrub is simply baking soda and water.
Herbs or Essential oils can be added to water, but use with caution and do your research.
Mud mask is simply equal parts (bentonite or french) clay and liquid. I use clay and milk. During breakouts, I’ve used clay, milk, and a small spoonful of honey. Clay and apple juice works well. I don’t typically use anything that will tingle or burn, because my face has just been steamed. Clay and water is the simplest solution, and will calm the face and pull toxins.
My moisturizer of choice is grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is a light oil and absorbs quickly. It can also be combined in equal parts with Aloe vera gel for very smooth skin!
Store bought products can be substituted for the homemade ones, although I find that there isn’t a moisturizer on the market that can compete!
This facial can be done once a month easily because you’re not spending a fortune or having to carve out several hours of time. All the products, once purchased, last for years!
**Note:I have intentionally not linked to a gazillion web sites. Vitacost, Amazon, Bulk Herb Store, Mountain Majestic Herbs, Frontier Herbs, and your local health food store all carry many of these products. Grapeseed oil and aloe vera gel can be found at Walmart! There are plenty of good resources!