Get Natural Glowing Skin Now Using This DIY Facial
Want to maintain that glowing skin all through winter? Well, I have a treat for you: A 7-step DIY Facial Routine! It might seem a bit meticulous but I can promise that the results are worthwhile. The mentionable products are things you may have at home already and/or things you use in your current routine. Be sure to do this twice a month as part of your self-care regimen:
1. S T R I P
I prefer to remove my makeup with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and a soft, clean cloth. Using oil means that it will naturally dissolve the dirty grime on the skin without stripping the natural oils or resorting to harsh chemicals. It is capable of removing foundation, mascara, eyeliner, lip liners and lipsticks- pretty much everything!
To use, take a small amount into your hands and warm the oil using friction. Apply onto face and massage using circular motions. Run a clean washcloth under warm water, wring out and place it over your face for a minute. Then, use the washcloth to lift and wipe away any oil that is left.
Alternatively, you can remove make-up with a non-irritating facial wipe. Look for brands that are free of parabens, alcohol and fragrance. When using a facial wipe, remove the eye make-up last. With a bit of coconut oil, gently remove eye-makeup massaging in a circular motion then use the wipe to remove the excess.
2. C L E A N S E
Choose a cleanser that is toxic, sulfate-free and moisturizing. I prefer to use Alaffia’s Authentic African Black Soap cleanser with Peppermint for the moisturizing shea butter that is in it. It doesn’t dry my skin and my skin is so much softer and my complexion has improved. In addition, I use a soft facial sponge to gently cleanse. When using a sponge, be sure to avoid sensitive skin areas like the eyes and keep the touch light. Applying too much pressure causes skin to become inflamed and doesn’t equate to cleaner skin.
3. S T E A M
This has to be the most relaxing part of the routine. To steam, I use an extremely affordable method that involves a saucepan and a bath towel. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove the saucepan from the stove and place atop a heat-resistant pad.
Allow to cool for a moment as you don’t want to expose your skin to extremely hot temperatures. At this point, I typically add some rosebuds or a drop of bergamot and lavender essential oil for a calming, sensual experience. Drape towel over yourself and the saucepan for a makeshift sauna. Do about several two-minute sesh to adequate steam your skin; this will allow the skin to loosen dead skin cells and dirt.
4. E X F O L I A T E
Now that the skin is steamed, it is now ready for exfoliation. Regularly exfoliating removes the dead skin cells and helps for a smoother skin regeneration. Choose a scrub that is gentle and non-abrasive or make your own! To use, smooth the scrub on your entire face and use circular motions to exfoliate for about one to two minutes, no more than that. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Since my oily skin is on the sensitive side, I prefer to exfoliate at least once a week. If your skin is full of acne and/or is cystic, please proceed with caution or consult with a dermatologist. Exfoliating may be too abrasive for highly inflamed skin!
5. M A S K
Go for natural Earth based clay to use as a mask. My go-to is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay or mud direct from the Dead Sea. These types of masks not only tighten pores but purify the skin to remove dirt, oil and whiteheads. To use, apply on your skin and leave on as directed or until fully dried. Remove the mask by rinsing with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
6. T O N E
Between the exfoliation and the mask, you may have traces of products on your skin. That is where a gentle toner comes in. Look for a toner that is alcohol-free and resonates with your skin type. To use, apply the toner on a cotton pad and begin to wipe your entire face. Allow to dry for a couple minutes.
7. M O I S T U R I Z E
Use a simple oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t have the potential to strip your skin post-facial. Keep your choice simple and moisturize with a natural product. I like Jojoba oil since it balances the skin, prevents skin from producing too much oil and resembles human skin sebum. To use, apply a small amount onto your palms and warm the oil with your hands using friction. Without rubbing on to the skin, gently pat your face allowing the oil to absorb on its own without much manual interference. Your glowing skin will thank you!
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