Beauty & Style
Beautiful skin is the best asset that a woman can own and is the first step towards being a more beautiful you. Irrespective of skin type, your skin will behave how you treat it. This makes your skin’s health proportional to the effectiveness of your skin care regimen.
A typical skin care routine usually comprises of cleansing, toning and moisturizing but should not end there. Regular facials must also be included as part of your personal care because they keep skin radiant by promoting faster skin cell renewal and also relax your mind and body.
In fact experts suggest getting a facial at least four times a year. As much as this makes sense, with the average cost of facials ranging from PKR 2,000 – 5,000, spending on a professional facial can be a challenge in today’s inflating times.
While salon facials are the embodiment of pampering, you can still do a lot at home to maintain your skin between appointments. Design an annual skin care plan whereby you visit your facialist once every quarter and complement these visits by treating yourself to a facial at home every ten days.
To get started, follow the steps below.
What You Need
- Facial sponges
- Bowl of steaming water
- Cleansing milk
- Cucumber slices
Clean and sanitize the area where you plan to give yourself a facial. Arrange all the products that you will need within easy reach. This will minimize distractions during your facial and help you relax.
Boil some water and keep it close by. Wear something loose and comfortable and tie your hair back into a ponytail. Secure any wayward strands with a headband.
Put on some soft music and light your favorite aromatherapy candles.
Wash your hands and rinse your face and neck with lukewarm water. The warm water will open your pores and enable the cleanser to penetrate into the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) to rid it of dirt and other impurities.
Pour a coin sized amount of cleansing milk into your hands and massage it onto your damp skin using gentle upward and outward strokes. This will encourage blood flow to your skin and the silky smooth texture of the cleansing milk will provide a slippery surface so that your fingers don’t pull or stretch the skin. As a rule, steer clear of foaming cleansers as they tend to strip the skin of its natural oils.
Continue massaging for 1-2 minutes. Once finished, wipe your skin clean with a sponge moistened in lukewarm water.
Steaming is an essential part of any facial for two reasons. Firstly, the moisture from the steam removes dirt and bacteria in the skin by softening the surface layer of dead skin cells. This in turn increases the skin’s ability to better absorb products used after steaming.
Secondly, steaming increases blood circulation and leaves your skin with a healthy glow.
Start by draping a large towel over your head. Now lean over the steaming bowl of water for 5-10 minutes. Keep a distance of 10-12 inches from the bowl as getting too close may burn the delicate facial skin. Once finished, lightly dry your face with a towel.
Exfoliation is the process of sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal the healthy skin beneath. Begin by taking a handful of scrub and massage it gently onto your moist skin.
Use circular motions and pay close attention to your nose, cheeks and forehead as these are the areas where blackheads usually occur. Stick to using a scrub with small fine granules and avoid over-exfoliation otherwise your skin may become dry and inflamed.
To remove the scrub, use a sponge dipped in lukewarm water.
A facial mask is used to close pores and tighten the skin. You can apply it using your fingertips or a masque brush. Whatever you use, make sure that it is squeaky clean.
Apply the mask over your face and neck staying clear of your sensitive eye area. Dim the lights and set the timer on your cell phone for 15-20 minutes.
Lie down and place chilled cucumber slices on your eyes. Relax and take a nap if you can. When the mask is 80% dry, wash it off with a sponge dipped in cold water.
Removing the mask before it completely sets prevents unnecessary pulling and tugging on your newly cleansed skin.
Finish by applying an oil-free moisturizer on your face and neck using light upward strokes. If you use an eye cream, this would be the best time to apply it.
Facials are not magical cures and may not show results overnight. They are more like an investment which over time keep your skin supple, fresh and blemish-free. All it takes is commitment and a conscious effort. Do it because you are worth it!