Spa Facial at Home

Today I wanted to share how you can get a spa experience at home.

If you don’t have the time or money for a professional facial treatment every month, it is very easy to do a facial at home.

Face masks are an easy and inexpensive way to perk up your skin and pamper yourself.

It is so important not only for skincare but to have 20 – 30 minutes of alone time and creating a relaxing atmosphere is great for your mind and spirit.

You and your skin will feel refreshed and more alive.

In this video, I show ways on how I like to create that Spa Environment. 
It’s time to tie your hair back and start pampering yourself!

Prep your home spa

This is completely optional but I like to create the ambiance of a spa atmosphere by using relaxing essential oils like lavender with my diffuser, have relaxing music in the background, whether it’s the bathroom, bedroom or any other room, you want to able to be completely relaxed.

I like to have a couple steamed towels prepared ahead of time, we are going to use the towels in later on. 

I like to roll up some face cloths then I add one cup of water to a slowcooker, add a few drops of lavender essential oils, place the towels in the slowcooker, pour another cup of water over the towels, cover and set on low for about 30 minutes.

I also like to have all of my products ready by the sink so I’m not looking around for my cleanser or moisturizer, everything is prepared and ready to be used.

Once I am ready to use a steamed towel I will also have it ready, this allows it to cool for a bit so you don’t scald yourself.

Prep the Face

Start by removing any makeup then gently cleanse the skin.

Here’s where the steamed towels come in, if you don’t want to steam in the slow cooker you can run the towel under warm water – make sure to wring it out first - you don’t want water everywhere, also make sure the towel is at a comfortable temperature as you don’t want to scald yourself.

Placing a warm towel over the face will open the pores, allowing your body to perspire and release toxins and also helps blood flow circulation.

Next is A Good Steam

Steaming opens the pores and helps to release toxins and impurities.

Bring water to boil in a big pot. 
Remove from heat. 
You can add a tablespoon of rose petals, or a few drops of your favorite relaxing essential oils to the water for a spa –like feel.

With a towel, form a tent over your head, lower/lean your face over the pot and capture the steam. 

Be careful not to go too close.

Steam for about 10-15 minutes, if you need to – take short breaks throughout.

Facial Mask

Now it’s my favorite part – the Face Mask.

Choose masks according to your skin type or the issues you want to work on like blemishes or tightening the skin.

My skin has been oily lately so I’m using this clay mask by Aveda.

I did a blog post on Choosing the Right Face Mask, read it HERE!!

Using your middle fingers or you can use a face mask brush, start by applying the mask on the chin area working in an upward motion.

Apply around the hairline, bringing the mask from the hairline towards the centre of the face - avoiding the eye area, eyebrows and lips.

I like to apply downwards on the nose area.

This step is optional but I like to let the mask get deep into my pores so I will steam my face once again, this time for 5 to 10 minutes and then sit down, lay down and relax and enjoy!

Leave the mask on for about 10 – 15 minutes or if you are using a clay mask, until the mask is dry.

For a spa experience at home, you can place cotton pads soaked in rosewater that have been chilled or in the freezer on each eye and just relax, cucumber slices work great as well.

Removing the Mask

Use warm water and a washcloth to gently remove the mask.

I like to place a warm towel or a steamed towel over the face for a few seconds and gently use the towel to remove the mask, the steam will open the pores making sure product or excess oil is not left in the pores.

Don’t forget to wipe away the mask from around your hairline and under your chin.

If your mask is resistant you can use a gentle cleanser to remove any leftover product.

Next is Extractions…

Nobody’s favorite part but it can be somewhat satisfying…

With everything we have just done to the skin, it is very sensitive so you do want to be gentle.

To extract, wrap a tissue around each index finger and carefully place one finger on each side of the blackhead pushing down gently with a slight “squeeze.” The blackheads should come out easily.
If they do not, leave that area alone to avoid irritating the skin.

You can also use an extraction tool, it’s super inexpensive and super easy to use.

Place the loop end (thin side) of the extractor over the blackhead, gently press down on the tip of the loop and if needed apply gentle pressure from side to side, and ease the blackhead out.

Again if the blackhead doesn’t come out, leave it alone to avoid irritation.

You don’t want to go overboard so just extract the obvious blemishes for now.

Make sure to wash the tool after every use.

After Mask Skin Care

Now splash the face with cold water to close the pores and then finish off with a few skincare products.

I like to use a toner just to make sure the skin doesn’t have any left over dirt or mask on it.

Adding a spritz of toner after a mask is often overlooked but important, because this can help soothe skin irritation, it keeps skin hydrated and helps absorb moisturizer.

Moisturize the Skin

Regardless of your skin type, everyone needs to moisturize. Moisturizer helps to protect the skin and maintain the skin’s texture.

Whether you use an oil like Jojoba oil or your favorite moisturizer, it’s best to apply a small amount around a quarter size in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and gently pat in the product.

You don’t want to slather on product after you’ve just cleaned out the pores.

This will complete our spa facial at home.

I hope you found this helpful, and take the time to relax your mind and body.

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