At Home Facial

Ingredients:

Cleanser/exfoliant

1 tsp          ground oatmeal
1 tsp          baking soda

Mask

1 tbsp        honey (preferably raw)
1 tsp          powdered milk
1 tsp          ground oatmeal
½ tsp         turmeric (it’s a spice – you can find it in any grocery store)
½ – 1 tsp    lime or other citrus juice

Other Ingredients

Green tea
Water

Directions:

Start boiling about 3-4 cups of water.  If you don’t already have some green tea ready, boil 4-5  cups.

The steps to a facial are:

  • Cleanse – removes dirt and oils
  • Exfoliate – removes dead skin cells – this step is very important when you use turmeric, otherwise the yellow from the turmeric can stain the dead skin cells on your face.
  • Steam – opens up your pores in order to get the full benefit of the mask
  • Mask – Combines several naturally found AHA’s (alpha hydroxyl acids) to increase skin cell regeneration.  Turmeric has been used for centuries to help draw impurities off of the skin.  If you have an important event, do this about 9 days prior or skip the turmeric.
  • Tone – Toners should not dry your skin but create a protective barrier to help lock in moisture
  • Moisturize – If you don’t know the benefits of moisturizing then do an internet search and find out – start using moisturizer, preferably with sunscreen, today!

Step 1: Cleanse/Exfoliate

To reduce the time the facial takes this method combines the cleansing and exfoliating steps. Combine the oatmeal and baking soda together.  Hint: a fork works very well. Wet your face with warm water.  Put the oatmeal mix in your hand and add just enough water to make a paste.  Put the paste on your face and begin rubbing your face in small circular motions.  Do not press too hard and do not put the mixture around your eyes.  The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and thin and you don’t want to cause any damage.  The water will start to evaporate, but continue rubbing your face with the mixture for about 5 minutes.  Rinse the mixture off of your face completely.

Hint: You might start to feel a bit of a tingly or scraping sensation on your face, if it starts to burn then you are rubbing too hard.

Step 2: Steam

By now the water should be boiling.  Remove from heat.  Follow the directions of your green tea package if you are just now making it and set aside.  You can put the remaining water in a bowl or do as I do and just bring the pot to the table (placed on a trivet to protect my table, of course).  Tilt your head over the pan (being careful not to touch it with your face – it’s hot!) and drape a towel over your head and the bowl so that you create a steam tent.  Wait for 5-10 minutes (or until you just can’t handle it no more).  Rinse your face with lukewarm water (do not use cold or hot).  Then pat your face dry.

Hint: I like to add a sprig of rosemary or lavender and/or add a couple drops of rose water or other relaxing natural essence oil.

Step 3: Mask

Combine the honey, the powdered milk, ground oatmeal and turmeric.  It should be very thick.  Slowly add the lime juice until you have a consistency that will be easy to spread and stay on your face.  Then apply the mask to your face.  Set your timer for 25 minutes and sit back and relax.  After the time is up, rinse your face with warm water.  After the mask is completely washed off, rinse your face with COLD water to close your pores.

Hint: If you do not have powdered milk you can use yogurt or regular milk.  You just won’t be able to use as much lime juice.  If you chose to use the yogurt or milk, slowly add it in.  You can also add in more oatmeal to thicken the mixture.

Step 4: Tone

Using a cotton ball, dip the cotton into your green tea and rub on your face.  Let dry naturally.  Green tea creates a natural barrier and is full of anti-oxidants that will help protect your face from free radicals.

Hint: Green tea will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge.  Put it in a spray bottle and then spray on your face for your next facial.  You can also use it daily after you cleanse your face.

Step 5: Moisturize

Use your favorite moisturizer – hopefully one that is made from natural plant sources and is organic.  The pesticides and other additives that are used in beauty products can sometimes cause as much harm as the product does good.

Hint:  Use unrefined coconut oil – it doesn’t clog your pores and your skin will thank you.

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