A little pampering is a positive thing, no matter what your skin type. Whether your skin tends to be dry, oily, rough or acne-prone, it can benefit from rejuvenating home treatments.
Luckily, you don’t need to book expensive trips to the salon to indulge your skin in some potent pampering. This type of pampering can help prevent and heal common skin ailments as well as refresh your spirits. It is relatively simple to create a relaxing home-spa experience that will help you achieve radiantly clear skin. To create home spa experiences complete with Homemade Facials, all you’ll need is a sink and a few simple supplies. Your problem skin will welcome the pampering and you might even get some much-needed relaxation in the process.
Step 1: Set the Mood
Part of the mystique of a spa setting is the beautiful ambiance. It is possible to recreate the inviting atmosphere of a spa in your own home. When you’ve chosen the room to transform, first find a way to dim the lights. Soft, low lighting can support a relaxed mood and settle your mind. Next, play some slow, rhythmic music. Complete the home spa vibe by lighting a scented aromatherapy candle. Favorite candle scents of top spas include lavender, eucalyptus and mandarin. These and other scented oils support deep breathing and a positive mentality.
You can also contribute to the home-spa mood by sipping a mug of hot herbal tea throughout your face-pampering process. Drinking hot teas such as chamomile, mint and rooibos can support your body’s natural elimination processes, keep you hydrated and help you gently sweat.
Step 2: Gently Cleanse
Kick off your at-home face pampering with a gentle cleanse. It is best to choose a fragrance-free, soap-free cleanser — one that will not irritate your skin. If you have exceptionally dry skin, you might choose to cleanse with an unscented, oil-based cleanser instead. Use warm water — not hot — to lather and rinse your face. Follow the cleansing with several splashes of icy cold water. The frigid water might sting a bit, but it helps to improve circulation to your facial skin. Cold water also helps tone your skin and close your pores.
Step 3: Enjoy Exfoliation
The process of sloughing off dead skin cells with a slightly abrasive substance is called exfoliation. Common ingredients in exfoliating formulas include crushed walnut or apricot seeds, salt, sugar and coffee grounds. You can purchase a spa-quality exfoliating cleanser or make your own at home. A simple home recipe for exfoliation is a mixture of equal parts sea salt, honey, brown sugar and your favorite face lotion. Just mix the four ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your face. After gently scrubbing your face with your fingertips for one minute, you will be ready to rinse off the exfoliating potion and reveal fresher, more radiant skin.
Step 4: Add Magic With Massage
After you’ve exfoliated your skin and dried it with a towel, you might feel a tingling all over your face. This is due to increased circulation, which will aid in your quest for a glowing complexion. You can further improve circulation to your facial skin by giving yourself a basic face massage. Using either your clean, bare hands or wearing raw silk massage gloves, touch your face with a circular motion. Start with your forehead and work your way down to your chin, putting just enough pressure on your face that it still feels comfortable. Professional spa facials often involve this simple technique that can refresh your skin and relax your mind.
Step 5: Moisturize
Since ancient times, humans have used natural compounds to soften and smooth the skin. There are countless options for moisturizing, but one of the best bets is to use a basic, unscented high-quality oil. Pure almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil are wonderful ingredients that might already be in your house. You’ll only need a dime-sized amount of a quality oil to work into your skin. You’ll find that these natural oils will not leave a greasy residue, and can benefit all types of skin.
Step 6: Deep Breathing
You can make the most of your spa session at your sink by taking some time to consciously relax after the process. Now that your skin has been given a treat, it’s time for your mind to unwind. One of the quickest methods to improve your sense of serenity is to practice deep breathing for five to ten minutes. Assume a comfortable seated position on the floor, or use a meditation pillow or cushion. Close your eyes and begin to watch your breath. As you are breathing in, simply notice that you are breathing in. As you are breathing out, be aware of your complete exhalation. Practice this process as long as you wish, and you will begin to feel a sense of lightness and ease.
About the Author: Lindsay Tosto has worked with Maybelline New York, Smashbox Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics and Sephora. She is more than a makeup artist — she’s an artist who looks at the face as a canvas.