Don’t ignore physical self-care during this pandemic. You deserve the best, so why not treat yourself to an at-home spa-day? Here is a step by step guide to giving yourself an Instagram-worthy facial!
Shot of an attractive young woman getting a facial at a beauty spa
1. Set the mood.
Light a candle, light some sage, and play your favorite songs.
Here are some new songs I use to unwind:
Like I Want You- Giveon
On My Mind (Acoustic)-Jorja Smith
10k Hours-Jhene Aiko
In My Nightmares-Mariah the Scientist
Won’t Let You-MorMor
Get rid of the dirt and grime of the day by using your favorite facial cleanser! The cleanser that I currently use is Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap in Rose. It is all-natural and can also be used as a body wash, shampoo, household cleaner, dog shampoo, and much more. Find a cleanser that works best with your skin type. Some people have oily, dry, or a combination of both. Using the wrong cleanser during your facial can leave your skin worse than before you started.
Steaming opens the pores and makes the skin soft and ready for exfoliation. However, steam burns can ruin the skin if you are too close to the boil. Make sure you feel comfortable, place a towel over your head to trap the air and steam away. I use herbs and oils in my steams to add an extra calming effect. I add organic rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and lavender essential oil.
Exfoliate gets rid of the dead skin built up on your face. It is soft and ready to go after steam. I make my own exfoliator using Himalayan Sea Salt, Coconut Oil, and rose essential oil. Rub this is in carefully, hard movements can cause microscopic cuts in the skin. This may lead to acne and infection!
We love a good mask. I make my own masks depending on the skin issue I want to tackle. If I feel like my acne scars are getting out of control I will mix Tumeric, lemon juice, and water for brightening. If I feel like my skin has been too greasy I mix Aztec Clay and apple cider vinegar to suck up the oil. I place both of these masks on my face for about 15 minutes.
Moisturizers are just as important as cleansers. Don’t lose all of your hard work by leaving your skin dry after this facial. Moisturizing will leave you with a healthy, fresh out of the spa glow.