Every once in a while, I love a good pampering session! (I mean who doesn’t?) I remember the first time I got a facial, I almost fell asleep on the chair (maybe I did), it was too good! Facials are great! They’re obviously so good for your skin, perfect for special occasions and make an awesome gift. But between you and me, having it done professionally can be pricey. Taking good care of my skin is very important to me so a lot of DIY skincare treatments are in order. The one I’m going to share with you is one of my favorites. I like to do it when my skin feels dry and is starting to break out, or if I’m feeling a little stressed and in need of some relaxation. It consists of a facial steam followed by a face mask and moisturizer.
The facial steam will soften your skin, open up your pores, release toxins, impurities and buildup. Which will prep your skin for the nourishing mask and moisturizer. Facial steams promote healthy circulation and provide great hydration to the skin, which will result in a beautiful natural glow. It’s great when combined with essential oils and herbs for aromatherapy . In addition, the herbs and oils will also provide extra nourishment to your skin.
In this post, the essential oils I’m using are (click on oil name for more info) :
Lavender Oil – very calming and soothing to the skin, skin purifying
Geranium Oil – acts as natural astringent, helps with clogged pores, acne and dry skin
Rosehip Oil – add 1 or 2 drops to your moisturizer. It has fantastic anti-aging properties and improves skin tone and texture.
I made a blend of dried calendula, lavender, roses and chamomille that I keep in a jar. I like to throw a little in there and drop a sprig of rosemary but that’s totally optional. A similar and easier to find option would be a bag of tea (yes, drinking tea!). Be creative, you don’t need much, a little goes a long way. Start with one or two essential oils and experiment with different herbs. If you’re sensitive to scents I would definitely keep it light!
For the face mask and moisturizer, I use accordingly based off the state of my skin. For example, in the winter my skin tends to be dry and breaks out, so it’s important that I use products that will cater to that issue. You can go to a beauty store like Sephora or Ulta and ask for help with identifying your skin type, problem areas and what type of skincare products are compatible to your skin.
So without further adue, let’s get into it! I promise this DIY facial will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and will be a real treat to your skin!
Things you will need:
– Essential oils and herbs
– Face mask
– Candle and soothing music (optional)
- Start with a clean face
- Light up your favorite candle and put on soothing music
- Boil about 4-5 cups of water and transfer to a bowl
- Mix in your oils and herbs (you only need about 4-5 drops total of essential oils)
- If you have long hair, secure your hair back and away from your face. Sit in front of the bowl, with your face about 8 inches away from the water
- Cover your head with a towel
- Sit for 10-15 min , relax and breathe in the goodness
- Pat your face dry and apply your favorite mask. Use according to directions. I’m using Shea Moisture’s Clarifying Mud Mask
- Rinse off and apply your favorite moisturizer