DIY SALON FACIAL
Hello and welcome to a new episode of Do It Yourself! The recession has not quite arrived yet, but it is definitely on the way, so it is best to start preparing for its arrival today. This means that you mustn't forget about your skin when the going gets tough. It was always there for you so you must return the favor. Let's learn how to fake a professional facial treatment in the comfort of your home and treat your skin even when the conditions in your wallet are not at its best.
YOU WILL NEED
1. an oil-based cleanser (can also be pure oil) + water-based cleanser
2. a towel or two
3. an acid or enzyme exfoliator (may be in the form of a mask, tonic or lotion)
4. a clay mask or pure clay (adapted to your skin's needs)
5. a moisturizing mask (adapted to your skin's needs)
6. all normal product you use in your daily routine (serums, creams ...)
7. a nourishing oil or oil serum (adapted to your skin's needs)
TREATMENT TIME - approx. 1h
We'll start the treatment with a thorough facial cleansing. If you wear makeup and want to remove it beforehand, do this now. If not, grab your oil cleanser and let's go. Apply the oil-based cleanser or pure oil to your face and massage for a few minutes to get the blood flowing. The oil attracts oil-based dirt, so it is also suitable for those with oily skin. When you have finished the massage, soak your towel with lukewarm water and gently massage your face to remove the oil. In the second step, you'll apply a water-based cleanser. This can be a gel, lotion, milk, whichever suits your skin type best. The second cleansing is intended to further and thoroughly remove any dirt and oil residues from the first cleansing. In this step, again massage your face for a few minutes so that the cleanser has time to do its job. Throughout the process, keep in mind that a large part of professional salon treatment is the precise implementation of specific steps and the preparation of the skin to accept products. In layman's terms, we want it to become as supple as possible, so it will be more cooperative. After a few minutes of massaging with a cleanser, you again use a damp towel soaked in lukewarm water to nicely remove everything. Also, keep the towel at your side at all times, as it will help to remove the products, as well as give you a very gentle exfoliation.
When the cleansing part is complete, go to the next phase - exfoliation! Now we're talking about that real, acid exfoliation. Or enzymatic, as you prefer. So, apply your favorite exfoliator and wait for 10 minutes. If you have it in the form of a mask, of course, rinse it after use. If not, leave it on and let's go to the next step. The role of exfoliation in this step depends on the exfoliator you use. Some will tackle the inside of the pores, soften what is inside it, and bring it to the surface. These are called BHA acids. Others will work more on the surface and remove the dead skin. AHA acids will do this. Choose them according to your skin needs.
If you were successful in the previous step and did not burn your entire face, we can move on. Now comes the clay mask. If your skin is dry, you can easily skip this step. You can use your favorite clay mask or do another DIY, within this DIY process- mix your own clay mask. It is crazy simple. Choose the clay that suits your needs and mix it with water. In the case of betonite clay, mix it with natural apple cider vinegar to balance the ph level. The clay mask will pull impurities from the skin even further. Leave it on your face for about 15 minutes and remove it with a wet towel to get rid of everything thoroughly.
We are slowly coming to our last act, but let's take another step. In the case of enlarged pores or blackheads, after removing the clay, you can reapply the oil and thoroughly massage the face. Especially in the most problematic areas. This way you will remove the impurities with the help of oil when your skin is super supple. Some even say that they feel the grits under their fingers. After the massage is complete, remove the oil in the same manner as in the first part of the treatment. If you'd like to remove your blackheads and pimples manually (we do not condone of this at all), start this task now. Leave the oil on your face, take a clean towel and wet it with warm, semi-hot water. Put it on your face for a couple of minutes to further soften the skin, then lightly wipe, leaving the skin moist and supple. The extraction process should be fast and efficient. If you don't know how to do it, read this article. When you're done, remove the oil with a cleanser.
In this phase of your exquisite, DIY treatment, apply a moisturizing mask, tailored to your skin's needs. This can be a sheet mask or a regular one. Totally up to you. You can also massage the mask into your skin using your hands or a face roller. Click here for instructions. Moisturizing is a very important step, especially if you have used the clay mask or had done extractions. Adjust the masking time to the instructions on the packaging. Remove with a wet towel.
Finally, we come to the last act! Our skin is super purified and nourished. After you remove the moisturizing mask, keep the skin slightly moist so that your serums and creams that follow will absorb better and keep water in the skin. This step should be exactly like your normal evening routine. Only skip the exfoliators. You can also apply a generous layer of face cream to help moisturize your skin overnight as much as possible. If you wish, you can also apply a nourishing oil on top of the cream and massage your face until your hands are sore. Remember, massage upwards in the opposite direction of gravity.
For the most optimal results, you can perform this kind of treatment once a week. Of course, the results will not be quite the same as with professional treatment. The products they use are usually stronger and better formulated, also we, unfortunately, don't have those devices that they use in salons. But none the less. This is a great way for maintaining results from salon treatments and when the skin needs a little extra attention.