Here is a post on how I give myself the perfect at-home facial. I was one of those people who only washed with bar soap for most of my life unless I had a breakout in which case I would resort to Clearisil-type face scrubs… UNTIL my body went through some big changes after I stopped taking BCPs many years ago.
All estheticians have told me that every balanced facial routine includes:
1. Cleansing & Exfoliating
I use Dr. Hauschka products introduced to me by a Dr. Hauschka certified esthetician in San Diego (missing you!). Dr. Hauschka products are natural, smell wonderful and keep my skin from being stripped. I love to buy them on Amazon.com Prime for a great price. You can also pick them up at Whole Foods, other high-end health stores and from your esthetician.
Step 1: Moisten face with warm water or a warm/wet washcloth. Place some Cleansing Milk (or gentle non-soap/non-stripping/creamy cleanser) on the buffing sponge and gently work sponge over face in circular motions paying special attention to dry areas or areas of build up. Rinse cleanser off.
Buffing Sponge- I use these little buffing sponges I find at Target. They are disposable yet fairly durable.
*you can see the fibrous texture of the pads. Be gentle!
Here is some information on EXFOLIATING. I had no idea that dead skin buildup was the reason for some blemishes I had! Easy fix! Now, that my skin is smoother, the few times I DO wear foundation, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t irritate my skin.
Step 2: If you need extra exfoliation add this or do this alone if you only need just a little exfoliation. This product is very gentle, not like the “apricot scrub” I used when I was 15. Squeeze out a pea sized blob of the deep cleanser/gentle exfolient and rub gently all over the face. Press and Roll (the Dr. Hauschka method) it into your face. Rinse it off completely and pat dry.
Step 3: Spray toner all over face.
*Apply all creams while toner is still wet on your face.
Step 4: Take a small amount of the eye cream on the pads of your ring fingers and pat all around the eye area and a little on any delicate face lines.
Day Time-Using as little or as much as you need, pat the Rose Day Cream (or an appropriate moisturizer) all over the face, concentrating on dry areas or areas with fine lines.
Night Time-Press a small amount of the Rejuvinating Mask (or some form of hydrating/soothing night cream) all over your face, concentrating on sensitive areas (breakouts). (If I have to perform any extractions, I ALWAYS do them at night so anything has time to heal for at least 8 hours before I have to see anyone. I do extractions after cleansing & exfoliating then using the cleansing milk alone and my hands I wash my face again before toner and so on.) Although it is called a “mask” I leave this one on overnight. You can even layer the Rose Day Cream on top if you need some extra hydration.
**On extra dry days, right after putting on toner, I will put a little olive oil all over my face and then place a really hot/steaming cloth over my face to hold there and then dab off any excess. SUPER MOISTURIZING!
Dab on some lip balm and….Voila!
What other tips do you have for a perfect home facial? What are your go-to products for healthy skin? I keep hearing a lot about coconut oil. How do YOU use it/any good links?