-Step 1. Tone- toning is important because it brings the skin back to it's natural pH and preps the skin for the next steps. (Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner is hands down the best on the market, and super affordable too! I really like the rose formula personally, rose is great for your skin.) -Step 2. Cleanse (2x)- Clean out those pores and get your face squeaky clean! (I personally have 2 favorite cleansers. Murad's Essential C Cleanser is usually what I like to use in the morning as it wakes my skin up and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed. Purpose is my close second! It's super affordable and is hypo-allergenic, which is fantastic for my crazy sensitive skin. It's also fabulous at removing makeup!) -Step 3. Exfoliate- scrub those dead skin cells away! (Personally I use a clay mud mask so when I do a facial, that's exfoliant enough for my skin. However, I really like making my own scrub for this step using sugar and your favorite oil, I also like to add some honey into mine!)
-Step 4. Massage- we used a hazelnut oil in school, but this step is great for stimulating the nerves and keeping your face wrinkle free, plus it feels amazing!
-Step 5. Mask- most relaxing time! Put your mask on, cover your eyes and relax for 10 minutes! We would do a hand/arm massage on our clients while the mask really sat and did it's magic! If you do these with a friend, you could both easily do the same! Kinda hard to give yourself a hand/arm massage though. 😜 (I have too many favorite masks to mention them all but Borbon, Freeman and my Aztec Healing Clay mixed with some Apple Cider Vinegar are all among my top picks! It really depends on your skin type, if you need help picking one for your skin type, just drop me a comment below and I'll help as best I can.)
-Step 6. Tone again! Again, bring your skin back to it's natural pH.
-Step 7. Finish with a moisturizer and you're all done! (Your favorites will do but I have 3 I like, Murad again, you really cannot go wrong with anything by them but the Essential-C Moisturizer is one of the best. I also like Ponds Clarant B3 Dark Spot Cream! Its really lightweight and doesn't bother my skin. At night I use an shea and frankincense based moisturizer that I actually make myself. I'm sure one day soon I'll share the recipe here too.)
Your face should feel amazing! 😊 Be sure that you're using products that are compatible with your skin type and don't do this too often. It's good to do a full facial monthly, keeps your face clean and break out free and it's nice and refreshing to do for yourself! 👍
To really give yourself the full spa experience, you can always use cucumber slices over your eyes, they are good for that! Also, we always used hot towels after every step to clean off the product and also for relaxing purposes.
To do warm towels yourself really easy, you can use some hand towels, get them wet and wring them out, then stick them in a moist towel lined crockpot over a lower heat. (That's what they had us use in school!) Works like a charm! If they're a little hot, just fan them out a little. Voila! 😊
Look up videos on how to do the massages properly, and remember to be gentle! We were taught to use our middle and ring fingers because those don't put as much pressure on the skin. Not doing the massage properly can actually cause wrinkles after time if continuously done incorrectly, which is why I said to do a little research, also doing them too often can have the same effects. Facials are wonderful for skin health but just like all good things, too much can be a bad thing. Any questions? Feel free to ask! I loved doing facials in school, along with hair color, that was one of my favorites!