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Natural Skin Care – Five Step Facial

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 18, 2008 | Categories: Series, Skin Care and Beauty

Today we are going to talk about how to make our own face cleansers, do an herbal facial steam, make homemade astringents (toners) and moisturizers.  You will find that you can develop a skin care regimen that is natural, thereby safer and healthier for your skin, as well as cheaper.  Facials are excellent for stimulating circulation to the skin. It brings fresh blood to the skin. Facials promote deep pore cleansing and help heal blemishes and acne.  Facials also help tone and firm the skin.  This is a five step facial that will leave your face looking and feeling beautiful, as well as making you feel relaxed and pampered.  So what are we waiting for?  Let’s get started.

Step One

Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser – such as Cetaphil; it’s perfect for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  It is best to use a mild liquid cleanser for your face rather than a bar cleanser.  You can also make a facial wash with just lemon juice and hot water.  Just mix lemon juice and hot water in equal amounts, let cool slightly and wash your face with it.  Good cleansing removes the impurities, bacteria and dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin as well as any residue from makeup, while leaving as much of the lubricating natural oil as possible.  A cleanser should therefore be gentle and natural. Use a non-lathering cleansing. Massage in circular movements over the face and neck. Leave on for 1-2 minutes to dissolve grime and old make-up.  Rinse off with warm water.

Step Two

Give yourself an herbal facial steam – one very simple way to deep clean the skin is to steam your face for a few minutes.  Steaming removes dirt and pollution very efficiently from the skin, but it removes important natural oils as well.  Steaming is best suited for those of us with oily skin or anyone suffering from acne, most other skin types must bear in mind that in the long term it has a drying effect.  Steaming should therefore be used occasionally on dry or aging skin (once  a month is the maximum) and never for more than 2-3 minutes. On oily skin, it can be done once a week, and for 5-8 minutes. For combination skin, 2-3 minutes once a week is recommended maximum. Normal skin will benefit form an occasional steaming (every two weeks) as long as the exposure to steam is not prolonged (5 minutes maximum). It is not recommended for extremely sensitive skins.  Select an herbal steam that is right for your skin type:

  • Dry/Sensitive/Mature skin types:  comfrey, chamomile, lavender, echinacea and jasmine.
  • Oily/Acne:  comfrey, lemongrass, rosemary,echinacea, peppermint and  neem leaf.
  • Normal/Combination:  elderflower, lavender, lemonbalm and calendula.

Bring the dry herbs (lavender, chamomile, lemon grass, rosemary, etc.) to a boil in a large pot of water.  Remove from heat and place onto a trivet or potholder on the counter, and with a large towel placed over your head and the pot of herbal water, place your face 6 to 10 inches away from the pot.  Remove from heat source; steam for 5 minutes. A facial steam is the best possible way for deep pore cleansing, and each of the herbs used are rich in nutrients that nourish and tone the skin. Immediately after your facial steam, rinse your face with cold water.

Step Three

Facials – are excellent for stimulating circulation to the skin. It brings fresh blood to the skin. They promote deep pore cleansing and help heal blemishes and acne. Facials also help tone and firm the skin.  There are several kinds of facials available. This step was covered in a previous article Tips And Recipes For Homemade Facial Masks.

Step Four

Toners – when the facial is completely dry, rinse off with warm water. Be gentle to your skin while rinsing of the facial material.  Use soft, circular motions. Massage your skin; do not scrub it. Immediately after rinsing the facial, apply an astringent preparation to tone and close the pores.  Two of the best toners are simply to pat on cider vinegar or rose water.  A toner or astringent is used to close up your pores.  I highly recommend you stay away from a toner that has alcohol as an ingredient, even if you have oily skin.

Step Five

The fifth and final step is to moisturize -   dot the skin with moisturizer and gently massage it in smooth circular movements. Try to do this slowly as it allows you to massage the skin and relax yourself.  Olive oil, honey, vitamin E and plain yogurt, all make great moisturizers.  As for olive oil, make sure to use extra virgin olive oil and just a little dab will do you when it comes to this wonderful oil. I also recommend that if you use vitamin E or olive oil, use them at night before going to bed.  Especially if you have normal to dry skin.  Honey is a natural humectant, which is to say that it draws water to the skin, and helps it stay there. It also has an anti-irritant quality to it so it should be suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.  As for yogurt, just spoon, spread and relax. Then rinse with cool water.

Well there you have it.  A complete facial that is all natural and cheap!  You can pamper yourself with a spa like facial in the comfort of your own home.  If you have any tips or recipes for facials we would love to hear them!  Hope to hear from you.  Enjoy Life!!!

3 Responses to Natural Skin Care – Five Step Facial

  1. ateens says:

    Five step facial sounds simple. It stimulates blood circulation and promotes deep pore cleansing. Facials also help tone and firm the skin. I will replace the Cleanser toner and face mask with that of my own. I use Chandra Ayurvedic beauty products. These are very gentle and suitable on all skin types. I am a regular user perfectly satisfied with the results. Apricot Almond Face Mask is my favourite. Neem, almond oil and aloe vera present in it soothe and help to slow down aging.

  2. juni says:

    your five step facial is good and sounds easy.

  3. Jenn says:

    I need to take more time to ensure I’m following these steps. I’m sure my face would thank me.

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