Monday, 23 April 2012

Give yourself a facial at home like a pro!

Hello beauties!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. We went away over the weekend, to a family member's weekend home next to the Vaal River. It was really relaxing just to stare at the water and I spent a lot of time reading the final volume of the Inheritance Cycle, Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini. We took Cupcake along, and she had a blast!

Just an update on the cruelty free campaign I'm trying to run, I have some safe companies under the Animal Cruelty free brands and companies in South Africa tab. I haven't heard back from most of the companies I've contacted, including Revlon. I'll let you know when this changes.

Anyway, on to today's topic : how to give yourself a home facial.

What you're going to need :

* A good cleanser.
* A light facial scrub.
* A mask for your skin type (I have a pretty extensive post on that, as well as skin seasons and undertones.).
* A good moisturiser, also for your skin type.
* Some essential oils (optional)
* Clean facecloths and towels.
* At least half an hour!

You can find home recipes for facial scrubs and masks here. If you have oily skin, use rosemary or eucalyptus essential oils and a clay or mud mask, where dry skin would be better off with lavender or sandalwood essential oils and hydrating gel or cream masks. Those of us with combination skins can use both (on the areas that are dry, the hydrating mask and on the oily areas the mud or clay) or either, depending on how dry or oily your skin is at the time.

1) Using the cleanser, wash off all the impurities and makeup on your face.

2) Apply the scrub, and massage it into your skin in small, circular motions for three to five minutes. Work in an upward motion. Don't use scrubs with too large beads, and never use a body scrub on your face, since the larger and rougher beads in the scrub can tear your delicate facial skin.

Also, never use any scrub on and around your eye area, since it is damaging and drying. The skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate skin on your body, so protect it!

3) Fill your sink with warm (not hot!) water and the essential oil you chose (about a teaspoon full would be enough) and dip your facecloth into the water. Hold the damp cloth to your face for around ten seconds, pressing down gently. Repeat this process a few times (around 8 to 10 times) until your face feels moist and soft.

4) Gently dry your face with a towel. Don't rub your skin, rather push down gently with the towel.

5) Spread your mask over your face, again avoiding the eye area. Leave on the mask until it is completely dry, this is usually between 10 and 20 minutes. It'll feel difficult to talk and smile as the mask dries out, so try and keep your face still! I know it's difficult! :)

When the mask has dried, wash it off with warm water.

5) Dry your face with a towel.

6) Apply your moisturiser all over your face, again in upward, circular motions. If you have an eye cream, apply that to the eye area using your ring fingers. Also, don't forget your lips! Apply some lip balm as well.

If you want to do a lip exfoliation along with your facial, simply wash your lips with water, scrub them gently with dry sugar or your toothbrush in circular motions for around a minute, and them moisturise them.

You can do this facial once or twice a week to keep your skin looking stunning. If you struggle with acne, or even if you don't, you might find that the condition will worsen with the first few facials, or there will be breakouts where you usually have clear skin. Don't panic, just persist. After about three times, your skin will definitely improve, the key is just to keep it up every week.

I find these days that if I skip a week, I break out, so I do my little facial routine every Sunday evening while taking a relaxing bubble bath. Though I have to be honest when I say this is about the third week I haven't had the time! I'll start it again, I promise! :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


  1. This is great, or you can ask me to come and do it for you, at your house, if you don't live too far away.