This page is chuck filled with DIY skin care ideas on pampering and spoiling yourself. Yes, you can look stunning without visiting the beauty salon every week. I have experimented with most of these skin care techniques, some were introduced to me by family members, some I discovered on my own – they have worked for me over the years.
Some of the suggestions of this page are home made with natural products. You should be aware of any allergies you may have before experimenting with recipes or skin care routines. A good idea will be to check with your doctor or dermatologist to ensure safety when using “Do It Yourself” techniques.
No matter what the forecast you can still pamper yourself with this DIY facial routine:
- Clean face and neck thoroughly (See (a) below facial cleansing routine)
- Apply peel off mask.
- Lay on your back and hang head over edge of bed. this allows your skin to pull upwards. This position helps wrinkles and sagging muscles – Allow to dry.
- Carefully peel mask off face.
- Apply generous amount of vitamin face cream
- Steam face while massaging face for about five minute (See (b) below – Steaming the face (c) massaging the face)
- Wash off cream and apply astringent or clarifying lotion (You can also rub your face with half a lemon from the fridge)
- Applying firming mask of choice or avocado mask (see (d) below for recipe)
- Lay in a reclined position and place tea bags or cucumber on your eyes to help with the dark circles or bags under eyes.
- Let the firming mask dry then wash off with warm water.
- Moisturize face, with your choice of face cream (I like to use coconut or olive oil, heat so it’s warm. It’s inexpensive and effective.
(a) FACIAL CLEANSING ROUTINE
Cleansing your face thoroughly once a day is a good practice to prevent pimples and blackheads and keeps the skin smooth and youthful:
- Fill sink or basin with warm water
- Wet face and lather with facial soap in an upward motion
- Continue to wash face moving the skin of your face upwards (if you have a very soft brush, facial cleansing pad, or soft cloth, gently stroke the skin upwards)
- Refill sink or basin with warm water and rinse face thoroughly (I usually use ten handfuls of water to make sure all residue is rinsed off.
- Rinse with cold running water
- Do not dry your face, let air dry. (a cosmetologist advise me letting the face air dry is the best way to retain moisture and delay wrinkles)
- Apply generous amount of moisturizing cream of your choice. (My moisturizers of choice is, olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter or non-scented castor oil)
- If you are applying foundation cream, blot face with with soft tissue before applying foundation.
- In the evening, use a night cream – do not blot.
(b) STEAMING THE FACE
Steaming the face weekly will increase circulation and help with acne, it will also help stimulate oil and sweat glands – flushing the pores thereby cleansing the face thoroughly.
For best results wash face before steaming then apply a generous amount of face cream or oil of your choice to moist face and neck. Pay attention to the neck area.
If you have a facial steaming appliance by all means use it. I prefer to use a sauce pan because the steam distributes all over the face including the neck area. The facial steaming appliance concentrates the stem to the frontal area of the face.
- Fill a 2qt sauce pan with water and bring to boiling point.
- Carefully place in a safe place to prevent spills. A good idea is to put the pan of boiling water into the sink so it is secure and cannot spill
- Drape a large towel over head and bend over the steaming pot for about five minutes.
- Splash with cold water, apply cream or oil to damp face.
For a quick steam place a warm wash cloth over face for about five minutes, then splash with cold water. Apply cream to damp face.
(c) FACIAL MASSAGE
Exercising and massaging the face encourages circulations and keeps the skin soft. It promotes a youthful, glowing completion. Relax while watching your favourite tv show. Have your night cream handy and give yourself a quick pick-me-up facial.
These facial exercises lifts the face and is excellent for lines and wrinkles.
Exercise 1: This exercise is good for lines near the eyes:
Place the tip of your third finger on temple, gently slide down under your eyes toward the nose.
Place second and third fingers on jawline, midway between point of chin and ear, massage up to the nostril.
Place tips of second and third finger by nostrils and draw gently backwards and upwards to the temples
The best way to start off your facial beauty routine is giving yourself a Shiatsu Massage.
If you commit to doing a self massage once a week it will help with the circulation and contribute to a glowing complexion.
Use a facial vitamin cream and massage the direction of the arrows.
The word Shiatsu derive from Japanese (shi = finger; atsu = pressure).
(d) AVOCADO MASK
Pamper your skin by using half of a very ripe avocado and the whites of an egg
Whip until smooth and apply to face for approximately 30 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly and moisturize with baby oil, apricot, or almond oil.
You can also use these oils on your body to preserve skin luster and softness after bathing.
You use the other half of the avocado as a breakfast special.
These exercises together with the facials suggested on this page can assist in maintaining a youthful appearance.
Exercising three times a week and eating sensible can keep you in shape. These are some simple but effective exercises that will keep you trim. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
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