Isn’t that feeling right after a facial treatment the best!? Your skin has been professionally cleaned, full of hydration, and all of your cares have been massaged away. Of course you can’t replace the estheticians’ touch, but you can prolong the skin benefits of a facial.
We all know the importance of having a daily skincare regimen with products that work best for your skin type, but do you exfoliate at home? A manual and/or chemical exfoliation should be administered by you in-between those facial visits. Did you know that exfoliation could be done 1-3 times per week? Of course this depends on your age, skin type, needs, etc. Discuss with your skin care professional and find out what products are recommended for your skin and how often you should use them.
Here are some recipes for home-made mask and scrubs. Do a patch test on your neck before applying entirely on the face. Of course, if you feel any discomfort with these treatments, remove immediately. Note: do not exfoliate 72 hours prior to a professional facial treatment.
Before you get started, pull your hair back and thoroughly cleanse your face. Have fun!
Pumpkin and Prune Enzyme Peel Mask
1/2 Cup pitted prunes
1/2 Cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
Combine the prunes with 4 cups spring water in a pot and heat on low 30 minutes or until very tender and plump. Then combine the prunes and pumpkin puree in a food processor and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck and leave on 10-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
For more dry skin types
Extra virgin coconut oil
Mix together and massage into skin with gentle circles
2 to 3 Tbsp. Cornmeal
Small amount of water
Mix and apply
Oatmeal Scrub Mask
Smooths, tones, and hydrates
1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant)
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. yogurt
Combine and apply.
Optional: let your scrub double as a mask! Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
Milk and Honey Scrub
Maximize or minimize its moisturizing effect
Choose your dairy:
1 tsp Skim Milk (Oily skin)
1 tsp 2% Milk (Normal or combination)
1 tsp Cream (Dry)
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp ground almonds