Nothing quite rejuvenates you like a professionally-done facial treatment. Experts recommend you have a facial every 4-6 weeks. Let's be honest, though. Your budget might not be that accommodating.YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF!
We love educating and empowering our clients on how to take care of their skin! Regular Do It Yourself (DIY) facials give you an even skin tone and deep-cleansing benefits. They're also an inexpensive form of self-care and enable you to better understand your skin's needs.
Are you ready to pamper your skin? Here's our detailed guide for at-home facial treatment.
Before your skin can receive any nourishment, it needs a clean slate. Cleanse your skin to eliminate dirt, oil, and makeup.
Technique: You must take time in this step. You may be exhausted after a long day, but rushing through the cleansing doesn't benefit the skin. Cleansing should be done for at least a few minutes.
To begin, rinse your face using lukewarm water. Follow this with a dime-sized amount of cleanser suited for your skin type (like our Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser). Use the middle and ring fingers to rub the product in an upward, circular motion.
We recommend using medium pressure to stimulate and give your facial muscles a toned appearance. Rinse using lukewarm water, then gently pat dry with a clean washcloth. You may have to repeat this step if you wear heavy makeup.
If you desire a healthier, smoother appearance for your skin, you can't afford to skip this step.
Exfoliation evens out your skin tone and refines the appearance of your pores. If you exfoliate regularly, you'll notice a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a smoother skin texture. Products are also able to penetrate the skin more easily.
Technique: Apply a small amount of scrub to the skin. Use upward, circular movements with light pressure for about 2 minutes to massage the product into the skin. If you don't like manual exfoliation, there are chemical or enzymatic exfoliants like fruit acid peels. These are not massaged into the skin.
Steaming opens the skin pores and gives a relaxing effect.
How to: Pour some water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, remove the pot to a safe, stable location. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the pot. Ensure that the steam is warm, not hot, to avoid burning your skin.
If you want to jazz up this step, you can add essential oils, rose petals, thyme, rosemary, or other herbs.
Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Caution: If you suffer from sensitive skin or rosacea, we don't recommend steaming.
Please note, because this is a professional service, we only include this portion for information on the process. Blackhead extracting can cause tearing or scarring of the skin if incorrectly done. The process should only be done by a trained professional.
Note: Extractions should only be done on blackheads. The T-zone is where they occur. Blackheads are oxidized sebum (oil) that appear as black dots. Pimples (whiteheads) are closed comedones. You should never squeeze them as this can result in scarring.
How a professional extraction is done: Extractions should only take place after steaming the skin. This is because steam opens the follicles and softens the oxidized oil inside.
A tissue is wrapped around each index finger. The professional places one finger on each side of the blackhead, squeezing down gently. The blackheads typically come out quickly. If they don't, they're left alone to avoid further irritating the skin.
Treatment masks are the core of any facial. The skin is now ready to absorb nutrients. Your skin type should determine the kind of mask to use.
Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, and since it's self-care time, you may want to catch a little nap. Use a warm washcloth to remove the mask, then splash your face with cold water.
Continue with the rest of your daily facial routine. Apply your toner of choice followed by a serum (such as our Neroli Radiance Serum).
Moisturizing is an essential step, especially for the eye area. Apply your favorite cream (try our Rosehip & Calendula Triple Cream) or oil and massage the skin for 1-2 minutes. Facial massaging drives oils in deeper, tones and lifts the appearance of the skin, and relieves tension. Seal in the moisture using a spritz of toning mist.
Voila! You've just given your skin an indulgent, at-home facial. Do this consistently, and your skin will thank you.
The Sole Toscana Skincare Team