July 23, 2006

Home facial foul-ups


Facials are great-no doubt about it. They spring clean your pores and rebalance your skin to give a glowing look. Now a day, do-it-yourself home facials are a part of many women’s beauty regimen. What you don’t know about doing your own facials can hurt you. No matter what condition your skin is in, too much of a good thing (i.e. daily facials) will increase your problems. Here is how to do it right while avoiding the pitfalls.


Steaming: It should never take more than 10 minutes to adequately soothe, and release impurities through perspiration. Wait a few moments before placing your face over steam to avoid burning sensitive skin. A vaporizing type of machine, designed specially for facial steaming, is best in that it controls the temperature, as well as the intensity, of the vapor emitted. Keep your face at least 6 inches from the water surface.
Scrubbing: Avoid traditional cleansing grains (available in powders, pastes and bars), which usually contain ground-up pumice and shells that scratch rather than smooth skin. Instead, try a gentler traditional scrub.
Squeezing: Never squeeze blemishes yourself, while doing a home facial. Concentrated pressure does not purge impurities-it weakens pore walls causing oils to leak into surrounding tissue. Improper pinching and squeezing actually distributes oils further into glands which will lead to an increase in flare-ups, say dermatologists.
Masks: Never use ‘peel off’ versions too many days in a row-that’s too harsh on delicate skin. Mud-based varieties are best for most skin types due to the substance’s natural ability to draw out impurities. Remember to take into account not only the skin type when applying a mask, but your complexion’s immediate condition, whether it acne prone, too dry or sensitive.
Moisturize: Even if your fear that a moisturizer is synonymous with pore clogging oil, avoid using antiseptic to tone your skin in the final stages of a facial. Your skin will eventually pay the price for swabbing with alcohol based products. The best toner is actually the left over water from your steaming, provided it has cooled down. It is recommended rinsing with this water to finish your facial.

See also: Baths / 5 golden rules of skin care/ Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Simple ways of acquiring a clear & blemish free skin / Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Buttermilk for beauty / Aloe vera, the wonder herb / Banana-medicinal and cosmetic value/Cucumber for beauty and health/Beauty Masks for a glowing complexion



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2 comments:

  1. Ranjita4:14 PM

    For the herbal steam treatment, I recommend a mixture of chamomile and mint teas, prepared as if you were going to drink them, cooled to warm temperature. you'll need enough to soak the towel in, so probably 3- 4 cups worth. for the cleansing/ exfoliating, i recommend a half cup oatmeal mixed with either a small cup of natural yogurt or about a cup of diced papaya. blend this well in a blender and apply for 15 minutes. the yogurt or papaya serve to loosen dead skin and the oatmeal absorbs oils, then gives the mild abrasive needed to remove dead skin and clean the pores. follow that with a toner of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 8 parts warm water and finish with a moisturizer of olive oil slightly warmed. you can mix fragrant herbs like sage or lavender with the oil. dab it on lightly and let the skin soak it up for 5 or 10 minutes, then dab off the excess. i hope this helps...

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  2. Get facials regularly. It not only works to relax you, but is also one of the best things you can do for your skin

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