At least once a week I make sure to set aside time for a good pampering. Every woman or man deserves some head-to-toe type of pampering once in a while. Most of the products I use are home-made, have worked wonders for my skin, and reduced the appearance of dark spots.
Step 1: Steam
If you are doing this at the end of the day, please make sure you are steaming a clean face. Wash off your makeup and dirt build up before steaming.
There are a number of benefits to facial steaming, but personally I found that it provides a feeling of calm and relaxation. I use the time steaming my face to meditate and take deep breaths. It gives me a sense of inhaling the good and exhaling the bad.
Steaming your face also increases the temperature of your skin, which can cause increased blood circulation. With increased blood circulation, products can more easily pass through the skin barrier, making them more effective.
Bring 3 cups of water in a small pot to a boil. Pour the steaming water into a glass, ceramic, or clay bowl. Add 2 drops of essential oil of your choice. I normally use peppermint oil for the treatment to feel a little special and it gives my face that heating and cooling sensation that I love. Keep your face over the steam while covered in a blanket or towel for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 2: Exfoliating Mask
I use a combination of a mask and exfoliator. I use ingredients in my pantry to make my own exfoliating mask by mixing:
1 tbsp Himalayan sea salt
1tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Smooth the mask using circular motions gently over your face, neck, and chest (this area is often neglected). Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Step 3: Toner
This one again I make myself with simple ingredients that I already have at home or garden and are very effective. Toning your face helps close up and tighten your pores, giving you that youthful glow. Using a toner especially after steaming will help your face look toned and fresh. Use a cotton ball to apply the toner of your choice all over your face and neck.
To make my own toner I used a 200ml container at added equal parts of:
Aloe juice (Helps to moisturize the skin, fights skin-aging, reduces skin infection and acne, lightens blemishes)
Apple cider vinegar (Prevents acne and pimples)
Rosewater (Helps soothe skin irritation, aids in healing scars, help to strengthen skin cells)
Witch hazel (Helps reduce inflammation, soothes your skin, protects your skin against damage)
Step 4: Moisturize
This is the final and most important step. Apply a moisturizer to keep your face hydrated and soft. All the previous steps can actually dry out your skin, so it is important to make sure that you moisturize.
Smooth on your favorite face-softening oil. I like to use organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or Vitamin E oil. I use this as a base for my two-step moisturizing process. I adapted this process during the time I used PortiaM products which I still love though I have cut most of them out of my routine since I make my own products.
The final step of the moisturizing process is applying Day or Night Cream, depending on the time of day you do the pampering session. I use the PortiaM Marula Skin Day Cream with SPF 20 or Marula Skin Night Cream but you can use any moisturizer of your choice.
I love this routine mostly because it makes me feel like I am getting a spa treatment at the comfort of my own home. My skin is left feeling so soft I have to constantly stop myself from touching my face. I do this routine in conjunction with my whole-body skincare routine for glowing skin to get a full-body pampering spa treatment.
Do leave a comment below and let me know the things that you do to make yourself feel pampered.
Blessings to you.