Treat yourself to a spa facial treatment in 5 easy steps, like in the most luxurious beauty salons!
1. Double Cleanse
The first step is always to clean your face thoroughly. This is an essential part of any skin care routine. The technique that started with the Japanese involves two-step cleaning:
- First, clean your face with an oil or oil-based cleanser: Apply the oil to wet or dry skin to dissolve all of the makeup and dirt on the surface of your skin. Massage in gentle circular motions for 30–45 seconds. and then gently remove with a soft, wet washcloth.
- Then use your favorite water-based foam or gel to deep clean your pores. Take at least one minute to wash yuor face with foam and rinse with water that is lukewarm.
The idea of oil being the first step in cleansing is to give more space to plain foam and water to cleanse the face completely. For oily skin, this is a particularly important step, especially if after the use of the foam on the face you feel that it is not completely clean.
Use your favorite scrub to remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin. Apply the scrub to your clean, wet skin and be extra gentle while rubbing the paste in circular motions. Rinse the scrub off of your face with lukewarm water.
How often you should exfoliate, it depends on your skin type: dry skin once a week, oily skin up to five times a week and normal skin three times a week. If you have dry skin and want to do this treatment several times a week, you don’t always have to practice this step.
Try some nice homemade scrubs for face, or if you are buying some scrub it would be best if it contains Helianthus Annuus Seed oil or Hydrogenated Castor oil.
Steam treatmentsincrease circulation in your face and open your pores in preparation for a facial mask.
Pour the boiling water into a glass or ceramic bowl. You can also make tea, or put in a few drops of some refreshing essential oil (mint, lavender) into the water. Hold your face over the steaming water for about 10 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Depending on your skin type and the effect you want to achieve, put a mask on your face. For dry skin, you should use gel masks or hydrating masks as dry skin needs extra hydration. Oily skin loves clay masks!
5. Serum (Tonic, Moisturizer)
After the skin has been thoroughly cleaned, hydrated and refreshed, it’s time to go back to your regular routine. Apply serum (preferably it contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C) to strengthen the skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes.
Depending on your daily facial routine, you can apply tonic and moisturizer instead of / after the serum.