The Importance of Facials & At Home Recipes

Though the entire world goes through periods of recession, and people everywhere are cutting back on expenses they deem frivolous, facials should never be one of them. Just as a dentist is needed for good regular dental hygiene, so too does your skin need a facial to ward off skin concerns like acne breakouts, dry skin, itchy skin, patchy skin, dark spots, or an overage of blackheads. By allowing yourself a facial at least once a month, you provide a pre-emptive strike against any nasty skin conditions, and allow your face to glow with good health. Since your face is the first thing anyone ever sees upon meeting you, it says plenty about your overall health and also gives the appearance of confidence because you take care of yourself.

Unless you suffer from a specific skin concern like acne or hyper-pigmentation, or even an overall uneven skin tone, your ideal schedule for a facial is once a month. Those who have deeper issues should consider a series of facials to remedy the problem, keeping in mind not to overdo it. The entire reason to do so is simple. The outermost layer of visible skin, your stratum corneum renews itself completely every 28 days approximately. During the entire period, your skin cells are in a state of constant replication, so the healthier your skin cells are, the healthier your skin is overall with each renewal. By allowing cells to replicate treated skin, less damage shows through each time resulting in a better complexion.


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Aside from offering your many layers of skin to feel and look completely rejuvenated and healthy, facials have other benefits as well. They allow you to relax, and just as with any other type of massage, even a facial you do on yourself can provide a ton of stress relief. Facials also aid in blood circulation which helps to facilitate the renewal process of your skin cells. Facials decrease things like oils, dirt and other waste that builds up under the skin, which helps to avoid things like puffiness, ruddy skin, or excess oil production by manipulating the lymphatic system beneath the skin. They help also to smooth away fine lines, and they promote the production of collagen which is essential in the prevention of premature aging like wrinkles, age spots or dark spots & sagging skin.

Facials cleanse the pores much further than you can do by washing alone, and they achieve exfoliation faster than other skin care products can do alone. This exfoliation smooths the skin, unclogs stoppages in pores and helps to even out skin tone. Be very careful what you use for an exfoliator however, because some products that use nuts or other super-hard objects ground up can actually damage your skin badly, leaving microscopic lacerations. Things like nuts and other items can result in sharp, jagged pieces, or crystals that can be seen under a microscope. The best ones commercially use beads. The finer the better, and as perfectly round as possible so as not to damage the skin. The best ones are home remedies like turmeric, or corn starch.

Here’s a few home facials you can try that vary based on skin needs, along with some scrub ideas that won’t damage your sensitive outer skin layer.

Turmeric Face Mask and Scrub

Turmeric is a bright golden spice that is typically used in Indian, Asian and Middle-Eastern cooking. What is less commonly known about this spice, are it’s many uses in skin care. Combining it with yogurt, milk or coconut oil makes a great facial mask, and by adding it to whatever you use for a moisturizer, it creates an all natural tint that resembles a healthy, slightly sun-golden glow. Be aware though that turmeric can stain very fair skin, and if you’re naturally a bit more on the pink side, turmeric can look a bit sickly.

Turmeric Face Mask
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tablespoons corn starch
3 drops of honey
Oily complexions: 1/4 cup plain yogurt
Dry complexions: 2 tbsp coconut oil

Mix the corn starch and turmeric together. If you have oily skin, add the yogurt until a creamy paste forms, you can use more or less to your liking. If you have dry skin, add the oil and stir until a paste forms, use more oil to develop more creamy textures. Apply the mask to your face and neck, leave on for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm, wet face-cloth that you don’t mind getting stained and rinse off the mask.

Turmeric Scrub
For the facial aspect, turmeric can’t be beat in terms of exfoliation ability. It’s finely ground powder is perfect for protecting skin, yet cleaning deeply.

2 tbsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp coconut oil

Simply mix the two ingredients to create a thick paste. Wet your entire face by rinsing your unwashed face with warm water, then take small amounts of the scrub and rub between your hands, keeping it off the palms.  Using small motions, rub in circles starting with the cheeks, forehead and chin, then everywhere else. Rinse off with warm water and a soft cloth. Your face may be slightly oily seeming just after, and not firm or squeaky like you’re used to, but rest assured that’s how it should feel when it’s healthy. For the facial element, you can boil some water on the stove, and dip a cloth into the water, pressing it to your face once it has cooled enough not to burn. Repeat 3x. At this point you can use a face mask, as long as it is gentle.

Other great things to use for masks are egg whites and yogurt which doesn’t need instructions, since you’d just mix the two until mask consistency forms. Another is oatmeal and yogurt, both of these types are great for any kind of skin. A surprising one is the cat litter mask. Find any natural clay cat litter, it’s usually generic and very inexpensive. You’re looking for an ingredient that says either sodium betonite clay or 100% natural clay. Clay facials can cost upwards of $100 at a spa, and tend to work amazingly well on oily skinned people. Diane Irons, a well established author of many beauty books swears by this litter method for soft and smooth skin. The last idea is for a scrub using coffee and cocoa. The combination results in an antioxidant that decreases puffiness and brightens skin. Just add yogurt, cream, honey or coconut oil depending on your skin type. You may want a food processor for the coffee grounds unless they’re already at espresso-fine particles, so you don’t damage your skin.

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