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Facial Treatments ~
Facials are something I know well as a qualified Beauty Therapist. Having studied full time 9 – 5, 7 days a week for a year, doing facials daily was all in a day’s learning and perfecting my craft.
There is nothing like being pampered for an hour or so with a luxurious mix of products, manipulation and ambiance to relax body and mind while leaving our skin rejuvenated and healthy looking.
Facials are a treatment we deserve to reward ourselves with weekly or monthly and a great idea for couples for date night or a fun activity to enjoy with your teenage daughter, a close relative or group of friends for a fun spa night.
For those who decide to give themselves a treat of a facial at the local spa or even do an overnight treat for a get away from it all break, you will know how relaxed and refreshed you feel.
Your skin will have been given the royal treatment by a therapist or team of therapists and be glowing with health and vitality. The downside if there is one is the cost. With so many facial options currently available cost will vary considerably as will the length of time it takes. On average a facial should take an hour to an hour and a half for a good basic one.
Homemade alternatives are so doable and just as beneficial, seriously!
Skin Benefits of Fruits and Plants
Increases cellular regeneration
Balances skins water content
Stabilizes the skins pH
Skin Benefits of Vegetables and Herbs
Evens out skin coloring
Removal of waste and toxins
Adopting Professional Standards ~
What I love is being able to utilize my professional training and combine it with healthy, quality ingredients from plants, fruits, herbs or even the kitchen cupboard that have fewer chemicals and are cost effective.
Looking for beauty solutions easily made, what could be better for our health, our skin or our pocket?
A good therapist will always start with a skin analysis (unless you are an existing client) and consultation on your visit. This is incredibly important for both client and therapist. Normally many salon facials include electrical equipment which can be a problem for many reasons.
For an example, Epilepsy is contra-indicated to many treatments with electrical current use as it may have an effect on seizures.
For a homemade facial you can adopt the same thought process when planning for you, your partner, a friend or for a group spa night.
Reasons for a Skin Analysis ~
- Recognise skin type
- Recognise any skin disorders
- Contra- Indications to any ingredients (allergies, pregnancy, medication etc )
- Devise ideal treatments, tailor-made to needs
What Does a Facial Consist of?
Suzie’s Fabulous Facial ~
Here is my suggested facial which includes the most important elements to a facial, easily done at home using gorgeous skin loving ingredients to help achieve that healthy, soft and supple skin that will look and feel a million dollars!
Before starting make sure the skin is lightly cleansed and all makeup removed. For a quick trick use jojoba oil, hazelnut oil or olive oil to remove any makeup.
oatmeal, dried lavender, cornmeal & powdered milk
more gentle scrubs
- Banana Scrub Recipe
Bananas may be used in a scrub recipe easily at home. Rich in antioxidants bananas are an excellent ingredient in face scrubs, body scrubs and much much more! If soft, smooth moisture rich skin is appealing to you then read on for a couple of great r
- How to Make Sugar Facial Scrub with a Tomato
Combining the exfoliating benefits of sugar and the antioxidant rich tomato is the ideal facial scrub to do at home. Exfoliating the skin is essential for soft, glowing and rejuvenated skin. To make this scrub at home only requires these two ingredie
Skin exfoliation is a vital part to any facial treatment be it in a beauty salon or at home in your regular skin care routine. It is the removal of dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis.
The reason so much importance is placed on exfoliation is it improves the skin texture and color. It unplugs blockages in the pores, encourages cellular regeneration and increases the absorption of creams into the skin.
This soothing and gentle recipe is great to make up in advance and have stored in a glass jar. Makes an ideal gift idea too for anyone to receive and use easily.
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp raw almonds
2 tsp dried rose petal
1 tsp rhassoul clay
Grind the oats, almonds and rose petals together in a coffee grinder to a fine powder.
Pour the mixture through a fine sieve or mesh into a bowl to remove any large pieces which would be too abrasive to use.
Add the clay and combine together by mixing well.
Pour into a glass jar and apply a tight fitting lid.
Mix 2-3 tsp of face scrub with milk, cream, rosewater, lavender water, witch hazel, water or tea, to a smooth paste. Apply to the face and neck and massage in gently in small circular movements for 5 minutes. Remove with dampened cotton wool pads or rinse with tepid water. Pat the skin dry and follow with a light application of skin toner.
Vital Part of a Facial Treatment
- Homemade Herbal Facial Steams
Doing a regular facial steam at home does not have to cost you a single cent. Growing your own beneficial herbs means you have a ready supply of fresh ingredients that may be dried for using later.
Facial Steam ~
This treatment will always feature in the spas and salons. The majority will use electrical facial steamers. Steaming is a simple, effective treatment with benefits for all skin types and easily done at home without the need of a costly steamer.
Steaming dislodges any dirt or grime in the pores, moisturizes, relaxes facial muscles, plumps out wrinkles, eliminates toxins and helps improve circulation. Many options are doable for steaming including herbs, essential oils, flower petals and teas. Use a combination of a few or keep to one ingredient, it is up to you!
Sensitive, Dry or Mature Skins – good choices include lavender, chamomile, rose, lemon balm and calendula.
Normal or Oily Skins – will benefit from rosemary, sage, peppermint, thyme, green tea or eucalyptus.
Place 3-6 sprigs fresh herbs of choice or 2 tbsp dried herbs into a medium sized heat proof bowl. Pour boiling water over the herbs and cover with a towel or large lid to trap all the oils being released from the herbs.
Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Move the bowl to a table you can comfortably sit at. Covering your head with a large towel, remove the cover on the bowel and lean over making sure you are trapping all that beneficial steam. Do this for 10 minutes maximum.
more homemade mask recipes
- Homemade Grapefruit Face Mask
Two homemade recipes using grapefruit. A grapefruit face mask and a luscious sugar, salt and grapefruit peel body scrub to revitalize and invigorate face and body. Read on for recipes, tips and info.
- Strawberries and Cream Facial Mask Recipe
Treat your skin to a strawberries and cream homemade facial mask and you will reap the benefits. Strawberries are powerful antioxidants and rich in Vitamin C which are essential for a healthy skin.
- Homemade Cherry Face Mask Recipes
Cherries are a small fruit with huge benefits not only to our health but when applied topically on the skin. Here are seven easy fresh cherry mask recipes using everyday edible ingredients to make.
Facial Mask ~
There are a great variety of different types of face masks and often in a salon more than one may be applied as part of a facial.
Clay, thermal, astringent, peeling, wax, oil, gel and biological (fruit, plant, vegetable, herb or natural product based) masks are options when deciding on the appropriate type to use.
Here are selections of biological masks for different skin types you can easily rustle up quickly.
Normal skin – 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 beaten egg. Mash up the banana and add the honey and the beaten egg. Mix well and push through a sieve. Apply the mask to the face and the neck avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove with tepid water or a piece of dampened cotton wool. Pat the skin dry. Apply your face toner to remove any last residue.
Benefits: Moisturizes and softens the skin.
Dry skin – 1 egg yolk and a few drops of almond oil. Mix together and apply to the face and neck area, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes and remove with tepid water or dampened cotton wool. Pat the skin dry. Follow with your face toner.
Benefits: Softens and refines the skin texture.
Oily skin – half a peeled cucumber and 2 teaspoons of orange or lemon juice. Mash up the cucumber and mix with the juice. Apply to the face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave for 15 minutes and remove with tepid water or dampened cotton wool pads. Apply your facial tonic to remove any residue.
Benefits: Refines, soothes and tones the skin.
Relaxing Facial Time
Scent of Rose
more toner ideas
- Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics
Face toners or tonics go hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers history dictates to us. Here are 4 easily made recipes for creating your own homemade, inexpensive and beneficial face toners.
- Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe
Making a rosewater and lemon face wash takes no time to make and will give you wonderful rejuvenated skin. You may also want to make your own rosewater using rose petals so read on for a face wash recipe, how to make your own rosewater and some great
Face Toner ~
Facial toners or tonics are designed to remove the last traces of a cleanser, restore the pH of the skin and add some moisture.
Here is a recipe for a calming, hydrating and healing face toner that may be made ahead of time and stored in a fine spray bottle or container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
4 oz distilled water
1/8 cup rolled oats
1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
1 tsp dried lemon balm leaves
1-2 dried calendula flowers
Boil water and pour over oats and herbs in a bowl.
Allow to steep until cool and strain the toner mixture into a 2 oz size bottle.
Apply lid and store in the fridge in-between use.
Apply twice daily and use as part of your facial treatment.
Other alternatives are rosewater, lavender water and witch hazel.
Floral Waters or hydrosols may be used as alternatives.
- Top 10 Carrier Oils for Homemade Beauty Products
Carrier Oils or base oils are present in the majority of homemade beauty products and are an essential ingredient to add. There are a large amount of carrier oils available so here is my top 10 list.
Sweet Almond Oil
- Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
This is a fresh potent recipe to make your own anti-aging serum which will rival commercial brands. Rich in Vitamin C it includes Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest which is a superfood for skin.
- How to Administer a Facial Massage to Yourself
Administering a facial massage on yourself is a quick treatment you can easily fit into your daily beauty regime. With benefits including improved circulation, increased muscle tone and a brighter complexion, it is well worth doing. With roots in bot
The final part to any facial treatment is a fabulicious facial moisturizer and for me I have decided to highlight facial serum. You can add extra benefits by applying with massage techniques for that luxurious feel to pampering with a capital P!
A two in one product, this could be a facial serum or massage oil.
This recipe is easily made and may be designed exclusively for your own needs or based on what you have on hand. Only 3 ingredients are needed.
The formula is the same for all skin types; carrier oil, a bonus luxury oil and essential oil.
All you need is a dark glass dropper bottle for whatever volume you wish to make. 1-2 oz is a good guide. This nourishing serum should be stored out of direct sunlight and will last up to a year. Here are some suggestions:
Start by filling your bottle approximately 2/3 full with one of these oils:
Avocado Oil – good for dry and aging skin.
Argan Oil – good for dry, ageing, normal, oily or acne prone skin.
Apricot kernel Oil – great for all skin types but particularly good for dry or ageing skin.
Jojoba Oil – good for dry, ageing, normal, oily or acne prone skin.
Sweet Almond Oil – all skin types, may take a little longer to absorb.
Hemp Seed Oil – all skin types and extremely light.
Grapeseed Oil – great for normal, oily or acne prone skin.
You may choose to omit this if you wish. These generally cost a bit more but with that comes added benefits to give the skin a major boost!
Fill the bottle to near the top with one of these little luxuries:
Carrot Seed Oil – for all skin types it is a wonderful oil to include in serum recipes.
Emu Oil – a powerhouse for nourishing and moisturizing dry and ageing skin.
Evening Primrose Oil – beneficial for all skin types it may even be taken internally.
Neem Oil – a great healing oil that is ideal for oily or acne prone skin.
Sea Buckthorn Oil – another all rounder, particularly nourishing on dry or mature skin.
Tamanu Oil – excellent oil for oily or acne skin. Healing on facial scarring too.
The last ingredients to combine into this serum, essential oils are available in great numbers to choose from. This is a selection, if you have your own personal favourite then use it here.
Add 4-6 drops of essential oil, less is more as these powerful, potent oils are volatile and need to be treated carefully and used wisely. Do not use more than 6 drops.
Chamomile – great for all skin types, it is soothing and healing.
Lemongrass – great for oily and acne prone skin, it is brightening and toning.
Lavender – great healing oil for all skin types, only 3 or 4 drops needed of this oil.
Palma Rosa – suitable for all skin types, it is great for breakouts and yet is soothing and softening for dry mature skin.
Rose Geranium – suitable for sensitive, dry, normal or mature skin.
Rose – very popular for dry, mature and normal skin.
Rosemary – excellent oil for oily or acne skin types, it is astringent and cleansing.
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
By now you should be feeling a bit pampered with silky smooth skin that will be glowing with vitality. Enjoy this facial and then take it to the next level. What do I mean by that?
H.O.W Humanity One World is what I mean.
- Humanity One World: A Renewal of Effort and Commitment
Calling all members of H.O.W....it is time to step up the efforts and I am calling on all of you to do your part.
- Humanityoneworld | Zazzle.com Store
Humanity One World is a non-political movement that seeks to make this world a better place to live. Making a difference, one person at a time. All proceeds from the HOW Zazzle store go to help people in need.
Making a difference through change one step at a time
Humanity One World (H.O.W) was set up by Bill Holland an accomplished writer and someone I am proud to call a friend.
Concerned about the current state of the world, Bill was instrumental in setting up H.O.W which now has many members from all walks of life who all share the same hunger to
“create awareness and try to effect change, one person at a time . . . . one act of kindness at a time”
By getting involved in the community you are doing the work of H.O.W
By a simple act of kindness you are doing the work of H.O.W
By showing compassion to others you are doing the work or H.O.W
My suggestion is this, make someone feel that little bit special by incorporating some homemade beauty into their lives.
Here are some ideas:
- Nursing Homes
- A Local Hospice
- Cancer Hospital
- Rehabilitation Centre
- Hospital Ward
- Meals on Wheels Customers
- Women’s Refuge
- Charity Shelters
- Juvenile Detention
- Local Parish
Why not volunteer to do mini facials at the local hospital or nursing home?
Give a neighbour down on their luck a mini makeover; tell them you need a model.
Why not commit to doing an hr a week at a women’s refuge centre and do a few simple skin care recipes for any ladies interested. Run classes if interest is shown.
Are you involved with a charity? Why not combine some confidence boosting skin care or makeup with the charity.
These are all ideas to get you started.
What have I done?
I have run classes for some elderly ladies in a nursing home, done makeup for a close friend’s mum who had a stroke and done makeup classes at the local social welfare.
My very first article I wrote was for Epilepsy Ireland and it told my own story of living with Epilepsy as a way of helping others through this and showing it does not have to have a negative impact on your life.
These acts were all done free of charge and things I offered.
We can all make a difference, no matter how small it may seem, IT MATTERS.
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