This year, I finally adopted relaxing routines for my sanity and pleasure. Besides the pure enjoyment, my leisure activities are also usually activities that are good for me, adding beneficial contributions to my health, either physically, mentally or spiritually. Like many ladies, I love a great spa day, featuring warm massages, a cleansing facial, manicures, and pedicures. Being the frugal lady that I am, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate luxury activities into my home life, thereby making them an affordable consistent routine. So, over the past year, I have created an at home facial routine that keeps my skin healthy, clear, and prepped for my love of makeup! On Friday evenings, I unwind from a busy work week by slathering on my favorite facial products, and sinking deep into the couch to soak up the latest drama from Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.
My Facial Routine
Step 1: Washing my face with my trusty Mia 2 and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
Step 2: Exfoliating with Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal Face Scrub Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask.
Step 3: Steam skin to open pores for better penetration of the remaining products. There are tools that can be purchased to complete the steam treatment, however, I prefer the good old fashion use of a warm towel or warm bowl of water with herbs that are beneficial for skin.
Step 4: Hydrate skin by applying a mask for 15 minutes with Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mask. This mask is great for unclogging pores and make your skin feel really soft.
Step 5: I usually apply a peel if I feel like I need a deep cleanse. Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On
Step 6: For toning, I prefer Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Rosewater.
Step 6: Moisturize with Mountain Rose Pumpkin Seed Oil
My last step is somewhat different than the typical at home facial because most spas and estheticians use some type of serum and then moisturize. After using several moisturizing routines, I have found using oils high in linoleic acid, like Pumpkin Seed Oil has been the most effective for my acne-prone skin. I discovered this technique form Dawn Michelle author of Minimalist Beauty Blog http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/oils-specifically-for-acne-prone-skin/. If I know I’m going out, I will follow up with a sunscreen for protection but I typically try to complete this routine at night, when I know I’ll be in.
To some, this list of steps may seem like an overload but its always great to take at least 30 minutes to pamper yourself and create an atmosphere of self-love.
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