The benefits of a facial are many, it cleans the pores, removes dead skin, leaves your skin refreshed and feeling good. However, salon facials can cost a lot of money, and take a lot of time. Your facial skin is the most sensitive skin on your body, and can wrinkle and become damaged. Regular facials can really help. Here are some steps to a five-minute home facial.
Minute one: Cleanse the skin.
Choose a mild cleanser and wash your face. You want to use two fingers, the middle ones on your hand as they are the weakest, and will cause the least damage. So, wash with circular motions and lather up your face pretty well. Rinse well after. You can use your normal daily face wash for this part of your facial. The point is that you want to clean your face before you open the pores up much, and before you exfoliate so that you don’t get bacteria into your pores, which would actually cause acne.
Minute two: Exfoliate.
Once you have cleaned your face, grab an exfoliate and take a minute to exfoliate your face. You can buy exfoliates at most stores. Get one that is mild without a lot of chemical ingredients. A nice almond scrub works well. You can visit your local beauty supply store for a variety of options for facial exfoliates. Just be careful when exfoliating to not put too much pressure around the eyes, and use gentle scrubbing motions so that you don’t create wrinkle lines as you exfoliate your skin.
Minute three: Steam your face.
Fill your sink with hot water from the tap, as hot as it gets. Hold your face over it for 30 seconds, then take a washcloth and dip it into the sink. Dab your face with the steaming hot washrag. This will help open your pores and let out any extra junk that is under that top layer of skin. It also allows you to get rid of any dead skin that could cause you to have plugged up pores.
Minute four: Dry your face.
Use a soft washcloth to pat your face dry. You do not want to rub it, but pat it dry. Rubbing your face means that you will break down the collagen and other aspects of your face, and can add to lines and wrinkles. Use your middle fingers and be soft so that you do not damage your face further.
Minute five: Moisturize.
The skin on your face is extra sensitive, which means that talking, smiles, and even laughing can all cause fine lines and wrinkles. Moist and supple skin looks better and stays wrinkle free longer. Use a specially designed eye cream for around the eyes, and a basic facial moisturizer for the rest of your face. If you want to give yourself a five-minute facial, moisturizing is the last step.