As much as you can have a daily facial care routine, made of cleanser, toner and cream, using products that suit your skin type, time of day and season, sometimes the skin needs something extra. A more thorough wash, a mask, a deeper cleansing. You can rely on experts or you can do it yourself at home. With one exception: if you are going to remove blackheads and blackheads, rely only on professionals (unless you are yourself), because otherwise, you run the risk of creating infections, spots and unsightly scars.
Returning to the home-made facial cleansing, here are the necessary steps, which we will see in detail, to obtain a smooth, soft and deeply clean skin:
- steam treatment
- deep cleansing
- oil treatment with massage
- tonic and cream
To make sure that the homemade facial cleansing is a moment of pampering for yourself, make sure you have plenty of time and do not have to leave the house immediately finished everything: the skin will remain for a while ‘very delicate and reactive.
Start with the steam treatment. Simply boil some water (use a kettle if you want to do it first), place the pot on a pot holder and bend over it with your head covered with a large towel. If you wish, you can add some essential oil and thus add a little aromatherapy. To ensure that the skin softens sufficiently and the pores really dilate, stay at least 15 minutes under the towel, 20 is ideal. You might find it useful to keep some paper towels handy, the steam could also help you to uncork the nose!
After this treatment you can wash your face with warm water so as not to lose the benefits of steam, using your usual favorite products and insisting especially in areas with more imperfections and impurities. If your skin is particularly oily or you think it needs it and can withstand it, you could wash your face normally before the steam, and then deeper after, in this way the first wash will take away the usual amount of impurities, while the second will clean more deeply exploiting the dilating effect of the steam.
At this point you can switch to a massage with oil. Choose an oil that is suitable for your skin, such as grape seed, coconut or jojoba oil. Almond oil may also be good, but it is heavier than other oils. Or you might want to use Indian oil, particularly suitable for removing blackheads.
In the first case, with circular movements and using only your fingertips, massage an amount of oil equal to a teaspoonful of coffee, until you feel the skin tickle, or until you feel warm. The movement goes from the bottom to the top, then from the neck to the forehead, and from the center to the outside, then from the nose to the temples. Try to avoid the eye area, as it is more delicate and sensitive.
When you are finished, remove the excess oil with a cotton pad or wash basin (microfibre or bamboo) and wash your face quickly to remove the excess oil. In the second case, if you want to use Indian oil, here is how to proceed: massage the oil as described above, remove the excess with a cotton pad. Repeat this procedure until the cotton pad is clean (usually 3 to 5 applications).
After each treatment with oil, even if you have removed the excess with cotton or other, it is still important to wash the face again: the oil could clog the pores and generate new blackheads and blackheads, in the long run, and this is the opposite of what you want to achieve with a facial cleansing!
At this point you can switch to a scrub, whether you bought it at the store or decided to do it at home. The recipes are many depending on the skin types.
One of my favorites, to use in these cases where the skin is subjected to many treatments all together, is a simple scrub of rosewater and sugar.
The quantities go “by the eye”: mix a teaspoon of each ingredient until you have a grainy batter, always to be passed in circular movements on the face, always avoiding the eye area.
Rinse with warm water and now you are ready for a face mask. Here, too, there are many possibilities, both those on the market and the DIY recipes to meet every skin type and every need. A simple, moisturizing, purifying and restorative, to do at home is based on kaolin (or white clay, more delicate than green clay) as a purifying ingredient, honey as an antibacterial and emollient ingredient, yogurt as a moisturizing and restorative ingredient. Mix all together, one teaspoon per ingredient should be enough.
With the back of the teaspoon you can spread the mixture over the entire face, hold on for 15/20 minutes and then rinse with fresh water.
Finish it all with your usual tonic, in this way you will have respected, although lengthening and widening them a lot, the so-called “three biophases”, or a way of treating the face using first a vegetable oil, able to dissolve sebum and impurities in a gentle way (with the added benefits of a vegetable oil, This is followed by soap to remove the oil and what it has incorporated, without being too aggressive on the skin, and finally a tonic that has the important task of closing the pores and restoring the acidic pH of the skin. Finally, if you feel the need, you can apply your favorite face cream.
And that’s it, at this point, your skin should be smooth, soft and thoroughly cleansed. A little redness is normal, but only you really know your skin so try to use the products best suited to your skin type and if during any of the treatments you feel uncomfortable, stop and let the skin rest.