Sometimes after a long week of work all I want to do is go home, throw on my jammies and slather on a good facial. There’s just something about an at home facial and DIY spa night that lets me unwind from the weekend and find a little slice of zen.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t limit myself to just facials. I love a good body scrub, homemade hair mask, foot soak and whatever else I can think of. And let’s not forget the amazingness that is a good old fashioned Epsom salt bath.
There is something about an at home facial that I just love though. And here’s why you should be adding them to your DIY spa night schedule too…
Why Are Facials Good For Your Complexion?
Facials are a great alternative to invasive or painful skin care procedures that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
What makes them so great for your complexion is their gentle ability to even out skin tone, lighten dark spots and slough away dead skin cells that can cause your skin to look dull and worn.
Facials include ingredients that stimulate cellular turnover and rejuvenation so your skin heals from the inside, out.
Are Facials Good For All Skin Types?
Facials have no age restriction or skin type preference. When made at home with natural products you can design a facial that is perfectly suited for your skin type and whatever skin issue you want to tackle.
For example, if you have sensitive skin or allergies (i.e. to gluten), but want a potent anti-aging skin mask you can make one from 4 simple ingredients; avocado, raw chocolate, green tea and almond milk. Not only is this particular recipe allergen-free, but it’s safe for all ages.
All it takes is a simple tweaking of a recipe list to create a facial that is best suited for your skin type and needs.
Are they appropriate for both men and women?
Of course! Though women are more open about tackling skin care issues, men suffer just as many.
Acne and dry skin are probably the most common skin issues that affect both men and women. Though acne may be caused by different hormone imbalances, there are simple facial remedies that can cure this issue for both genders.
Can an at home facial be as effective as a facial from a spa or salon?
Personally, I am a lover of natural remedies, so my answer may seem biased.
I truly believe that at home facials are better than anything you could get in a spa or salon.
When you go to a spa or salon you have no control over the ingredients of your facial. Like many products on the market, it likely contains harmful toxins or chemicals. Ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and dioxin are common in many facial skin care products and are both known to facilitate the action of known carcinogens.
By making a facial at home you are acutely aware of what you are rubbing on your skin because you went to the effort of purchasing the ingredients, creating it and applying it. My rule of thumb; if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!
Nature gave us a million naturally potent products, it’s up to us to use them!
How Often Can You Use At Home Facials?
Depending on what type of facial you’re using will determine how often it should be used.
Facials geared towards fighting acne most likely contain ingredients that may dry out your skin. This type of facial should be used no more than 2-3 times weekly.
If your facial has microdermabrasive properties, limit use to once or twice weekly (…or try Microderm MD — an amazing at home microdermabrasion machine that can make your skin look extra fresh and take years off your face!)
For moisturizing or anti-aging facials, you can get away with using them every other day because they pose no threat to drying out your skin.
Is there anything else you would like to add about facials?
I like relaxing at the spa just as much as the next gal, but when it comes to my face I err on the side of caution. The skin on your face is more delicate than that of your arm, stomach or leg, for example. By making my own facial products I can monitor what goes on my skin and minimize potential damage.
From acne or aging to lightening and brightening your skin tone there are a number of at home remedies that you can utilize to get amazing results without breaking the bank or wasting your precious time.
Our Favourite 5 Minute DIY Facial Recipe
Photo Credit:Amelia Bartlett
Sometimes my skin gets a little blah. And by blah, I mean dull, sullen, lacklustre, sparkle-less and icky. A quick pick me up and a little TLC is all it needs to shine bright again, so I give it my very best DIY treatment.
Behold, the 3 ingredients you need to make a rejuvenating, anti-aging facial mask that is gentle enough to use up to 3 times weekly:
– 1 small ripe Banana
– 1 tablespoon raw/organic Honey (if it’s local, that’s even better!)
– 1/3 cup unsweetened yogurt
Bet you’re looking at this and thinking it’s a pretty simple mask, and you’re right; it is. Good things don’t have to be complicated so just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Mash up your banana using a fork. The riper the banana, the easier this is to do.
Step 2: Add in your honey and yogurt and mix briskly until it turns into a nice, creamy consistency.
Step 3: On a clean face, slather on your facial mask and massage it into your skin for 2-3 minutes in circular motions. Let it soak into your skin for another 15-20 minutes then rinse.
Three ingredients and 3 steps; doesn’t get much simpler than that. If you’re wondering why I live by it, let me indulge your curiosity!
Bananas are magical fruits. From their peel to the actual fruit itself, they are rich with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. I’m talking vitamin A, B, E and F, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, folic acid and iodine. In conjunction with one another, these help release toxins from your skin, reduce fluid retention and inflammation, naturally exfoliate, increase circulation, kill bacteria and heal damaged skin.
These perks make using a banana facial safe and effective for all skin types out there.
Honey is another great antibacterial ingredient. If you suffer from a few blemishes or dots, honey will clear those right up. Best of all, it’s natural ability to moisturize will keep your skin feeling silky smooth and nourished.
Did you know that by choosing local honey you not only support your local economy, but stimulate immune properties? The bees make the honey from local pollen which keeps your body adapted to your environment. It also makes the honey more potent and tasty!
Yogurt, our final ingredient, contains lots of lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acids which are great for clearing your pores with their natural exfoliating abilities. Make sure to pick up unsweetened so the added sugar doesn’t exacerbate current acne. Unsweetened yogurt will help reduce any redness caused from pimples, wear away at dark skin spots while stimulating collagen production to give your skin that youthful glow.
Did I mention that if you add in a big scoop of peanut butter and toss it in the freezer it makes a delicious little snack too? Who said skin care couldn’t be versatile!