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  • by The Buckhead Massage Company
  • September 1, 2015

    Part 1: Prepping Your Face

    Pull back you hair and wear a comfortable t-shirt. You’re going to be making and using a scrub, a steam, and a mask. It’s best to make sure your hair is out of your face so it doesn’t get in your way. Put on a comfy t-shirt that you don’t mind splattering with different facial products.

    Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. A good facial starts with a fresh, clean face, so use your favorite cleanser to gently wash away makeup, dirt and sweat before you begin. Wet your face with warm water, apply the cleanser using a gentle circular motion, and rinse your face with warm water when you’re finished.

    • Use warm or cool water, rather than hot or cold. Room temperature water is best for your facial skin.
    • If you want to create your own luxurious cleanser, try using oil. Rub olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil into your skin, then wipe it off with a towel dampened with warm water. This makes a great makeup remover and leaves your skin soft and moist

    Exfoliate with a homemade scrub. The hallmark of a great facial is bright, refreshed looking skin. Exfoliating is a very important part of the process. Apply your scrub using a gentle circular motion to slough away the dead skin and reveal fresh skin underneath. You can make your own scrub at home using all natural products you probably already have in your kitchen. Try one of these combinations:[1]

    • For oily skin: mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon water
    • For normal skin: 1 teaspoon ground oatmeal, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon milk
    • For dry skin: mix 1 teaspoon ground almonds, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon olive oil

    Rinse your face. Use lukewarm water to rinse off the scrub. Make sure to rinse carefully around your eyes and nose so you don’t leave any of the scrub on your face. When you’re finished, pat your face dry with a soft towel.

    Do a facial massage. Massaging your face increases circulation in your facial tissue, causing your skin to feel and look refreshed. In addition to making your skin look beautiful, it helps combat puffiness and wrinkles and relieves stress. Do a facial massage using this technique:

    • Massage your cheeks with your fingertips using a wide circular motion. Move your fingers up to your nostrils, over your cheekbones and back around. Repeat for one minute.
    • Massage your forehead, starting with the temples and moving in toward the center. Repeat for one minute.
    • Massage your eye area, starting at the arch of your brow, moving down past the outer corner of your eyes, sweeping under your eyes toward your nose, and back up to your brows. Repeat for one minute.

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