#164 Try a Facial

Aside from looking better, the time you take to either get a professional facial or a DIY one will be ‘me time’ – self care at its best.

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#164

Try a Facial

If you’re headed to the spa for the massage that I recommended yesterday then I’d like to suggest that you also treat yourself to a facial while you’re there. Why? A facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin on your face and neck, keeping it healthy, potentially more firm, and younger looking!

Types

There are different types of facials which is why your best bet is to use the services of an esthetician is preferred. They are trained to identify any problems your skin may have such as blackheads, level of hydration, and issues with acne. As with other professions, they are trained to identify a problem and then educated as to the best way to treat or serve that particular issue.

Problem Solving

If you experience any acne, excess oil, large pores, dark circles, puffiness, sagging, pigment difference or have fine lines and/or wrinkles – you can benefit from a facial. Different facials offer different benefits. There are facials to firm and lift the skin, calm visible redness, depigmenting dark spots, detoxing skin, hydrating skin and so many others. Considerations about which type of facial is the best for you include diet, allergies, lifestyle, medications, activity, stress, and your home skin care routine. Based on all that information, your esthetician will know how to best meet your needs.

Process

Most facials include some element of facial massage, a fantastic benefit as your face muscles do get a workout with each sentence you utter not to mention your day-to-day facial expressions. There is typically a deep steaming to cleanse the skin and preparation for exfoliation – removing all the dead skin cells that sit there. It’s often a very soothing and relaxing experience. Next is generally some kind of mask… an effort to pull toxins out of your skin so that is is fresh and clean. Lastly, your face will be massaged with a moisturizer designed for your skin type, leaving your face feeling healthy.

Masks

If you can make an appointment for a professional facial, don’t fret as there are some good alternatives that will accomplish the basic elements important for a facial. Harper’s Bazaar recently posted the best 14 Face Masks of All Time – giving us a nice list of alternatives to a salon experience. It may be a great activity for a girlfriend sleepover, a bridal party activity, or a quiet sole evening. Frankly though, for a few more dollars – someone else can do the work!!

DIY

If you want to have a do-it-yourself facial evening without all the costs and perhaps from a more organic standpoint, it may be as easy as heading to your kitchen. This article highlights homemade recipes for face masks that will detoxify your skin, hydrate, and cleanse with common food items like bananas, honey, oatmeal and milk.

Benefits

Aside from looking better, the time you take to either get a professional facial or a DIY one will be ‘me time’ – self care at its best. You’ll experience a sense of relaxation, calm, and potentially time away from the daily stressors of your life. According to dermatology experts, facials are the best way to rejuvenate our skin and can prevent premature aging. It’s another item to add to your ‘wish list’ – you know, the one you are making so that when someone ask what you want for your birthday or the holiday’s you can tell them you want to…

Try a Facial.

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#296 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

as I attempted to buy wine the next day – I was asked for ID. As I got back in the car to go home I slammed a solid fist pump into the air believing that my primping was responsible.

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#296

Have an at-home spa day

This may be the ultimate in Self-care activities. Spending an afternoon or an entire day pampering your face, your hair, your skin, and your nails. Back in my youth this meant massaging a gross amount of mayonnaise into  my hair and wrapping it in a warm towel; rubbing my heels with Vaseline and covering my feet with cotton socks; and then applying baby oil all over my skin from head to toe. Just to be cute I would use cucumber slices on my eyes on occasion but mostly they got cold compresses. That was the process of beautification as I knew it.

Today, while those methods may work fine, there are dozens of fancier options. From homemade facial scrubs to electric foot baths – having a personal spa day is easier than ever. Get started with a bath, a glass of wine, some soft music, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Spend time moisturizing your hair, your face, and your extremities. A sugar scrub for your face, hands, and feet will exfoliate and prep your skin for the lotions that come next. Using honey, buttermilk, coconut oil and/or avocados are a natural way to hydrate the largest organ (your skin) on your body.

Finish up with attending to your finger and toenails – to polish or not is a personal preference. Some light yoga or meditation may be a great way to still your mind while while your body regenerates and then perhaps some outdoor time in a garden or a short nap.

In my late twenties I treated myself to a full day of pampering and as I attempted to buy wine the next day – I was asked for ID. As I got back in the car to go home I slammed a solid fist pump into the air believing that my primping was responsible. Who knows? The more you take care of your skin – the longer it looks good so go ahead and treat yourself to an…

At Home Spa Day.

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