Last week I gave myself an at home mini facial. I’m not an esthetician, but this facial made my pores feel clean and revitalized. I have no idea why I never tried this skin care ritual until now.
This DIY Mini Facial was so soothing and ridiculously simple. It also didn’t cost me any money since I already had everything at home. Many of the herbs that I buy can be used for multiple DIY beauty products. Once you realize all of the ways that you can use them the possibilities are endless.
This is one skin care indulgence that I’d like to gift myself once a week if possible.
What you will need:
Skin Loving Herbs
Detoxing/Soothing Facial Mask
Cleansing/Moisturizing Jojoba Oil Blend (or Oils Specifically for Acne Prone Skin)
It was in the morning so my skin was makeup free. I used a toner to refresh my skin and prepare it for steaming. I haven’t bought a toner in a long time and prefer to make my own. Sometimes I use aloe vera, make a herbal toner with catnip and calendula, or even the DIY Soothing Antioxidant Toner. When I make a simple herbal toner or use plain aloe vera I like adding a few drops of my favorite essential oils.
I boiled a large pot with 16-20 oz. of purified water with two tablespoons of skin loving herbs. This time I used rosemary and comfrey root yet you can use chamomile, elder flower, calendula, thyme, catnip, lavender, burdock root, or any herb that you prefer. Once the herbs had boiled a few minutes I turned off the stove and steamed my face over the pot for about 5-7 minutes with a towel over my head. I had to come up for air a few times but it was still so relaxing. (If the steam is too hot wait for it too cool a bit. You do not want to burn yourself.) I found steaming my face was the best thing I could ever add to my skin care regimen. Even if I can’t fit it in weekly, once or twice a month would be phenomenal!
Fresh organic herbs are the best for steaming, yet you can use your favorite tea if you’d like. It will still be a wonderful experience!
I then applied my facial mask. My favorite DIY masks are the DIY Ayurvedic Turmeric Facial Mask, rhassoul clay and raw honey, or the DIY Gentle Exfoliating Mask with lemon, sugar, and raw honey. Any good natural mask will do. I allowed the mask to absorb impurities and refresh the skin for about 10-15 minutes. I like to rotate my DIY masks every once and a while.
After rinsing I finished with my jojoba oil blend as a moisturizer and I’ve never felt better. (You may want to read this article for oil options for acne prone skin.) One extra bonus that I really enjoyed was straining the herbs that I steamed my skin with to use as my hair rinse after cleansing my hair and before using my conditioner. It was like a two in one treatment that I have a feeling may become a wonderful habit.
You can find loose organic herbs in bulk from my favorite place Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also use these herbs to infuse in oils or apple cider vinegar. Please check any new herbs that you want to use to make sure they are compatible with pregnancy or any medical condition.
How do you do your at home facials?
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)