Thursday, 30 August 2012

Pamper Yourself, With these Simple Steps ...!


 We need to pamper and love ourselves occasionally, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But those needs don’t have to cost lots of money, and you can do them right at home. So whether you’re looking for some great skincare tips, you need to really kick some life into your complexion, or you just need a relaxing night, we've got your fix right here.

Facials are easy enough to do at home, and we've developed a great tried-and-true routine that I use when I’m in dire need of a complexion renewal.  always start with a good cleanse and exfoliation, followed by a mask and steam.

Here’s the breakdown:
  1. Cleanse – If you want to do your face any good, you’ll need to get your pores squeaky clean! Choose your favorite cleanser and use small, circular motions with your fingertips or a washcloth. Remember: the smaller the circles, the more dirt and oil you dissolve! Rinse with warm water.
  2. Exfoliate – Grab a gentle exfoliator and get ready to remove dead, icky skin cells. If you don’t have an exfoliator, put a tablespoon of sugar into a tablespoon of honey and watch it work its magic. Gently massage your face with the mixture, including your forehead, jawline, hairline, and temples. Leave no stone unturned! Focus on areas where your skin is particularly rough or where your pores are visible. Rinse with warm water.
  3. The Mask – This is my favorite part, because I love creating my own masques! My current favorite is a mixture of honey, turmeric, lemon juice, and yogurt. Honey is antibacterial and moisturizing, turmeric is an Indian spice used for brightening, and lemon juice produces similar results. Yogurt is a great balancing ingredient and a moisturizer as well.
  • Mix about two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of organic, plain yogurt, a pinch of turmeric, and a squeeze of lemon juice (from a REAL lemon, not a bottle!).
  • Mix and apply to your face.
  • You can also run your lemon peels through the garbage disposal for a refreshing scent, as well as use them for polishing, composting, or flavoring your water.
  1. Steam – Steam is a great way to open pores and cleanse the skin. You just need to be gentle. If you have any leftover lemon peels, throw them into a bowl and add in hot water. Cover the bowl with a towel and put into the microwave for five to six minutes. Grab a thick, fluffy hand towel and carefully remove the bowl – don’t splash or scald yourself! Sit the bowl on a table and seat yourself. Lean your face over the bowl and use the towel to cover your head and trap the steam underneath. Sit tight for seven to ten minutes,
  2. Finishing up – Rise your face with lukewarm or cold water to cool down – and maybe drink some water. Put on your best moisturizer and products you use normally.
Voila! You’ve had a wonderfully relaxing skin spa right at home. You can add aromatherapy, music, or a hubby-done foot rub for extra oomph.

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