Monday, October 7, 2013

Home Spa #1 Face Care (Steam + Scrub)

My favorite thing to do, which I do every monday, is to do a facial steam which I then follow up with a scrub. It makes the skin really smooth and the pores look smaller. Here I made a step-by-step on how to do one yourself at home. Doing it at a salon can set you back quite a lot of money, and I have found that these gives just as good results. I do my steam with dried lavender and rose water or rose essential oil, but you can of course customize to your own liking. I prefer to use lavender like this because it has good purifying qualities for me but I'm sensitive to it (lavender is an irritant! Remember that and use it with care, and preferably not on skin which will be exposed to sun) so this way I'm not putting it directly on to my skin.

What you need
A wide bowl, deep enough to fit a couple of centimeters of water and wide enough to steam your entire face

Dried lavender, about a tablespoon or five drops of lavender essential oil
A spoon if you're using dried lavender, otherwise fuck that spoon

Rose water, as much as you want but no more than half of the liquid in your bowl, or five drops of rose essential oil

A pretty big towel

FIRST clean your face, it's best to just have that step over with.

SECOND get your water cooking! I use a kettle but you can put your bowl with water in the microwave for about three minutes to get it hot. Fill the bowl, and then add a little more. Just to be sure.

THIRD add your ingredients, rose water and lavender or essential oils.

FOURTH put your towel around the bowl, like the picture below. Then sit down, put the towel over your head and try to make sure there's no "openings" Sit there and steam your face for 5-15 minutes, depending on how much you can handle or how impatient you are. I tend to sit for about 7 minutes, maximum ten.

FIFTH take that ground coffee that's in the pot after you've made a cup of coffee and stand over your sink, gently scrubbing all over your face and neck. If you've never done that before I will warn you that it's pretty messy but it's worth it. Rinse off after about a minute and pat your skin dry carefully

SIXTH Now that you're all soft and awesome in your face you can either leave it like that or dab a tiny amount of coconut oil or almond oil on your face to make yourself super soft and nice smelling.

Hope you liked it! I'm planning a couple more of these posts so keep and eye out :)


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