What’s the reason for doing facials? People do them to overcome common minor skin problems such as acne and redness. They are also used to tone, soften, and reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging. But also, think on the following, most of the conventional makeup products out there contain synthetic ingredients such as parabens, fragrance, aluminum powder, and phthalates (just to name a few). All of which are cancer causing ingredients. These can also be hazardous on your skin over time so facials are almost necessary to counteract the negative effects of makeup. Switching to more natural organic makeup is also an option and highly recommended. The daily pollution your skin intakes from carbon emissions to chemicals are constant as well. Facials de-stress not only your skin, but the mind as well. It is also highly recommended when you do a facial to lay down with a blanket, listen to some relaxing music, close your eyes focusing on your breath only, and just take this time to relax and enjoy. With all the stress and worries in the world today, everyone needs and deserves a “You” time after all. 🙂
The following are some tried and true facials and the benefits of each. And the best part is they are simple and do not require much of your time or money!
- Buttermilk Facial – Wash your face with buttermilk and blot dry. There is no sour smell after doing this. This facial wash alleviates acne, gets rid of skin infections and irritations, and makes the skin smoother. Don’t have buttermilk? You can make your own by keeping milk past the expiration date in your fridge. Sour milk is essentially buttermilk.
- Vitamin E Oil – Dab oil on skin around the eyes and mouth to reduce fine lines. You can use oil from Vitamin E capsules or Starwest Botanicals sells high quality Vitamin E oil.
- Cornmeal Facial – Use stone-ground cornmeal. Make a paste by boiling the cornmeal in just enough water to thicken it but not make it runny. Make sure it’s cooled and apply to the skin in a circular motion. This facial opens up the pores and cleans it from dirt and oils to prevent flaking skin and improve skin tone. Wash off after 10 minutes. This can be done twice daily to clean the skin.
- Yogurt Facial – Apply yogurt all over the face after cleansing. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off. Do this everyday to get rid of acne. The key to yogurt? The acidophilus in the yogurt decreases skin inflammation. You want a yogurt with L. acidophilus as this is the best kind of bacterium to treat skin breakouts.
- Honey Facial – Make sure to secure your hair back (this stuff is sticky!). Smooth on pure, raw honey all over face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes, then wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. Do this everyday to soften, tone, and reduce and reverse signs of aging in the skin. In fact, this might just be the fountain of youth in beauty facials. 🙂 It is more potent than any anti-aging wrinkle-fighting cream on the market. It is anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
- Combine honey with nutmeg and cinnamon or crushed rose petals to really enhance this facial’s anti-aging effects. Don’t have crushed rose petals handy? Dried rose hips will also work. Just make sure to re-hydrate the hips before combining with honey. You can do this by letting the rose hips soak in warm water for about 5 minutes. Keep the water from this and add into the honey mixture making a good paste, but again, you don’t want it too runny. Rose Hips promotes skin tissue regeneration which leads to fewer wrinkles and age spots. Rose Hips also makes an excellent tea!
Info Aging has a really good blog on additional facials you can make with honey. These are all really good! Raw honey is hard to find in stores however. Most of the honey sold in stores is pasteurized which kills the good bacteria in the honey. The Health Ranger Store sells excellent Canadian raw honey.
- Yucca Root Facial – There’s a lot of recipes out there for yucca root shampoo, soaps, and facial treatments. These offer, for the most part, great natural recipes, but this can also be intimidating to someone who just wants the effects of yucca on their skin without the hassle. I offer a simple, yet effective, yucca root facial treatment.
- Mix 1-2 tsp powdered yucca root with 6 oz of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes. Then whisk in 3 TBSP of Kaolin Clay, 1 drop of Frankincense and 3 drops Rose Hip Oil. Remove from heat and keep whisking till mixture cools and thickens. If you need to thicken this some more after cooling, you’ll want to warm it back up and increase the clay and yucca root powder some to get it to your desired thickness. Add 1/2 tsp of citric acid or rosemary powder to help preserve your facial concoction.
Yucca comes from an evergreen in Southern California. It’s been referred to as “nature’s own cortisone” and was a prized herb by the Native Americans in the Southwest. It’s roots have been used by the Chumash to create soaps and shampoos that keep skin and hair healthy. It has soothing, anti-septic properties that helps calm irritation, fight infection, dandruff, and fungi. It is also a rich source of polyphenols that promote the growth of younger skin cells and prevent aging.
Yucca makes a great tea as well! Yucca contains natural steroids and saponins which neutralize toxins that interfere with cartilage formation helping to relieve painful joints and muscles. The tea also reduces/gets rid of headaches, lowers blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol. Drink 2-3 cups daily to reap the benefits.
- Chickpea and Olive Oil Facial – Both chickpeas and olive oil are packed with skin-nourishing fatty acids that help hydrate the skin. To make, simply stir together the following:
- 1/4 cup mashed canned chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- 1 egg yolk
Stir all ingredients together till they form a rich paste. Smooth onto freshly washed skin. Relax 20 minutes, and then rinse with cool water and pat dry. This yields two applications and keeps for 2 days in the fridge.
- Carrot Clay Facial – This mask removes impurities from the pores and nourishes skin with antioxidants. To make, mix together the following:
- 1/4 cup carrot juice
- 1/4 cup Kaolin Clay
Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. This can be stored in the fridge for up to one week.
- Seaweed Bath and Facial – Seaweed is rich in polysaccharides which bind to moisture to plump up the skin. It’s amino acids firm and tighten skin melting away excess fluids. Take 1/2 cup Seaweed Bath Blend Organic to a warm bath and relax in it for at least 20 minutes (or as long as you’d like). On your face, you’ll want to mix 1/4 cup Seaweed Bath Blend Organic to just enough warm water to create a paste and then apply on the face like a mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
- Peach Facial – Peaches taste great, but did you know they can reap benefits on your face? It’s macronutrients help in removing wrinkles and tightens tired skin.
- Mash 1 organic, ripe peach (skin and seed removed) in a bowl. Drizzle in 1-2 TBSP warm extra virgin olive or almond oil. Mix till it forms a spreadable paste. With a clean makeup brush, apply a thin layer over the face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. You should have enough for just one application.
- Tea Tree Toner – This is a combination of tea tree oil and witch hazel. Witch hazel is amazing at getting rid of acne! I use this everyday as it’s really good at getting rid of dirt and makeup in pores as well as preventing acne in the first place. Really, if you suffer from acne – witch hazel is your answer, not all these expensive products on the market. Do understand though that acne is a result of poor diet as well as impurities on the skin, but diet has A LOT to do with it so if you are experiencing excessive breakouts, look at eliminating sugars, gluten, and dairy from your diet as these all have a tendency to inflame the body. Not all witch hazels sold in stores is good witch hazel. A lot of products out there combine it with aloe and various other ingredients which dilutes the witch hazel making it less effective. While aloe is great for toning the skin, it doesn’t help with acne. You want 100% witch hazel with a percentage of alcohol (typically around 14%) and that’s it. Look at the ingredients and if it doesn’t contain this, don’t buy it. Starwest Botanicals Inc. sells really good witch hazel extracts. I recommend buying there and it’s relatively inexpensive. The tea tree toner I make (and love) includes the following ingredients:
Pour all ingredients into a clean glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. Shake gently and apply to a clean face with cotton ball or pad. This will keep for two weeks.
- Green Tea Facial – If you want your skin to look younger, you must try this facial! Green Tea is not only loaded with antioxidants to tone skin, but caffeine as well which plumps up the skin to make it look younger.
- Mix together 1 TBSP Macha Tea powder, 3 drops lemon juice, and 1/2 cup warm water. Whip until it forms a paste. Smooth over your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. This yields one treatment.
- Grape Face Scrub – If you are wanting a radiant complexion, getting rid of redness or discoloured skin, this is the scrub you will definitely want on handy. Grapes are packed with skin smoothing antioxidants and exfoliants that remove dulling cells. To make, blend together the following in a food processor:
- 8 organic red grapes
- 1 TBSP organic cornmeal
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Blend till the mixture forms into a paste. Massage over clean skin. Rinse and pat dry. This yields 1 treatment.
Starwest Botanicals sells just about everything you need to make most of these facials. Why do I recommend them? Because they not only test their products for heavy metals, but their products are wildcrafted, pure, unadulterated, and organic! Good raw honey you can find at The Health Ranger Store.
As you can see, facials are the way to go to treat your skin and fight aging and they are ton of fun to make! Remember when doing a facial not to skimp on the neck. Most people forget skin treatments for the neck and then you end up with a smooth face and wrinkled neck. It happens to celebrities all the time and it just looks weird. I’d love to know if there’s a facial out there I need to try or if you’ve tried mine and how it worked for you – Comment below!