Happy Monday, Dolls!
How was the weekend? Mine was restful and productive. No complaints here!
Anyhoo, yesterday I took a moment to give my skin a little TLC by giving myself a mini-facial. I first learned about mini-facials from Kitiya of Mischo Beauty, who is a licensed esthetician, cosmetologist and makeup artist. They are essentially weekly maintenance for your skin in between monthly professional facials
that I’ve been slacking on LOL. You can read her post here.
Today, I’m going to walk you guys through my take on the mini-facial. It’s a little bootleg (LOL) because I ran out of my serum and toner (doh!) but the basic steps are here. Also, don’t mind my unkempt brows (going to Thread this week!)
So, without further ado…
STEP 1: Cleanse
What I Used: Shu Uemura Oil Cleanser + Clarisonic Classic (both are must-haves!) and get my skin very clean without drying it out.
STEP 2: Steam
Bless you if you own a steam machine! I don’t so, I steamed the old-fashioned way. Steaming helps get those pores open.
What I Used: Dr. Haushcka Facial Steam Bath, which helps stimulate circulation, loosen blackheads and encourage skin detoxification.
I added some boiled water to hot tap water in my sink…
And threw a towel over my head for 5 minutes (man, it was hot in there!)
STEP 3: Exfoliate
I used an enzyme mask for this step. Light fruit acids are a wonder for the skin.
What I Used: E.L.F. Concealer Brush + June Jacobs Papaya Enzyme Masque deluxe sample (came with this month’s BirchBox)
This brush is so darn handy for applying facial masks…
Always remember your neck area when applying facial products!
STEP 4: Rinse + Dab Face Dry
My skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt! I dab in order to remove excess moisture, while leaving a light dewy layer of moisture.
STEP 5: Eye Crème
Applied to under eye area, eyelid and brow bone.
What I Used: Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. Peptides, hyaluronic acid and other goodies provide a nice bit of long-lasting moisture
STEP 5: Serum
As stated above, mine just finished (boo!) but this is the step where I would apply it. Be sure to get one for your specific skin concerns! In her Serums 101 post, Mischo Beauty says:
“A serum is simply a highly concentrated treatment of active ingredients used to penetrate and treat various skin conditions such as dehydration, stress, environmental damage, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues or loss of elasticity.”
STEP 6: Moisturize/Night Crème
Use a nourishing cream or facial oil to optimize overnight treatment of the skin.
What I Used: Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Healing Skin Cream. My skin loves oils! This one has a simple list of pronounceable ingredients, like olive oil and royal jelly, and can be used all over.
I take a gob and emulsify it in my hands before applying to my face…
STEP 7: Finished product!
There you have it. A peek into my Sunday Mini-Facial Routine/Home Spa Initiative (minus toner and serum). As always, let me know what you think.
Do you get monthly professional facials? Leave a comment and let me know!
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