Life can be so stressful sometimes and this can take its toll on your skin. You can slow down these effects by doing a facial at home once or twice a month. Pick any night of the week and take out a few extra minutes for yourself.
These are the steps I take when doing a facial.
- CLEANSE: I wash my face.
- EXFOLIATE: Next, I apply my chemical peel. I use either lactic acid or glycolic acid. I prefer lactic acid though because it works better on dark-skinned people. I rinse this off after 5 minutes. You can make a homemade peel using apples, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, pawpaw (papaya), tomatoes, etc. [Read Homemade Chemical Peels]. On the other hand, you can use a facial scrub. I don’t recommend facial scrubs for people who are acne-prone because I feel that the grains can clog up your pores.
- STEAM: Afterwards, I steam my face for about 5-10 minutes. If you don’t have a facial sauna, simply put your face over a bucket of boiled water and cover the back of your head with a towel to trap the steam.
- MASK IT: I apply a facial mask. I like to use Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque or Proactiv Solution Refining Mask. They both have sulfur which is good for drying out acne. I leave on my mask for about 15 minutes.
- MOISTURIZE: It’s good to use a gentle moisturizer. After rinsing out the mask, I apply my night lotion, Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM.