I’ve been pretty quiet lately but my off-line life has been pretty interesting. I just moved into my new apartment this weekend, and I really like it (aside from no air conditioning…). I haven’t had much time to unwind or the quiet time, so this evening , I thought that I’d have some kimchi raman noodles with veggies and a facial.
One of my favourite ways to unwind is give myself an at-home facial. I’ve picked up some tips from my previous facials, and I try to mimic at home what works best. I’ve been using a lot of products from Pure and Simple for the last year and I love them. This might not work for everyone, but I’ve had really great results.
Cleanse with Oil Cleansing Method
I use a mixture of 25% jojoba oil with 75% castor oil (~$20) and massage the oil onto my dry face with clean, dry hands. I leave the oil on my face for about 10 – 15 minutes and then, I add a little more oil mixture to my fingers and massage further. The oil mixture not only removes all my make-up, but it also helps remove my blackheads. I can feel little blackheads pop out (with no squeezing!). Then, I run a towel under hot water and place it on my face (kind of like a steamer) and wipe away the oil mixture.
Sometimes, I use a physical exfoliant and others, I use a chemical exfoliant. I really like the LeNeige strawberry yogurt exfoliant mask, but that has been discontinued and replaced with something not so great. Now, I use the Pure + Simple Sensitive Skin Exfoliant and Face Mask ($21.95).
I dab my cheeks and my forehead, wet my fingers and then work the exfoliant all over my face and neck. I really like this physical exfoliant, as I find the particles are not too harsh on my skin, but exfoliate well.
When I have a bit more time, I usually prefer the chemical exfoliant over the physical one – but it’s a lot messier. My face always looks so radiant after this lactic acid mask made of equal parts sour cream and honey. You can also use yogurt, but I find it too runny for my liking. I like to use a blank paper mask to keep the stuff on my face – I’m not sure where to find them in Canada, but I bought a bunch when I was in Hong Kong.
I really like the Pure + Simple Purifying French Clay Mask ($19.95) to help with keeping my skin clear and help control the oil on my face. (I have very oily skin). I spread the clay mask around my eye area and all ove rmy face. Since the clay mask is more drying, I like to balance it out by layering with a…
I like to use the Pure + Simple Calming Cucumber Mask ($22.95) over the clay mask and in the more delicate area around my eye. I also like to use this mask on its own when my skin is feeling dry (but that doesn’t happen very often). One jar usually lasts me at least 6 months.
After I wash off my mask, I follow with my nightly regime.
I apply my Pure + Simple Algea Serum all over my face and neck, then I apply Differin Gel all over my face and neck, and then follow with the Black Mud Lotion.
Right before bed, I apply Vaseline to my lashes and eyelids, and a thin layer across my lips. I know you’re probably thinking – Petroleum Jelly?! But, I find my skin is always plump the next morning, with no break outs.
Do you like facials? What are you favourite products or mixtures to use at home?