Complete Steps Of A Facial
Every Facial follows some basic steps such as cleansing, steaming, massaging, applying a face pack or mask, toning, moisturizing and finally an facelifting massage. The products used may differ from person to person depending upon your skin type and also upon the type of facial you wish to have. These basic steps of a complete facial are:
The first step is cleansing. Your beautician will apply a cleanser to your damp face and starting at the base of the throat work her way upwards and spread the cleanser. Then in a similar fashion the cleanser will be wiped away with a cotton pad. This will remove the oil, grime and makeup. For cleansing details click here.
2.Steaming: A weekly heat treatment suits most skin types, though once a month is enough for dry and mature skins. Damp heat opens the pores, encourages sweat to fluch out ingrained dirt and brings oxygen-rich blood to renew the skin. You may choose to put oil on your skin first, since the heat helps oil penetrate more deeply. But don't leave cleansing oil on, or you'll be drawing dirt back into the skin.
A.Herbal Steam: Sit with your head forward over a bowl of hot, herb-infused water, draped in a towel to stop the steam escaping, for about 5 minutes. Stop immediately if you feel dizzy or overheated.
B.Herbal Compress: Soak several face cloths in hot, herb-infused water, and wring out. Sitting with your head back and supported, put the cloths over your face and relax for 5 minutes. As the cloths cool down, wring them out in the hot water again.
C.Herbal Bath: Infuse a bag of herbs in your bath and let the heat open your pores.
Finish by patting your face with a clean cloth wrung out in cool water. For more information on steaming click here.
3.Exfoliation: The next step is exfoliation or facial scrubbing. This method extracts the dirt particles from the open pores ( pores are opened through steam treatment) and also blackheads and whiteheads are removed.It is a simple method that whisks away dead cells from the surface of your skin, revealing the plumper, younger looking skin underneath. It also encourages your skin to speed up cell production, which means that the cells that reach the surface are younger and better-looking. The result is a brighter, smoother complexion - no matter what your age or skin type. For more details on exfoliation click here.
4.Facepack Or Mask: Few treatments give your skin such a quick lift as a facepack. These simple treatments, based on fruit or vegetables, can be left on for upto an hour, while you can have a massage or meditate( you maybe lying down if the mask is runny; try the Corpse Yoga pose). A mask is a stronger version of a facepack, using a powder such as flour or clay to penetrate the pores more deeply. It should be left on for 10-15 minutes.
To remove the facepack or mask, dab it with water (for oily skin) or milk (for dry skin) to soften it, then gently massage and rinse the mix off your skin. For more details on facepacks and masks click here.
5.Toning: Remove any residues and soothe the skin with a splash of cool flower water or, for oily skin, witch hazel and flower water. Skin that is very oily or has darker patches can be rubbed with a slice of lemon and left for a few minutes before rinsing off. For more details on Toning click here.
6.Moisturizing: Moisturize the skin with a good massage. You may use cream or oil based noisturizers for the massage or may use a light moisturizer. For more information on moisturizing click here. For more details on Massaging click here.