Stay Home Stay Safe Facial

by Carmen Kubista

Stay Home Stay Safe Facial

If you're anything like me, you could use a little TLC about now. I truly wish our salon and spa friends could be open right now, for their sake and mine.

Until then, here's an easy DIY facial that doesn't require anything more than what's already in your pantry and bathroom cabinets. So gather a few supplies, maybe pour a glass of wine, put on some relaxing music, take a deep breath and let's do this:

1. Cleanse

Using a non-drying cleanser, gently wash your face. This is a good time to give your skin a little massage, working in circles from the center of your face to the hairline. Massage not only deeply cleans your skin, but also reduces puffiness and activates glow by stimulating circulation.

2. Exfoliate

If you don't have a gentle exfoliant at home, grab some brown sugar and olive oil. Sugar works great as an exfoliant because it naturally contains glycolic acid (helps resurface skin, even skin tone, and reduce wrinkles) and sugar is considered a humectant, meaning it helps your skin retain moisture. I like brown sugar best because it's not as abrasive as granulated or raw sugar. Again, massage skin in circles, but be very gentle. If you feel like you're not scrubbing hard enough, it's probably just right. Rinse.

3. Steam

Take your sweet time in the shower. Turn the water warmer to create more steam, but avoid getting super hot water on your skin (it will dry it out).

TIP: If I'm short on time, sometimes I like to short circuit these first 3 steps by adding the brown sugar to my cleanser in the shower.

4. Treat

Immediately after your shower or steam, apply serum or treatment. When your skin is freshly cleansed and steamed, it's in a perfect state to accept and deeply absorb your serum.

5. Moisturize

Finally, apply a moisturizer over the top of your serum to lock in the moisture and protect the outer layers of your skin.

Stay well, friends!

Love, Carmen



Carmen Kubista
Carmen Kubista

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