How to Perform Facial Treatments

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A facial is designed to keep skin healthy and nourished and is a relaxing spa treatment. However, a professional facial often costs quite a bit. Thankfully, you can create a professional facial treatment at home with all the skin benefits without the big price tag. In fact, a weekly do-it-yourself facial keeps skin soft and hydrated and can delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Look for a product designed for your skin type to cleanse your face. Place a pea-size amount of a gentle cleanser in the palm of your hands. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a washcloth. Make sure to wash off any makeup or products you put on your skin. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

Use an exfoliator to clear dead skin from the surface of your face. Rub the cream or gel-based exfoliant gently in circles all over your face and neck, and then rinse it off.

Steam your face to open pores and make skin softer. You can do this by filling the bathroom sink with hot water and leaning over it with a towel over your head. Stay there for 2 or 3 minutes. Another way to steam is to place a washcloth in the hot water and then lay it across your face for several minutes. A professional facialist will often remove blackheads or pop pimples during this step. If you choose to do this, be sure your hands are clean to prevent clogged pores.

Choose a facial mask that is designed for your skin type and apply it on your face, avoiding your eye area. Leave the mask in place according to product directions, usually 10 to 20 minutes. When time is up, rinse the mask off well with water, and dry your face.

Moisturize to finish the facial and keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Use a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to prevent sun damage. Gently rub the lotion all over your face and neck.