Beauty 101: At Home Facials

 

Hi Dolls & Gents! As I was reading Allure’s June 2012 issue I thought it would be really cool to share the great beauty tips I came across (As you know, I enjoy sharing what I find interesting in magazines) Therefore, the next few posts will be dedicated to all things beauty, from facials to pedicures.  Hope you are as excited to read, as I am to share.
At- Home Facials

 

♥ A weekly facial prevents the clogged pores and dull skin that come from wearing, sweat, and sunscreen. Do it post-shower, when skin is still damp, for the best results.

 

♥ Exfoliate clean skin with a sugar scrub, like Fresh Sugar Face Polish. The crystals are gentle because they dissolve quickly. “Sugar is a natural humectant, so it hydrates, too,” says dermatologist Amy Wechsler. Skip this step if you use an acid or a retinoid daily.

 

♥ Smooth on an algae mask. Packed with antioxidants, “algae masks soften skin and boost circulation,” says oil-absorbing clay (try The Body Shop Seawood Ionic Clay Mask) others, like Origins Drink Up Mask, add emollients to moisturize dry skin.

 

♥ Extract blackheads. Don’t even think about using your fingers to dislodge a blackhead. Instead, hold two cotton swabs on either side of it in a V, then gently press down. If the plug doesn’t loosen, don’t force it. And don’t go near red, swollen zits; instead, cover them with layer of 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide cream followed by 1 percent hydrocortisone once a day for three days.

 

♥ Apply your nighttime treatment products and a rich moisturizer. Dermatologist Francesca Fusco suggests warming a dollop of your moisturizer in a microwave for a couple of seconds, applying it in a thick layer, and letting it sit for about five minutes to allow the ingredients to really penetrate. Tissue off the excess, then use small circular motions to massage in the remaining moisturizer.

 

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