A facial is a great way to relax and feel energized at the same time. Give yourself this homemade treat one lazy weekend afternoon, or anytime you can find some free time.
FIRST WASH YOUR FACE
The fist thing to do in preparation for your facial is to wash your face really well. Use whatever you usually use to clean your face. Although soap is not usually recommended for the face, you might want to use it just for the facial to get your skin sparkling clean. Rinse your face with cool water and dry well.
EGG ON YOUR FACE
Next, break an egg and separate the yolk and the white, saving the yolk for later use. Stir up the egg white and apply evenly and completely to your face. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until it feels tight and a bit uncomfortable. Rinse well with cool water. Dry your skin.
Step three is to apply a clay mask to your face. Buy some powdered cosmetic clay and mix it with a little water to make a moist paste. Apply the clay paste to your face evenly and completely, except for the skin around your eyes. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until all of the patches of wet clay are dry or it starts to feel uncomfortable. Rinse well with cool water. Dry your skin.
FEED YOUR FACE
Now your face will feel fresh and clean and it’s time to feed it. Stir up a little mixture of plain yogurt and honey and spread this lavishly on your face. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until you feel ready to wash it off. Rinse your skin well and dry afterwards.
For an extra beauty bonus, you can add massage to your facial experience. You can do it before or after your facial. Here are some suggestions for massaging your face.
Sit is a quiet place and breathe in and out several times.
Rub your palms together briskly for a few seconds and then place your palms over your closed eyes. Breathe in and out several times.
With your eyes still closed, press your index, middle and ring fingers gently but firmly on the bony edge of the upper eye socket. Move your fingers from the inside of the eye socket to the outside. Press the bone underneath the eyes with your fingers. Do both eyes at the same time.
With your thumb and index finger pinch the bridge of your nose and the corners of the eyes for about 10 seconds and then quickly pull your fingers away.
With the same fingers, rub the sides of your nose up and down several times until it becomes warm.
With the four fingers of both hands, massage the area between your nose and mouth in a circular motion. Move from the center and work outwards.
Place your thumbs underneath your cheekbones about a finger width away from the sides of your nose. Using a circular motion, massage these points for about a minute.
Using your thumbs, press deeply into your lower jaw from underneath your ear to below your chin, as if to make deep indentations.
Use your index, middle and ring finger to press around the ear several times.
Using the thumb and index finger, pull the ears upward from the top, outward from the sides, and downward from the lobe.
Use your palms to briskly strike the ears with a repeating back and forth motion about 10 or 20 times.
Cover your left ear with your right hand and with your first three fingers of your left hand, tap briskly on the back of your right hand. Tap in pairs and do about 10 pairs. Reverse hands and repeat on the right ear.
Use your index, middle and ring fingers of both hands to gently massage your temples.
Make a loose fist with both hands and lightly pound your entire head.
Use all of your fingers to vigorously massage your entire scalp with a back and forth motion.
Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She founded Mothering.com in 1995 and was its editor-in chief until 2012. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three.