Beauty basics with SHAHNAZ HUSAIN
Is the stress starting to show on your face? Is your skin losing its radiant and texture due to age, pollution and hectic lifestyle? Is the dull skin making you worried?
The professional facials are fantastic and a decent way to get back glowing skin but that is a costly affair. Facials are an essential key to healthy, glowing and rejuvenated skin but most of beauty products are packed with substances and synthetic ingredients which will go on to have negative long-term effects. You can get smooth and radiant skin in the comfort of your home without spending money.
It’s a good idea to keep one day in a week to give yourself a home facial. It helps to keep the skin in a good condition and also counteract the effects of pollution and dirt, which are present in the air in most cities. It helps to refresh the skin and rejuvenate it after a week of stress, strain and fatigue.
First, take a head band or scarf, place it just above the forehead along the hairline and tie it at the back just above the neck. This is to protect the hair.
Start by cleansing the skin thoroughly. Choose the cleanser according to skin type — gel/cream cleanser for normal to dry skin; cleansing milk or lotion for normal to oily and combination skins. Apply it on the face. Take cotton wool pads, wet them and squeeze out the water. Using these, wipe your skin with upwards and outwards strokes. On the forehead, use strokes from just above the bridge of the nose, going on either side towards the temples, following a gentle arc. Pay special attention to the corners of the nostrils and don’t forget the neck area. Wash the face with plenty of water.
While the face is still damp, apply a facial scrub for deep pore cleansing. This is particularly good for oily skins and blackheads. However, if you have spots, pimples, acne, rashes or any eruptions, avoid using a scrub. Facial scrubs are easily available nowadays. You can also use home ingredients, like almond meal, oats or rice flour. Add a little rose water, or yogurt and apply on the skin. Rub the skin gently with it and wash the face with plain water.
If you have a normal to dry skin, nourishing should come next. Apply the nourishing cream, wet your hands with water and massage the cream into the skin, using outwards and upwards strokes. Use extremely gentle strokes for the area around the eyes, using only your ring finger. The motion should be outwards and care should be taken to see that the skin is not pulled or stretched.
For the neck, use strokes from the chin downwards. Continue the massage for three to four minutes and wipe your skin with damp cotton wool or a clean, moist face towel. Avoid applying cream if the skin is oily, but nourish the neck area.
Next, apply a face mask. Mix together two teaspoons of choker (wheat bran), one teaspoon each of ground almonds, rose water, curd and honey into a paste. This is suitable for all skin types. Apply this on the face, leaving out lips and area around the eyes. Take two cotton wool pads and soak them in rosewater, for eye pads. While the mask dries, lie down, close your eyes and put the eye pads on the eyelids. Allow your body to relax. This kind of relaxation is a beauty treatment in itself.
After 20 to 30 minutes, wash off the face mask with water. Next, soak cotton wool pads with chilled rosewater and wipe the skin with it. Stroke the skin too, with the rose water pads and pat your skin briskly with it. This helps to tone the skin, close the pores and add a healthy glow.
Precaution doing facial
Don’t wash your face that night. Your skin needs a chance to relax. Your facial will have left it quite clean, so there’s no need to wash your face before bedtime.
Do not apply makeup immediately after treating your skin to a facial. Give your skin moderate time to breathe.
Give facial every week using skin-friendly organic products to improve your skin texture. The synthetic products may damage your skin.
Make advance preparations and keep all ingredients ready before starting your facial to complete all steps efficiently.
Keep yourself tension-free in quiet and calm atmosphere to achieve best results
Stay out of the sun. The new skin cells exposed by your facial are sensitive. Give them a few days out of the sun and, if you have to go out, use a high SPF sunscreen. Use umbrella while going out of home to avoid direct sunlight.
Avoid any gradients which do not suit your skin type and in case you feel discomfort with any ingredient then rinse it off immediately and cleanse your face.
Drink plenty of water/soup or juices to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated.
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