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Home Facials

Of our many and varied attempts to will the hands of time still, few are as nice as a facial. If you are like me you find that the luxurious types that happen at someone elseís soft, skilled hands are just too luxurious to afford more than a couple of times in a year. And yet the benefits are so scrumptious, and the delectable promise of cleaving to youth, nay, even recapturing the thing, is so intriguing that we almost have no choice but to muddle through on our own and slather up with all manner of promising goo. I believe the last time I actually walked through the doors of a day spa was a month before my triplets were born--coming up on five years now. While I cannot promise that youíll halt the aging fairy in her tracks if you use my method, I can say that when I keep on top of things my skin remains supple and well-hydrated, and lacks those irritating flake-like intruders that invade every winter.

The regimen below has evolved over several years, during which I swear Iíve Googled every variation of at-home facial, homemade beauty masks, and affordable skin care possible within the limits of the English language. Feel free to adapt my system according to your skinís needs and the ingredients you have available. But somehow I While you could get through the entire process in a half hour or so, I try to draw out the process, spending extra time in each step. I have a tendency to set my own needs aside in favor of my familyís (I know, this is totally uncharacteristic of moms in general and Mormon moms in particular), and I find that choosing a time when there is solitude and quiet forces me to slow down and pay attention to what my systemís requirements are. I have made this a part of my weekend routine and try to do it every Friday or Saturday evening in the winter months, but if I donít make it every week, at least once a month.

Though itís been a while since Iíve had someone else care for my skin, I recall the crucial facial elements as clearly as I remember what a full nightís sleep feels like.

These are:

  • Cleanse

  • Exfoliate

  • Steam

  • Mask

  • Massage

  • Moisturize

  • What You Need

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