Try a Fabulous Facial
For deep down cleansing and a definite
improvement in skin
tone, try an at-home facial. Just once
a month will make a
noticeable difference to your complexion.
Follow these steps
to re-create the benefits of the beauty
salon in the comfort
and privacy of your own home.
Smooth your skin with cleansing cream.
Leave on for 1-2minutes to give it time
to dissolve grime, oils and stale
make-up. Then gently smooth
away excess cream, with cotton
wool pads (cotton balls).
Dampen your skin with warm. water,
then gently massage in a blob of facial
scrub using your fingertips, avoiding
the delicate eye area. This will loosen
dead surface skin cells
and leave your skin softer and smoother.
It will also prepare your complexion for
the beneficial treatments to come. Rinse
with warm water.
Fill a. wash basin (sink) with boiling water.
Lean over the top, capturing the steam
with a towel draped over your
head. Stay there for five minutes and
then gently remove any blackheads
with tissue-covered fingers. If you
have sensitive skin, or broken veins,
you should avoid this step.
Smooth on a face mask. Choose a clay-based
one if you have oily skin, or a moisturizing one
if you have dry or normal skin. Leave on for five minutes, or
for as long as specified by the
instructions on the product.
Rinse away the face mask with warm. water. Finish off with a few splashes
of cool water to close your pores and freshen your skin, then pat dry with
Soak a cotton wool (cotton ball) pad with a skin toner lotion and smooth
over oily areas, such as the T-zone on the nose, chin and forehead.
Dot your skin with moisturizer and smooth it in. Take the opportunity
to massage your skin, as this encourages a brighter complexion and can
help reduce puffiness.
Smooth the sensitive eye area under your eyes with a soothing
eye cream to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and make the skin ultrasoft.
Simple Facial Exercises
If you want firmer facial skin,
and want to look years younger just follow these ten exercises every morning
and watch the age on your face fade away.
Face tapping - to get the circulation
Tap 20 times on each dot with
the pads of your middle fingers. From the bridge of your nose work out
along your eyebrows, then in round the top of your cheekbone. Tap up from
the sides of your mouth to each inner eye. Then out from the chin along
the jawline to each ear. Make sharp, light, very quick taps as if you are
testing a very hot iron.
Ear massage - to get your face
With index fingers and thumbs,
hold the top rim of your ears and pull upwards. Massage, making small circles
between fingers and thumb. Move down all round the rim of the ears, pulling
ears out gently and massaging. When you reach the lobes, pull them down
slightly and massage for about one minute. Repeat this sequence if you
have time. Then, with small, quick circular movements, massage all the
crevices and spirals of the ear. Use the surface of the nails of your index
fingers, or the pads of your middle fingers.
Throat massage - to beautify
Put the fingers of one hand
on one side of your throat and the thumb on the other. Make rapid circular
motions up and down the throat. Repeat with the other hand.
Gum stimulation - for glowing
With finger tips of knuckles,
make circles just above the jawline along the gums.
Under-chin slaps - to sharpen
Slap quickly and lightly under
your chin 30 times with the back of one hand.
Hair massage - to stimulate
hair growth and soothe headaches
With pads of your fingertips,
massage in small circles all along the front of your scalp for atleast
30 seconds. Then take large fistfuls of hair and gently pull upwards. Now
clench your hands into fists and lightly pound your scalp about 20 times.
Face Stroking - to soothe,
relax and generally uplift face and mind
Start with the flat of your
right hand against your chest and stroke up to your jawline, then immediately
follow with your left. Continue alternating like this for atleast ten strokes.
Next, immediately smooth
the palms and fingers of your hands over your face very, very lightly.
Start at the jawline, move up and over your cheeks and each side of your
nostrils, gently over the eyes and over the forehead to the hairline, then
back down the sides of your face to your jaw. Repeat five to ten times
in a continuous motion.
Now glide your middle fingers
towards the bridge of your nose, out along your eyebrow, down your cheekbones
and back to the bridge of your nose. Make ten of these light circular movements.
Then with your middle fingers
on the bridge of your nose, stroke up towards your forehead. Place all
fingers (not thumb) on your forehead and smooth outwards towards your temples;
hold for a moment, pressing down slightly. Continue lightly down the side
of your face, back along up from the bridge of your nose. Do this ten times.
Temple pressures - to lift
eye area and whole face.
Leaning back in a chair, place
the base of your palm or the pads of your fingertips against your temples
and push upwards. At the same time, suck your tongue against the top of
your mouth keeping your back teeth together. Hold this for a count of ten,
increasing to 20. Slowly release and relax.
Exercise your mouth - to
lift lip lines
Sit or stand, looking into the
mirror. Open your mouth quite wide, as if about to yawn. Pull in the sides
to form an oval. Now curve your lips over teeth. Then slowly to the count
of ten, close your lips until they are about 1.5cm (1/2in) apart. You will
feel an upward pull. Release very slowly.
Finish by closing your eyes
for a few moments, breathing deeply and gently and allowing yourself to
drift off into a peaceful place.