A Fragrant Facial

The cold temperatures and wind of winter take a toll on my skin, making my complexion dull and dry.  To treat myself to a complete facial seems like such a luxury, but in reality it is a necessity!  Not only does a weekly facial help my poor dry skin but it also gives me a fragrant, relaxing, and stress reducing 30 minutes.  I will outline the steps I take when doing a fragrant facial. At the end of the directions I will provide partial lists of essential oils you can use to tailor your fragrant facial for your specific needs.

  1. Gently wash your face.  For the cleanser, I use a blend of one part castile soap to three parts distilled water.  I put the soap and water into a six ounce foam pump bottle.  Using tepid to warm water I gently massage one pump of the soap mixture onto my face.  I then rinse my face with tepid, not hot water, several times and pat dry.
  2. Steam with essential oils. For this step I warm approximately four cups of water in my teapot.  I do not get the water to the boiling point, just to the point where steam begins to rise.  Please, be very careful to not get the water too hot!  Using water that is too hot can result in facial burns.  Sometimes using hot water straight from the tap is sufficient.  In a large glass bowl I add two drops of essential oil, and then add the steaming water.  I cover my head with a large towel, bend over the steaming bowl of water, and allow the essential oils and steam to do their magic.  I steam my face for five minutes, which is a beautiful time to mediate and savor the aroma of the essential oil. Steaming should be relaxing, so try to banish all thoughts of what you “should” be doing.  This time is for you!
  3. Exfoliate.  There are many times when I don’t use an exfoliant; however, when my face is so dry and flaky, due to the dry cold weather, I will exfoliate twice a month.  I use two Tablespoons dry, finely ground oatmeal and enough olive oil (Olea europaea) to make a paste.  I then gently massage the mixture onto my face for a few minutes.  The oatmeal is a soothing means of ridding your face of dry flakes, and the olive oil helps combat the effects of the environment by providing antioxidants.  After a slow, gentle massage, I use tepid water to rinse the exfoliant from my face.
  4. Clay mask. Applying a clay mask, and allowing it to dry, is another time during a facial when you can sit back, sip a cup of herbal tea, and relax.  I make a paste using two Tablespoons French green clay, two Tablespoons chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) hydrosol, one drop Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) essential oil, and one drop neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) essential oil.  Once the mask has fully dried and become somewhat flaky, I gently wash it off with tepid water.  After all evidence of the mask has been removed I gently pat my face dry.
  5. Moisturize.  I can’t stress enough how important a facial moisturizer is, especially during the harsh winter weather.  I slather the moisturizer onto my face quite liberally, and gently massage it in.  Don’t forget to moisturize your neck!  I make my own facial moisturizer, but you may purchase a quality natural moisturizer. If you purchase an unscented moisturizer you can add two to three drops of essential oil to one ounce of moisturizer before applying it to your face.

Your fragrant facial is now complete!  By following these steps you can rejuvenate your complexion and reap the benefits of a fragrant relaxing experience.

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

◦Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)                       ◦Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

◦Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)                  ◦Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

◦Rose (Rosa damascena)                                      ◦Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

Essential Oils for Mature Skin

◦Myrtle (Myrtus communis)                                  ◦ Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)

◦Carrot seed (Daucus carota)                               ◦Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

◦ Rose (Rosa damascena)                                     ◦ Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

◦Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)                 ◦Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

Essential Oils for Acne

◦Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)                          ◦Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

◦Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)*                             ◦Juniper (Juniperus communis)

◦Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)                      ◦Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

◦Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)                                     ◦Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

◦Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)*                               ◦Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

◦Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)                          ◦Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

◦Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)*                             ◦Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

◦Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)                                     ◦Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

◦Lemon (Citrus limon)*                                        ◦Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Essential Oils for Sensitive Skin

◦Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)                     ◦Carrot seed (Daucus carota)

◦Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)                    ◦Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)

◦ Rose (Rosa damascena)                                     ◦Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

*Citrus oils are known to be photosensitizing, meaning they amplify the effects of UV light.  Do not use if you are planning on being exposed to sunlight, tanning beds, or sun lamps.

The information provided is for educational purposes, and it is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider.  This information is not meant for diagnosis of health issues.  If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils.  If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.   

Enjoy Fragrant Blessings and Facials!

✿´´¯`•.¸¸ Haly JensenHof, MA, RA ¸¸.•´¯`´✿

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