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Seven Step Home Facial

February 14, 2010

Practiced weekly - monthly, this facial care program will revitalize a dull complexion, firm sagging skin, smooth wrinkles, help repair stressed or blemished skin, and minimize the appearance of pores. 1. CLEANSE Clean your skin with an appropriate cleanser. Use only gentle exfoliation at this time; no scruffing. Remove cleanser with a wet face cloth.  Rinse well. 2. HERBAL STEAM (Optional) Herbal steams are multi-purposes.  They soften surface cells and open pores which allow greater penetration of subsequent treatments.  Herbal essences carried into the skin through the vapor improve cellular metabolism,  increase microcirculation, and balance surface oils. Directions:  .   *CAUTION: ALWAYS test the heat level before steaming.  If the vapor is uncomfortably hot, allow the mixture to cool more. DO NOT BURN YOUR SKIN. A.    Place a handful of herbs appropriate for your skin type into a bowl and pour at least two quarts of hot to boiling water over the herbs. Let the herbs steep for a few seconds. Alternatively, instead of herbs, add a few drops of appropriate essential oils to the water. Swirl gently, letting it cool.  TEST THE HEAT LEVEL. Lean your face over the warm water bowl and drape a towel over your head, forming a tent to capture the vapors. B.    Relax and allow the vapor to rise onto your face. Blemished skin should be held farther away from the bowl. Thick or oily skin can be held closer to the vapor. C.    Remove the tent after 3-10 minutes. 3. FACIAL MASSAGE. This is an important step to reduce wrinkles and tighten sagging skin. Apply a small amount of facial oil* to the palm of your hand, rub hands together to warm the oil, and begin to massage using a gentle but firm touch. Start at the base of the neck and move up your throat in a sweeping motion to your chin and to the backs of your ears. From the corners of your nose, sweep under your cheekbones and up to your temples. Place four fingers of each hand vertically in the middle of your forehead and sweep to the sides and up to your hairline. Continue around your ears to the back of your neck, then down over your neck and shoulders.  Repeat these motions for several minutes. *Rosehip Serum, Carrot Repair Serum, Night Line Relief Serum, and Rice & OLIVES Serum are excellent for normal or maturing skin. Spot Remover mixed with Carrot Repair Serum or Rice & OLIVES Serum is excellent for oily or blemished skin. 4. MASQUE. Apply a masque appropriate for your skin. • Clay minerals are nature’s gift to revitalize skin and, along with other active ingredients, accelerate oxidation and circulation and stimulate the defensive functions of your skin. Masques are one of the most effective means of decreasing pore size, cleaning out blackheads, and smoothing fine lines. . Sagging skin can be firmed and smoothed. 5. TONE Generously apply a toning facial rinse to your freshly cleaned skin. Use the toner on a pad to clear the skin of any trace of the masque. Toners also soften and emulsify deposits and blackheads in the follicles, and allow them to be wiped away. 6. TREATMENT SERUMS and CREAMS Your skin will have maximum absorbency at this point so wisely choose appropriate treatments  for your skin type and needs.  Allow the potions absorb for a  few minutes.  Gently massage into your skin.  A second application may be useful for very dry skin. 7. HYDRATE with HEALING WATERS Hydrosols are the perfect gentle finish.  Close your eyes and spray a fine mist on your skin. Enjoy incredible softness, healing, and hydration. Rosewater is nature’s moisturizer  for mature and all skin types. Orange Blossom calms inflammation (and anxiety) and is especially useful for oily and/or blemished skin. Yarrow is antiseptic, antibacterial to help acne; relieves itching and redness; styptic to decrease bleeding from razor cuts. Lavender is regenerative, anti-inflammatory, and relieves burns, rashes, itching, irritations, and ingrown hairs. Pomegranate Hydrating Mist is a skin nourishing blend of hydrosols and herbal extracts to nourish and repair all types of skin.  Promotes a smooth, clear complexion. Everlasting is antiseptic, healing, anti-inflammatory, and soothing. And finally, always remember that happiness and inner peace are just as important for enhancing your appearance as the most expensive beauty aids.

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