Though wearing masks during the pandemic has been essential for preserving our health, many have noticed that their skin has taken a toll. “Maskne,” as it’s been coined, is the result of acne caused by clogged pores. This happens when oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria build up in the area covered by a mask.
Even if you’re not a maskne sufferer, stress also has a negative effect on your skin… and I think we can all agree that the pandemic has added more than its fair share of stress to our lives.
On top of these challenges, services from beauty care professionals are harder to come by these days. It’s time to bring back home remedies! We’ve compiled some at-home facial tips to give your skin (and confidence) a boost, helping you to feel rejuvenated once again.
1. Start Simple
Just like anything, if it’s too complicated, chances are you won’t follow through. Plus, the last thing you want is a stressful self-care routine…
Stick to a few simple steps and limit your ingredients. You can even start by slowing down your existing daily skincare routine, allowing the products time to absorb into your skin.
Get creative with our B Green Mud Mask, customizing it to fit your skin type! Add honey or yogurt for oily/acne prone skin, avocado for dry skin, and mango for mature skin. Use a tablespoon of the mask blended with the ingredients of your choice, gently apply it, and leave it on your skin for 20-30 minutes. Wash it off with our Tamanu Luxury Cleanser and finish with Citrine Complete or one of our great antioxidant serums for added benefits
See our Tip #4 for facial massage techniques to enhance your self care routine.
2. Utilize ancient ingredients
Before there were licensed aestheticians and the beauty industry boom, people have harnessed the power of natural ingredients for ages in order to heal their skin. The origins of skincare reach back as far as the age of Cleaopatra, who was said to have bathed daily in black cumin seed oil.
For deep detox and pore cleansing, try your own ancient healing bath. Add essential oils, flowers, and Epsom salts, relaxing as the warm water gently opens your pores to release toxins. I think you’ll experience more than a detox; intentional self-care renews the spirit in powerful ways.
3. Focus on hydration
Even if you wouldn’t consider your skin dry, hydration is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Want to decrease fine lines and prevent wrinkles? Hydrate. Want to calm aggravated skin? Hydrate. Want to increase absorption of your yummy organic products instead of washing them down the drain? Hydrate.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients out there to increase the skin’s capacity to hold water in the cells. You can read more Hyaluronic acid on our blog, and enjoy its benefits in our Peptide Booster Serum and Carrot Facial Dream Cream.
4. Add a massage
What would a facial be without a relaxing massage? Not only does touch bring a sense of calm to our nervous system, but it increases blood flow, promoting the regeneration of cells.
Grab some Eco Body Lotion or B Soothed and massage in small circular motions up and out, tapping along your cheekbones with your fingertips. Avoid pulling or stretching the skin around your eyes. Use your thumbs to press along the tops of your eyebrows, massage along your jaw, and don’t forget to massage the back of your neck along your occipital bone at the base of your skull. Remember, keep it simple: a 2-3 minute massage can do wonders.
5. Consider consistency
Although you may think of a facial or a massage as a special treat, there’s no need to save it for a special occasion. Making self-care simple and inexpensive builds the foundation for consistency. After all, what holds you back from taking care of yourself once it’s easy and cost-effective?
You can begin to incorporate these steps into your routine to rejuvenate in the morning and bring extra relaxation in the evening. Try an at-home facial for yourself today, and let us know how it goes!