This time of year, between working out and enduring the winter elements, my skin quickly becomes in dire need of a little TLC. Since getting married, my husband has encouraged me to create and stick to a budget. I’m not sure what that is, but I’ll need to find out ASAP in order to keep the marital peace. That being said, my monthly facial didn’t exactly make it into the said budget’s bottom line, which is actually okay because I’ve developed an at-home system that luxuriates and brings me back to life.
- Cleanse: Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a gentle facial cleanser. Not all good products have to be expensive products. My favorite cleanser is Simple, found at Target, Walgreens, Mariano’s, Osco, etc. Paired with a Clarisonic, you’re left with a blank canvas.
- Exfoliate: Using your fingers, gently rub a facial scrub in small motions all over your face. My skin is super sensitive so I only do this once or twice a week.
- Steam: If you don’t have an at-home steamer, get one. F*ck your budget! I let the steam pour over my face and neck for 10 minutes of pure bliss. It’s also amazing to help clear out sinuses or sinus pressure when you have a nasty head cold. Double the use, amortize that!
- Mask: My skin is oily, so I use a hardening or clay mask. If your skin is dry, go for a hydrating cream or gel mask. I also use this time to dual path a soothing eye cream to avoid being a bag lady. Leave both on as directed and gently remove with warm water and a wash cloth.
- Tone: Combat uneven tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles and enlarged pores. The milky lotion neutralizes the toner itself to get the same effects of a peel without any recovery time! Again, once a week is plenty for this product.Any more and you could over dry your skin which would be no bueno.
- Moisturize: Last by not least, smooth a nice, thick moisturizer over your face and neck.
Remember, the more water you drink, the more exercise you get, the cleaner you eat and the more you sleep…the better your skin will be. Treat yourself…when your budget allows.