Ahhhh Facial…

Ahhhhh….Oh! How I do love facials!  Pure indulgence!   Being on the receiving end of magic fingers is the ultimate experience, but your magical digits can work miracles for your skin, as well!

A professional facial is customized for you based upon your skin care needs and skin type. It will usually include a skin analysis, cleansing, steam, exfoliation, extractions, (if necessary) a customized masque depending on your individual needs, moisturizer, and a lip treatment.  Some include a relaxing massage of your face, scalp, shoulders, hands and arms. And! there are a variety of facials available, too. The type of facial you obtain based on your skin analysis may be to brighten, lighten, firm, anti-ageing or to clear problematic skin. It may also include a peel or a microderm, too. Facials can target sun damage, wrinkles, oily and congested skin, again depending on your skin’s needs.

As a regular Nordstrom shopper, up until a few years ago I did not know that many stores actually have in-store beauty rooms where you can actually receive a spa facial while you’re out shopping. This is now one of my favorite places to get a quick facial pick me up, because not only to I get to receive a fabulous facial, I leave the facial room, pick a makeup spot and try new products with a make-up artist. (So I can share them with you!)

Okay, so, you don’t have the funds or the time and can’t schedule a professional facial?  Don’t let that stop you from self-indulgence just start giving yourself a facial at home.  I try to do them every other week and, I promise you, it will be the best 20 minutes you do for yourself and your skin.

Clarisonic.  I use it every day to cleanse my face because of the benefits that this machine offers.  It cleanses yet, deeply removes other build up that simply washing your face with a cloth doesn’t accomplish. Following a good cleanse I use a light peel pad (Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads are my fave), along with an Alpha Beta Glow Pad, which is an exfoliating self-tanner with anti-aging properties and vitamin D.  Regardless of your skin color these glow pads add radiance and will provide a healthy glow to your skin year-round.  Next, apply your favorite serums to face, eyes, neck and décolleté. I usually allow about 2 minutes for the serums to penetrate and then apply my moisturizer and other specialty creams.  You can spend as much time as you desire on your home facials.  Whether it’s 15 minutes or longer you can improve your skin with this weekly ritual.

In addition to a wonderful pampering treat, facials are the key to healthy skin. I was told several years ago that to maintain a radiant healthy glow, you should try to fit in two facials per month. If you follow these simple steps, you will be amazed with the results you can achieve at home.

Continue the evening by enjoying a nice Cab or Chardonnay and the glow of beautifully scented candle afterwards! You are welcome!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

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