I have noticed a big “self-care” movement happening in the last few years. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older and understanding the importance of this more and more. As our lives busy up with work, friends, family, etc. it’s important that we don’t forget about taking care of ourselves once in a while. Because you know what? We deserve it. Next time you find yourself with a spare moment (I know it can be a rarity for some), think about doing something truly beneficial for no one else except you.
One of my favourite self-care rituals is to do a facial. However, sometimes my schedule (and/or budget) does not agree. But with just a few products from my favorite skin care brand, I can actually do one at home! The best part is it requires no professional training and once you have the products it costs $0.00.
Here’s how I do my at home Organic Nation Facial:
Step 1: Cleanse with the Citrus Foaming Cleanser
I like to remove my makeup prior to cleansing. This way the bulk of it is already off my face and the cleanser will take care of any residue I may have missed. Next, I wet my face and neck with warm water and massage 1-2 pumps of the Citrus Foaming Cleanser all over, making sure I do a nice, thorough clean. This soothing and refreshing cleanser is recommended for all skin types and leaves a soft touch without that drying feeling.
Step 2: Exfoliate with the Black Rice Scrub
With my face still slightly damp from rinsing the cleanser, I then apply a dime size amount of the Black Rice Scrub. This scrub is designed to smooth, exfoliate and resurface the skin. I like to move the scrub around my face and neck for a solid few minutes to help increase blood flow. The active ingredients such as organic Aloe Vera, black rice, activated bamboo charcoal, Gingko and Ginseng all work together to deliver amazing benefits to the skin.
Step 3: Hydrate with the More than Rose Hydration Mist
After gently patting my face dry, I spritz a few times with the incredibly refreshing More than Rose Hydration Mist. The aroma of Damask Rose is intoxicating and it adds an extra step of hydration. I not only use this product every day after cleansing but I love spraying it throughout the day for a cooling pick-me-up.
Step 4: Masque with the Detoxifying Clay Whip
My favourite part about this facial is looking like I just emerged from a bath full of green paint! In all seriousness, this masque feels absolutely amazing on the skin and always leaves me glowing the next day. I personally like to apply it with a brush, but if you don’t have one handy feel free to spread it with your fingers into a nice even layer all over the face and neck. I leave this to sit for about 15 minutes. This is a great time to sip a cup of tea, read, scroll through Instagram or anything else you find relaxing. After the 15 minutes I wet a cloth with warm water to remove it.
Step 5: Supplement and Support with a Serum
I have been using (and loving!) Skinfood4 serum but there are 3 others to choose from depending on your skin type and skin convers. One pump of this vitamin packed serum is enough to cover my whole face. If you have a favorite eye cream this is a great time to apply it as well!
Step 6: Ultimate Hydration with the Rescue Gel
Because my skin is oily, I top off this facial with the Hydration Rescue Gel. It’s oil-free and lightweight while still using active ingredients like Calendula and Comfrey to help reduce the effects of ageing, sun damage, redness, inflammation and dryness. The gel texture feels extremely soothing and a soft plumping action provides a natural lift to the skin.
So there you have it! Six steps of luxury that can be done in 30 minutes or less. Taking this time for myself and doing something I know if beneficial for my skin leaves me feeling like I’m floating on a cloud for the rest of the day.
By Laura Findlay