Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thing #67: Do an at-home facial


A few months back, for my birthday, this is what my sister Fiona gave to me: a spa day in a box!  Isn’t that nice?  She also gave me ice-cream.  Even nicer.  But more on that later!

I set up a little spa day at home.  I ate a little ice-cream.  I gave myself an at-home facial.  I ate a little more ice-cream.  It felt good.  You should do it too.  Here’s how:

  • Remove all make-up using a gentle cleanser, like Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, and cotton wool.
  • Put a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil into a sink of boiling water.  I like lavender for bedtime or eucalyptus for a pick-me-up.  Steam your face for about 10 minutes. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Apply a face mask, avoiding the eye area and leave for the required time.  I used Avene Soothing Moisture Mask, but I also love Lush’s BB Seaweed and Mask of Magnaminty. Remove mask with warm water.
  • Close pores with a spray of thermal water, straight from the fridge (Avene, Evian or Vichy are all good)
  • I like to finish with a 5 minute facial massage using almond oil (as mentioned here).  If you have oily skin, you can massage in your usual moisturiser.

€5 was donated to Habitat for Humanity for the completion of this thing.  Click here to read about the cause and donate online.


Krystal said...

that sounds pretty brilliant to me!

ivy's closet said...

Great post! I so love lavender, too.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Thelma:
This all sounds so very good, especially the ice cream!

We are a little uncertain about the Mask of Magnaminty which rather sounds as if it should be part of some mysterious science fiction novel rather than a facial. Whatever, the Eucalyptus oil pick- me-up sounds just the ticket and we shall both give that a try!

We have found you via 'lovely things' and have so enjoyed the lovely things that you write about too. We shall return.

Carly said...

This sounds like a perfect day..the problem for that I don't have the self discipline to stay in the steam for 10 minutes to open my pores..the ONLY way I do if I pay to go and get a facial...sounds so much nicer in the privacy of your own home tho...and the mask sounds fabulous..I might be able to handle the mask part.

S said...

Great post! I really need a good care for my skin!

Alexa said...

I need a facial right about now. This sounds wonderful!

le sorelle said...

Wow that was so sweet of your sister! My sister's birthday is coming up and she would love something like this! Have you ever tried Evian misting spray? It's fantastic!

Thanks for visiting us, your blog is lovely!

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Nikki said...

I would go to the spa more if they served ice cream. Now that's an idea, quick- patent it!

sheila @ Elements said...

What a great idea! I would have never thought of a spa in a box. Your sister is very creative and has great taste! :)

Happy birthday! :)

Kavery said...

I use the Avene oil-free cleanser and love it. This looks very good

audrey marie said...

such a sweet gift!!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I really want to set up a little spa for me now. It sounds so relaxing and rejuvenating!

ChiccaStyle said...

WOW,she gave you one of the most beautiful present in the world for a woman!!!I would like to have one too!
Happy weekend!

amy b.s. said...

what a great gift! i'm going to have to drop some hints to my sister for my birthday.

SoapyMermaid said...

this sounds very agreeable. thanks for the pieces of advice.. gonna try it very soon. said...

oh i used to use this too! such cute pups! i reallly can't resist baby pugs!