The Silly Season is upon us and in the midst of all the heel-kicking-upping, some of us forget to look after ourselves. A salon facial at this time of the year is very nice thankyou very much, but who can afford the necessary two hours to lie still?
So just on the topic of looking after ourselves, I thought I'd post my Mums old method for a home grown facial. This costs virtually nothing, can be done at home in about 30 minutes, and is a great pick-me-up when one has....ahem...overindulged.
Your usual facial cleanser
1 large bowl filled with boiling water, and a kettle of boiling water ready to top the bowl up for the second stage of your 'facial'.
1 handful fresh herbs or the contents of a couple of herbal teabags....any kind
Cheap thick moisturiser, whether your favourite facial cream or a cheapo like Sorbolene OR mash an avocado or some berries or mix some oatmeal with milk (not rolled oats....too messy) and use that.
The Oatmeal is particularly good for problem skin.
A face washer, moistened well and put in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator to chill.
A second face washer, wet well, and wrung out, set close by your bowl.
Cleanse your face well.
Spread one towel on the table, and set the bowl on it.
Fill it about halfway with the boiling water, and add the fresh herbs or contents of the teabags...just rip them open.
Put on some gentle music, and sit with your clean face over the steaming bowl, draping your head with the other towel to create a kind of 'tent' to contain the steam.
Sit there for as long as you can stand it, and allow the steam to soften your skin.
Remove the towel, and set it aside for a moment.
Use the wet facecloth to gently mop your face of impurities.
Slather your face well with the moisturiser, or the oats or whatever.
Resume the steaming for another few minutes, then dunk the facewasher you've just used, into the water, wring it out (careful the water may still be quite hot) and use that to remove the cream or other stuff, from your face.
Then use the chilled washer to plop on your face as you lie down for a second to cool off.
Use your usual moisturiser to finish, and you're done :)
Go on....tell me you don't love it!