Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to: DIY At Home Facial For Him

When it comes to Skincare I believe the ladies have the upper hand, men for the most part do not partake in extensive morning and night time rituals.  If you're husband/male significant other is anything like mine he will not go get a facial or use the army of products I get him.  So every once in a while I'll give him a facial at home. 

I thought I would share a step by step guide to a DIY at home facial.  Pamper your significant other and introduce some necessary skincare.  Don't feel like you need to go out and purchase new products, this is meant to be simple and you can use some basic things you may already have.  I'll mention some products to give you some options.

What you will need:
1. A willing participant. =)
2. 2 clean wash cloths and 1 hand towel.
3. 2 cotton rounds.
4.Cleansing Face wipes.
5. Cleanser/Exfoliating Wash.
6. Masque.
7. Toner.
8. Moisturizer.

Let's get started:
-Set your products next to you on a stool or TV tray, so they'll be easy to reach.  

-Roll up the 2 wash cloths and get them wet, wring out excess water. Put them in a microwave safe bowl and place bowl next to the microwave but do not put them in yet.

-Lay out the hand towel over the arm rest, so you won't accidentally get any product on your furniture. 

-You don't need a fancy facial bed use what you have, have him lay down on the couch with his head on the arm rest. To make it more comfortable roll up a bath towel and place it under his neck.

-Dampen the 2 cotton rounds with cool water and wring out excess.  Place one over each eye to protect eyes from products.

-Wash your hands thoroughly.

-Reach for a facial wipe and pre-cleanse the skin by going over the entire face including neck.

-Begin by placing about a quarter size amount of your Exfoliating Cleanser in the palm of your hand. Start by applying the product to the neck and working your way up to the forehead.  Application strokes should be with downward motions.  You don't want to apply product with upward motions due to the hair growth on their face it will not feel so pleasant to either of you. Work in the product for about a minute or two. Concentrating on areas like under the chin and corners of the nose.  Many men get ingrown hairs under the chin because of shaving. Cleaning/Exfoliating that area will help slough off dead skin in that area allowing the inflammation to go down and the hair to come out.

-Put the bowl in the microwave in 10 second intervals (but no more than 30 seconds) until the wash cloth is nice and warm NOT HOT.

-Take one wash cloth and fold it in half, the long way and wave it for a few seconds so its warm but comfortable. Hold it at each end and place the middle of the wash cloth at the chin having the to ends meet at the forehead. Leave it over face and press down with your hands over chin, cheeks and forehead then use wash cloth to remove cleanser.

-Use your alcohol-free toner and spritz over face.

-Squeeze a quarter size amount of masque into the palm of your hands and apply product in the same fashion as the cleanser.  Careful not to put any product over a beard or mustache.  It will be difficult to remove, and you'll just waste product since it will not be able to get to the skin through the dense hair.
Leave masque on for about 10 minutes.

-While you wait to remove masque you can get some massage cream or oil (if you have it available) and give him a shoulder massage.

-Spritz some toner over masque and reach for your second washcloth. Place warm washcloth (reheat for about 10 seconds if needed) over face. Let sit for a little under a minute on face while you press down gently, helping to break down masque.  Start to remove masque begin at forehead and work your way down the face. Make sure you gently wipe off any residue.

-Spritz toner on face once more. Be generous with the toner.

-Apply Moisturizer. Start with the neck work your way up. Make sure you are using downward strokes.

-Remove cotton rounds and you're done.

* Optional steps to make it extra special: Turn down the lights a little (make sure you can still see). Light some candles. Wrap him in a warm blanket.

These are the products I use because it's what I have.  

1.Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.  It is a 2 in 1, oil-free exfoliating cleanser.  I like because it eliminates a step which is great to use on guys and for them to use.  Cleans skin and removes dead skin cells without leaving your skin feeling dry.

2.Eminence Citrus Exfoliating Wash.  A 2 in 1, Organic gel exfoliating cleanser for normal to oily skin. 

3.Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub. 2 in 1 exfoliating cleanser gently enough for everyday use. From their men's shave line.

4.Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. Clay masque helps draw out impurities and excess oil.  Dries out blemishes, helps remove blackheads and refine pores. I really like this masque! Easily found at various drugstores for under $5. You get a lot of product with great results.

5.John Masters Organics French Green Clay & Green Tea Purifying Mask. Clay mask that balances skin, draws out impurities, and protects skin from free radical among other things. This mask is no longer available but there are others just like it.

6.John Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist for Skin and Hair.  Alcohol-free toner with lavender safe to be sprayed directly to face and scalp. Great for a mans skin since lavender is anti-inflammatory and very soothing. 

7.Dermalogica Post-Shave Balm. Moisturizes the skin while at the same time cooling the skin.  It helps a great deal with ingrown hairs. 

8.Dermalogica Skin Purifying Wipes. Cleansing wipes that helps purify skin and remove excess oil.

What do you think? Will you be trying this on your special someone?

Please let me know if any of you try this.

Keep in mind that you can do this with products you already have as long as he doesn't have any major skin conditions. Then I would advise seeing a Dermatologist. This is meant to be something nice to do for your significant other it in no way replaces professional skin care treatments.  To diagnose and treat special skin conditions meat with a licensed professional.

Disclosure: No compensation was provided for this review.  This blog is a means to share my thoughts and opinions.

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