It is the last Facial Friday of 2016!
For this Facial Friday I wanted to do something special. This is going to be a long post with an entire skincare routine from start to finish. Follow along with my end of the year Champagne Toast Facial Friday!
The first thing I like to do is remove all of my makeup. I like to use the Bioderma micelle solution or the Simple cleansing micellar water with a cotton pad or ball. In my opinion the Bioderma micelle water is more effective in loosening up the makeup than the Simple brand.
Next I cleanse my face using Dr. Bronners Pure Castille soap. A little goes a long way and I like to add this to a wet facial brush and then just scrub away. I love to use a foamy cleanser but most do not contain very good ingredients so for now I have been testing out Castile soap. I do not get the squeaky clean feeling but I still get all that luscious foam with the brush. If you are getting that squeaky clean it is a good indicator your are depleting all the oils from your skin. Drying out your skin causes your skin to go into overtime producing more oil to replenish what is being lost and then escalating into stress skin and breakouts. I used to suffer from this and have learned less is truly better.
Then in a bowl big enough to submerge your whole face and I guess head you want to add fresh club soda to it. Then submerge your entire face for as long as you can take it. I saw an asian lady doing this on a random Pinterest post and have wanted to try it out for myself. Club soda is pretty much baking soda water that is extra fizzy when you touch your skin to it. The fizzy bubbles are meant to give you a fizzy facial cleanse removing dirt, and impurities from your pores. Has anyone watched that scrubbing bubbles commercial where they make tile and stuff sparkle and shine? Imagine that but for your face. I am not sure if it actually works and I just thought I would try it. It is not for the faint of heart as the bubbles sort of hurt. This can be considered an exfoliating facial soak. Baking soda has a reaction to your skin we term as desincrustation in the esthetician skincare world. Desincrustation will literally loosen and liquify the hardened sebum on your skin freeing it from your pores. Not sure how accurate this is yet but I have tried baking soda recipes having to do with cleaning my pores and it seems to follow through with its claims.
This is just me drowning myself in a bowl of club soda all for the sake of healthy skin and a good facial. My husband thought I lost it for a minute. Imagine, me “honey can you come help me take a picture”. He enters the room and I am standing dunking my face in a bowl of club soda. HAHA!
After doing all of this deep cleaning you want to bring your skins PH back so I created a toner using 1 entire mini bottle of French champagne and 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine. I sprayed a little of this on my skin and then applied the facial mask I made last week Friday. The peppermint is so soothing after the club soda dip I just put my skin through.
After the mask I follow up with some more of the champagne toner. The champagne contains high antioxidants and resveratrol in the grapes used are good at combating inflammation. There is also tartaric acid in champagne which will even out skin tone and make it appear brighter. I combined it with the glycerine because the champagne is an alcohol I wanted to make sure I was not submitting my skin to torture rather than treatment.
Then I use vitamin E under my eyes and as a moisturizer the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.
I did this before our holiday road trip south. My experience so far has been this amazing glow and soft skin. I used about 1/4 of foundation I would normally use and that is the results I am looking for. The less make up the better!
Thank you for doing me on the last post of 2016! I am excited to ring in the new year with our friends and cannot wait to share more of whats to come!! Happy New Year!!