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Facial Delights

An aromatherapy home facial is a wonderful experience. It's de stressing and rejuvenating. And it makes an unusual gift too - especially if you volunteer to actually apply the beauty treatment to the lucky person yourself. If you're looking for the ultimate skin pampering experience from the world of fragrance, read on.

First you need to know about skin types. Even if you already know what type of skin you have, the information that follows may come in useful if you plan to make home facial kits for gifts as you'll. need to identify the recipient's skin type. Each skin type needs a different aromatherapy formula, but the basic methods are the same. A skin care routine should include three steps - cleanse, tone and moisturize - with a facial scrub or facemask about once a week. As surface cells die, they're replaced with new ones. We need to remove the dead cells and reveal the new ones which give a soft smooth look to the skin There are five basic skin types: oily, dry, normal, combination and sensitive.

Oily Skin
Oil glands in our skin produce a healthy lubricant called sebum. When the glands are over-active, they make too much sebum, and it is thick and heavy. The result is oily skin. It looks shiny, and is often marred by pimples and blemishes. Steam cleansing and exfoliation (removing the dead cells from the outer layer) can help remove the excess oil - but be careful - over cleansing can stimulate the oil glands to produce even more sebum!

Dry Skin
People with dry skin have the opposite condition to those with oily skin. Their oil glands don=t produce enough sebum to keep the surface properly lubricated. This condition can be hereditary, but can also be caused by too much sun and other environmental conditions that can dry out the skin. Also, skin becomes drier as we age, and the rate at which dead skin cells are replaced slows down. Dry skin looks coarse, tight or flaky, and shows up every little line and wrinkle. It can be greatly helped by moisturizing and by facial massage to stimulate healthy circulation.

Normal Skin
In normal skin the oil glands produce the right amount of sebum to keep the skin soft and supple - neither too dry nor too oily.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin may display an allergic reaction to a variety triggers. It could be chemicals, environmental factors - or 101 other things. If you have a sensitive skin, I'm sure you know it - and it isn't hard to spot in others either.

Combination Skin
This type of skin has both dry and oily areas. The most usual arrangement is an oily "T zone" across the forehead and in a panel down the around the nose to the chin, while the rest of the face (cheeks and around the eyes) is dry. Owners of such skins need to treat each area with different products according to type.

The Aromatherapy Home Facial
Remember to dilute essential oils with carrier oils like Jojoba, almond or hazelnut before applying them to the skin.

Part One: Cleansing First a steam treatment to open the pores.

For oily, normal and combination skin types, put the essential oils into a bowl, and add boiling water. Put your face near (not in) the steam, and drape a towel over both your head and the bowl for a few minutes. For oily skin use 3 drops each of lavender and geranium oils. For normal and combination skins use 3 drops each of sandalwood and rose oils.
For dry and sensitive skins use a lighter treatment. Put 2-3 drops each of jasmine and chamomile oils into a bowl, and add warm water. Soak a soft towel in this. Wring it out and place it over the face, then relax until it cools a bit. Repeat.

Next, cleanse the skin with a suitable cleanser (see below). Apply to the face and neck. Use upward, circular motions to gently massage the face whist loosening surface debris and excess oil. Remove excess with tissue or cotton. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a soft towel. If you wear lots of make up, you can repeat the process.

For oily skin pour 6 tablespoons of jojoba or hazelnut oil into a dark glass bottle. Add 10 drops each of geranium and lavender oils. Shake to blend before use.
For dry skin pour 6 tablespoon of sweet almond or avocado oil into a dark glass bottle. Add 10 drops each of jasmine and chamomile essential oils, Shake to blend before each use.
For normal skin pour 6 tablespoons of sweet almond or grape seed oil into a dark glass bottle. Add 10 drops each of sandalwood and rose essential oils. Shake to blend before each use.
For combination skin (oily areas), pour 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil into a dark glass bottle. Add 10 drops of geranium or lavender oil. Shake to blend. (Dry areas), pour 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil into a dark glass bottle. Add 10 drops of chamomile or jasmine oil. Shake to blend.
For sensitive skin use the recipe for dry skin but add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered milk dissolved in 1 tablespoon of warm water.



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Part Two: Toning
Cleansing usually disturbs the pH balance of the skin, so we use a toner to re-balance it. Saturate a cotton pad with toner, and pat over the face and neck area, avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave it to dry. Then wipe it with wet towel. Be careful not to rub the skin.

For oily skin mix together three-quarters of a cup of witch hazel, 8 drops each of Geranium and Lavender essential oils and 4 drops each of rosemary* and basil* essential oils.
For dry skin, to 6 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, add 2 drops each of jasmine and Neroli oils. Shake to blend.
For normal skin, mix together three-quarters of a cup of rose water, 8 drops each of sandalwood and rose essential oils and 4 drops each of bergamot* and rosewood essential oils. This can also be put into a spray bottle and used as a facial mist
For combination skin, use the recipe for oily skin and apply to oily areas only. Use sweet almond oil or rosewater on the dry areas.
For sensitive skin use sweet almond oil or rosewater with 3 drops Chamomile oil

Part Three: Moisturizing The purpose of moisturizing is to seal in the moisture. Do it while the skin is still damp from the toner. Gently pat a "Fragrant Face Oil" onto the face and neck. For dry skin areas, wait about 2 or 3 minutes, then dampen the skin again with water or toner, and repeat the application.

Take any good quality non scented moisturizing cream and add to it -
For oily skin 2 drops Lavender or Geranium
For dry skin 2 drops Chamomile or Jasmine.
For normal skin, 2 drops Rose or Sandalwood oil.
For combination skin 2 drops rose or Lavender.
For sensitive skin 2 drops Jasmine or chamomile.

Additional steps might include exfoliating and masking. So, off you go. Your face awaits its treat. * Please Note Essential oils of basil and rosemary SHOULD NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY. Do not go out into the sun for at least two hours after applying essential oil of bergamot to your skin.

By Sylvia Richards 11/April/2009

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