Facial Compressing - Your First Step in a Holistic Approach to Cleansing The Skin
I am in the midst of learning how to create an e-course for holistic practitioners on skin health. My focus this week is correct cleaning. Wow, I never realized how in depth cleaning the face is. I have so much to say on this. Happily the first step in correct cleansing is amazingly effective for all skin types, and especially aging skin. It's also free, meaning could do this with water and a wash cloth. Oh course you might want to spice things up a bit with a great essential oil blend or Dr Hauschka Bath in the water. Ladies, when I have been neglecting myself and notice my face needs some me time, the first thing I do is what is known as facial compressing.
Facial compresses are indispensable in a professional setting, and they are equally beneficial at home. Why are they so wonderful? Simply put, they are good for you—physically and psychologically. Your skin benefits from being hydrated, cleansed, and treated with the properties of the essential oils. The warmth of the water stimulates circulation and supports lymph function. (All of these actions help to keep your skin vital and youthful.) Your psyche is transported, comforted, and renewed. The experience is rejuvenating on all levels and will have you feeling good. Feeling good is good. We like that. We need that.
Here is a DYI step by step on Facial Compressing you can do for yourself:
Fill the basin with cool, tepid, or warm water depending on your skin type. Avoid using water that is too cold or too hot.
Normal: tepid to warm
Sensitive: tepid to warm
Blemished: cool to tepid
Choose a skin care essential oil that suits your skin type. In my Dr Hauschka facials I use the Bath Essences. Besides using biodynamic ingredients and the highest quality essential oils, they disperse in the water, infusing every water molecule with aroma.
The following are suggestions for using single essential oils. Put one or two drops in the basin of warm water and gently move the water to mix well.
Normal: Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Orange
Oily: Lavender, Geranium, Orange
Dry: Sandalwood, Geranium, Rose, Ylang Ylang
Combination: Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Orange
Sensitive: German Chamomile, Rose
Blemished: Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, German Chamomile (esp. if inflamed)
Mature: Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood
Lean over the basin, dip the washcloth in the water, wring slightly, and hold the washcloth to your face for a few moments. Keep your eyes closed. Breathe in the aroma.
Repeat the dipping and applying process for at least five times. Of course, you can do as many as you like.
At this point, you can continue with the rest of your skin care routine. For many, simply patting dry and applying a moisturizer completes the process.
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