We advise you to have a facial once a month even if you do them yourself at home. But when you have a professional facial the therapist extracts (removes) all the impurities. Which feels and looks amazing afterwards. We don't recommend doing extraction at home yourself, simply for the reason that it is very easy to damage your skin. Also before using a scrub or a mask, steam your face to open your pores. Steam not only opens your pores but also rejuvenates the skin's layers and starts the cleansing process. If you don't have a facial steamer, just boil some water in a pan, once you see the vapour put your face just above and place a towel on your head covering your face so that the steam won't evaporate and go to waste for 10 minutes (be careful).
One of the things we love and recommend is using a clay mask after the steam. Clay is an excellent way for removing impurities and it works like a magnet that pulls out all the oil secretion and dirt in your pores. Our favorite clay mask is The Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask. This is an amazing clay mask that we recommend for both men and women, if you have oily and blackhead prone skin use twice a month and dry skin once a month.
Their are also pore strips you can use where you wet the strip and let it sit on your nose, forehead or chin for 10 minutes, then you peel off. They work so well that we literally spend few minutes just looking and amazed at the dirt and oil that sits on the strip. If you love using pore strips but don't wont to always spend a lot, then this recipe for a home made strip is easy to make.
1 tablespoon Milk
1 tablespoon Unflavored Gelatine
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then heat up mixture in a microwave for 10 seconds until the mixture is melted and smooth. Mix again and wait to cool down a little until warm. Using a clean paintbrush or toothbrush, apply the mixture to your nose or desired area and let it set for 20-25 minutes. After making sure the mixture has turned hard on your face, peel off starting from the ends or corners to the center. Make sure to rinse with water and to use a toner straight away as your pores will be open. Give it a try.