How to give yourself a home facial treatment

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Looking for a do-it-yourself skin care treatment that will improve your skin tone and complexion? Check out esthetician Jennifer Gallegos’s at-home facial recipe! This do-it-yourself treatment can save you money and is great for all skin types!

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  • Jennifer Gallegos

    Jennifer Gallegos Esthetician Jennifer Gallegos is passionate about education. From her home base at International Orange in San Francisco, this former-teacher-turned-esthetician educates clients about healthy skin and helps them navigate product options for optimum results. She believes whole-wholeheartedly in treating the skin with active, natural products and has co-developed a line of facial cleansing pads called Preserve Skincare. “For me, it's always about preserving what we've got—preventing damage is the key to r more about this expert »

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Transcript Hi, Jennifer. So I have my daily regimen down to help me manage my occasional breakouts. But I was wondering if there's that I can do at home for a more intensive treatment. Absolutely. An at-home facial is a perfect solution. A major complaint that I hear from clients dealing with breakouts is the marking that is left behind after a breakout has gone away. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. These marks can be just as frustrating as the breakouts themselves. So you're really going to want to go above and beyond your regular regimen, and this at-home facial is just the thing. So for your at-home facial, you're going to want to start with a really thorough cleanse with a purifying cleanser like this, Earth Science Clarifying Face Wash. You're just going to take a pump, add some water, make a good lather. One thing you want to remember about cleansing is that you want to spend a good minute working it into your skin, giving those active ingredients time to do what they're supposed to do. But especially for this facial, you don't want to skimp on this step because it's going to help prep the skin for the peel. So after cleansing, you're going to go ahead and apply your apple peel. And really, all you need is one teaspoon and that's what we have here in our little dish. And if you really want to get fancy, you can pick up a fan brush and apply it like the pros. And I highly recommend it because it feels great. You're just going to do a nice thin application. And you will leave the mask on for about 5-15 minutes, depending on how sensitive your skin is. And I really love this peel. It's got lactic acid in it, and malic acid which comes from apples, and these will help work away at those brown spots by exfoliating the skin. And then it also has azelaic acid, which will help inhibit future hyperpigmentations, so really, really active. Smells wonderful. That might be a little bit tingly. So after removing the peel with warm water, if that's all you have time for, you're just going to put on a moisturizer and you're all set. But if you really want to do the ultimate treatment, I love using raw, organic honey. It might seem funny, but honey is great for the skin. It hydrates, it calms, and it helps heal blemishes. It can be a little bit messy, but you just got to go for it. You can soften it up in your hands, and then just apply a nice thin layer. Honey is a great treatment for any skin type, but problematic included. It's going to help hydrate the skin and heal blemishes. And you can leave it on for 5-15 minutes. And just like the peel, you'll remove it with warm water. I love this. My skin feels great. It just feels soft and supple. This is awesome. And it looks amazing. And you can do this treatment weekly. And with time, you will begin to see those brown spots fade. Great.

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