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Monday, July 21, 2008

And the winner is...

I asked women of all ages what their favorite facial scrub was, and it became obvious that St. Ives is by far one of the most beloved.An extremely popular brand, and often cheaper than it's competitors such as Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, and Biore. This product is easy to find and simple to use. Simply wet face, gently apply with fingertips and rinse. It also smells amazing.

The most interesting answer (although not very popular) was Buf-Puf Facial Sponges by 3M. Yes, the same people who make post it's (no it wasn't actually Romy and Michele) now make products for your face. 3M claims to gently massage away dead skin cells, and give you smooth, clean, and healthy looking skin. You can use it daily, and the facial sponges come in three textures: Regular (for normal to oily skin,) Gentle (combination and normal skin,) and Extra Gentle (for dry, delicate or sensitive skin.) They're simple to use, just add soap and water. They even come in disposable singles, cool!

Do It Yourself Facial

If you've ever been to a sauna, and liked it, you'll love a facial. Steam is used to open pores, so that dead skin, oil, whiteheads/blackheads can
easily be removed. Facials at a spa can cost you hundreds of dollars, but you can easily get similar great results by giving yourself one at home for a lot less.

What to do:

Wash your face with a mild cleanser to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil buildup on your skins surface.

Boil a large pot of water, you can add eucalyptus or lavender to make it more relaxing.

Once the water is to a boil, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Using a towel, cover your head and hold you face over the pot. (Make sure the pot it not so close that it will burn your skin- to make it easier, pour the boiling water into your bathroom sink *plugged of course!* Stay there with a towel covering your head for about 5-10 minutes. If you have bad blackheads or large pores, stay the maximum amount of time.

Using a blackhead extractor (also known as a complexion extractor) remove blackheads. Do not attempt to remove blackheads that are not easily released.

Rinse face with warm water. Apply a facial mask for your skin type (I highly recommend Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask.) Let dry, and rinse well with warm water.

Splash your face with cold water, paying close attention oily areas. Pat dry, and moisturize with your favorite facial lotion.

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