“At Home” Facial

Many of our clients have expressed how much they miss our facials at the Apothecary. Facials provide a much needed break from the world as well as increased radiance and skin tone! Our services also foster a trusted relationship that you may have come to value. While I cannot offer much more than a virtual face-to-face at this time, I can give you some instruction on how to build and maintain healthy home care rituals that support your skin care goals and help you manage stress.

This 2-part “At Home” Facial includes practices I have cultivated during this pandemic for health and beauty. Part one involves self care steps you can take in the evening and part two details a routine for morning. You can pick and choose aspects you personally want to embrace, and for specific product recommendations don’t forget to reach out for a free skin consultation!

Part one- Evening:
1. Cleanse
2. Masque and Tonique
3. Gua Sha with Rosehip Oil
4. Restorative Mind-Body Ritual Oil
5. Night Cream

In the evening, I recommend cleansing as soon as you know you are “in” for the night. This will ensure that you are not too tired for your self care routine. Apply a masque of your choice and go about your evening with whatever you need to do (check emails, knit, read a book…). For a list of masque suggestions and their benefits check out my recent blog post: Botanical Masques for Self Care. After 10-20 minutes remove your masque, dry your face, and pat with your favorite tonique. My tonique of choice these days is the Eminence Organics Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist because it increases the skin’s ATP and delivers micronutrients. Then, apply a generous amount of your favorite face oil and find a comfortable place to sit for Gua Sha facial massage. Massage using this simple tool helps promote detoxification and increases microcirculation. I find myself spending 15 minutes on this step because it is very soothing. When you’re done, apply the Stony Creek Aromatics Restorative Mind-Body Ritual Oil on aromapoints and pulse points. Instructions for Gua Sha and the Restorative Mind-Body Ritual can be found here. Lastly, on top of the face oil, apply a lightweight moisturizer like the Eminence Organics Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment or the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream.

Part two- Morning:
1. Steam
2. Cleanse
3. Exfoliate
4. Finishing Products
5. Sun protection

After coffee and breakfast I have been starting my day with an old fashioned steam. In a pot of hot water add one drop of cypress essential oil and 1 drop of eucalyptus globulus and inhale for 10 minutes with a towel over your head. Cypress is high in pinene and cinene, and Eucalyptus is rich in 1,8 Cineole, chemical components that helps fight infection and clear respiratory mucus. I can blend them for you order you can order high quality essential oils from Aromatics International. I recently started incorporating eight quick lung strengthening and clearing breathes during my steams. I learned the technique from my friend and Ann Arbor area yoga instructor, Natasha Schaffer, in this video tutorial. After your face and lungs have been purged, cleanse the impurities from your skin. Following your cleanse I recommend stepping up your exfoliating routine by applying the Eminence Organics Firm Skin Exfoliating Peel or Bright Skin Exoliating Peel. Leveling up to the use of acids on your skin increases the cell turnover and promotes a healthy skin surface. Choose the Firm Skin if you want to see a decrease in fine lines or the Bright Skin if you are concerned with hyperpigmentation. Both of these peels are around 4% so using them every day is safe as long as you are following up with a moisturizer. Now that spring is finally here, don’t forget the sun protection too!

As with everything during this pandemic and in life, don’t let what you see other people are doing on social media make you feel like you aren’t doing enough. Try choosing just one or two things you could incorporate that helps you feel healthier and happier. You are worthy of love and care, and deserving of positive self thoughts. Stay healthy!

For more tips on how to give yourself a facial at home, visit “How to do a facial massage at home” by Eminence Organics.

“At Home” Facial VLOG:

Botanical Masques for Self Care

If you are like me, your skin is missing your monthly facial. The added stress and a lack of routine from this pandemic can lead to increased acne, dryness, and an overall lackluster skin surface. As you try to establish a new normal for yourself, consider adding a face mask twice a week. Feeding your skin with high quality botanicals will keep your skin vibrant, and may even nudge you into feeling a little brighter on the inside too.

At Jessica’s Apothecary we stock 12 different masks! How would you choose the best one(s) for your home care routine? Allow me to present them to you by skin concern.

For dryness:
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Eminence Organics Stone Crop Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Eminence Organics Yellow Sweet Clover Anti-redness Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Dryness occurs due to a lack of oil in the skin. Some people say their skin is dry even when it is actually dehydrated, which is a lack of water. Dehydration can still have an underlying condition of excess oil production below the dryness. A mask can alleviate dryness but a consultation with your Esthetician can help get to the cause. Whether from a lack of oil or a lack of water any of these are a good choice. For dryness with some mild acne issues, choose the Strawberry Rhubarb. For dryness with hyperpigmentation choose the Stone Crop. For dryness due to a lack of oil choose the Bamboo Age Corrective or Yellow Sweet Clover. For dryness due to a lack of care and exfoliation, choose an enzyme mask. For double quarantine self care points (but who is counting?) double mask by first using an exfoliating mask, remove, and then apply a non-exfoliating mask to follow. This method allows for the second mask to penetrate more efficiently as the dead skin has been first removed.

For dullness:
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT
Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Masque

The skin appears dull usually because of a lack of cellular turnover. As we age our skins metabolism slows down. For the most dramatic increase in circulation try the Eight Greens HOT with Hungarian Paprika. Your skin will get very flushed and may utilize the increased oxygen for the next fews hours. The Firm Skin Acai is antioxidant rich and best for less sensitive skin. The Bamboo Age Corrective is more nourishing with shea butter, argan oil and stem cells. To differentiate between the 3 exfoliating masks listed, consider the Exfoliating Enzyme if your skin is sensitive, the Hydrating Enzyme if your skin is dehydrated and rough, the Anti-aging Exfoliant if you have acne or pigmentation.

For acne:
Eminence Organics Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Charcoal Masque

Acne occurs in both oily and dry skin. To choose the right mask for your acne prone skin, consider these key features. Hands down the best acne fighting mask I have ever used is the Acne Advanced Clarifying. Not only can you mask your whole face with it once or twice per week, but you can spot treat and sleep with it on your pimples. The winning combination is sulfur (but you can barely smell it!), salicylic acid, and 3 different kinds of clay. If you have hormonal acne and your skin isn’t too sensitive, lean towards the Eight Greens HOT. For mild acne and some dryness the Strawberry Rhubarb has a touch of salicylic acid but is also rich in hyaluronic acid. The Anti-aging Exfoliant is the best all around exfoliant with lactic and glycolic acids, and salicylic acid to control breakouts. The Charcoal Masque draws out impurities and reduces oil production.

For redness/sensitivity:
Eminence Organics Yellow Sweet Clover Anti-reddness Masque
Milk + Honey Pink Clay Masque

The most gentle masks for our most sensitive skin types include the Yellow Sweet Clover for dry skin, and the Pink Clay for normal to oily skin. Neither will get to the cause of telangiectasia, or dilated blood vessels, but they will provide calming benefits.

For hyperpigmentation:
Eminence Organics Stone Crop Masque
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT

Pigmentation is best treated during a facial, however masks can provide assistance at home. The Stone Crop balances uneven skin tone and increases moisture content in the skin. The Anti-aging Exfoliant provides some brightening and lightening with fennel seed oil and lactic acid. The Eight Greens Phyto HOT delivers plant based estrogens to regulate hormonal acne and assist in oxygenation when attempting to lighten post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Best when followed up with a botanical lightener.

For fine Lines/elasticity:
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Masque

The most effective ingredient found in home care products for fine lines and elasticity is glycolic acid, found in the Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque. Glycolic acid triggers fibroblasts in the Dermis to produce collagen. The Hydrating Enzyme and Exfoliating Enzyme Masques gently “digest” dead skin, creating a smoother appearance. The Firm Skin and Strawberry Rhubarb masques are loaded with hyaluronic acid which plump superficial lines. Choose Firm for skin that is normal to dry, and dull skin that is not very sensitive. Choose Strawberry Rhubarb for dry and slightly acne prone skin. The Bamboo Age Corrective contains Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells to promote elasticity and is in a shea butter and argan oil base for nourishing dry skin.

In general, masks should be applied to clean, dry skin and left on for 10-15 minutes. I hope this helps you find the right masque for your mini facials at home. If you still have questions, you can email contact@jessicasapothecary.com to set up a free skin consultation on facetime or zoom. All Eminence and Glymed products can be purchased on our website. Milk + Honey can be ordered via email.