Updated: Apr 15, 2020
"Home is the place where you celebrate yourself before you celebrate anyone else."
Try not to let social distancing get your spirits down! Now is the time to focus, realign and take some time for yourself. My parents always told me, "A set back is always his way of building you up for a better comeback or redirection." Whether you are spending time with family, rebranding your business, looking for a job, or making those fun Pinterest recipes, remember to also take the time for some self-care! There is no better time than now to show love to yourself with some at home or DIY beauty treatments.
Yes, professional here, you can microneedle at home! With the appropriate tools, technique, and products. Microneedling can be a safe and natural rejuvenation treatment that you can do at home to restore healthy skin. Commonly known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), microneedling is an advanced skin technique that uses micor-needles to stimulate the top layers of the skin. The treatment creates a release of natural growth factors (your skin’s native regenerative proteins), naturally encouraging rebuilding your own collagen and elastin.
Home Microneedling vs. Medical Microneedling? At-home microneedling utilizes a handheld stamp or micro derma roller with 0.2 mm –.25 mm needles. Needling at this depth is often described as microchanneling. The tiny needle size maintains shallow depths and works within the skin's very top layer to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and texture. In contrast, medical microneedling, which is performed by trained professionals in a clinical setting, utilizes microneedles ranging between .5 mm–2.5 mm, and is ideal for scar tissue and corrective work, deeper lines and wrinkles, and coarser skin types. Both home and medical microneedling help to stimulate the skin’s natural production of regenerative proteins and upregulates enzymatic activity to optimize healthy cellular communication and absorption of topical nutrients. This can be done on the face, neck, or body! Cellulite? Large Pores? Texture? Skin Tightening? Breast Stretchmarks? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!
Iontophoresis is a technique that uses an electric current to deliver drugs through the skin. But for home use, you can enhance your skincare penetration. Often times, when you haven't exfoliated or received a facial, you have an excess amount of dead skin on your stratum corneum! This layer is vital and filled with 4-5 layers of dead skin. However, problems arise when the natural shedding process becomes stalled and products cant lubricate all the new baby skin cells. Iontophoresis is a non-invasive method of propelling high concentrations of a charged substance, (normally a medication or bioactive agent), transdermally by electromotive force by a similarly charged active agent.
In a treatment, the ultrasonic machine’s negative and positive charge frequency waves work to:
Exfoliate dead skin cells for clear and radiant skin without redness and irritation
Loosen and remove oil, dirt, and sebum from the pores and hair follicles, resulting in fewer blackheads and breakouts.
Gently stimulates the skin to encourage collagen and elastin production by enhancing product penetration.
Stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
Facilitates hydration and plumps the skin, thereby filling out fine lines and wrinkles.
Helps skincare products do their job by penetrating deeper into the skin. This is especially true for antioxidant serums, creams and masks. Unless an active product is pushed deep into the lower levels of the epidermis, it won’t have any effect on the skin.
Gua Sha Massaging
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves the application of pressure on a part of a body (usually the back) to cause what appears like slight bruising. The technique is based on the belief that the causes of ailments or pain will go out through these injured areas, leading to pain relief as well as stimulated blood flow.
Like many forms of Chinese medicine, gua sha has a very long history and has been passed on to several generations and across countries where the Chinese have settled. However, its popularity significantly differs according to locations. For the sake of safety in at-home use, Gua sha massaging can be used with a tool, spoon or merely use your hands to massage out your lymphatic system. Apply a lubricant or oil (I love my rose or seabuckthorn organic oil- check here), and apply firm and direct pressure onto the skin by following different meridian points.
Sea Moss Face & Body Mask
If you're new here, welcome, my name is Amaju, and I am a Sea Mossaholic. Sea moss is nature's collagen and one of the best-kept secrets to beautiful skin. Not only is it enriched with an impressive micronutrient profile (protein, iron, calcium, sulfur, iodine, beta-carotene, magnesium, bromine, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, B-vitamins, Vitamin A & K, and Vitamin C), but is packed with benefits for every function of the body:
Helps with the growth of healthy hair, skin, and nails
Prevents premature aging
Restores deficiencies in the skin
Plumps, lubricates and hydrates the skin
Aids in eliminating mineral deficiencies and detoxifies
Antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial
A good ol' classic face steam. Steaming your face and skin is pretty much exactly as it sounds. A hot pot of water, steamer or sitting in the bathroom as your hot shower runs, delivers warm, moist air to the skin, which allows the pores to dilate. By doing this, an optimal environment for deep cleansing of the skin is created. By temporarily widening the pores, you can deliver more nutrients, antioxidants, and other rejuvenating agents, while also increasing our ability to remove impurities trapped deep within the layers of the skin.