Skin Food Facial

30 minute miracle worker

Skin Food contains plant actives calendula, chamomile, rosemary and lavender, enveloped in a soothing base of natural waxes and pure plant oils including almond. This facial skincare routine is designed to restore radiance, using Weleda products that complement the action and fragrance of Weleda Skin Food.

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Step 1 Compress

Soak a face flannel in hot water with a little Rosemary Bath Milk and apply to the face to open up the pores and wake up the circulation. For a more calming/soothing experience, rather than stimulating, use a little Lavender Bath Milk. Skin prone to eczema, could benefit from using a little Calendula Baby Cream Bath, which is less aromatic.

Step 2 Cleanse

Using the Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion on two damp cotton wool pads, removes dirt and make-up. Use both hands simultaneously, mirror image, for a lovely balanced feeling. Around the eyes, gently cleanse with Almond Soothing Facial Oil to remove eye make-up. Warm or luke-warm cotton wool pads are preferable to very cold water on the eyes.

Optional Puffiness

If time allows, organic unbleached chamomile tea bags can be used as an eye compress. Lightly soak tea bags in a little hot water to gently infuse, allow to cool slightly in a bowl or saucer before applying whilst the facial massage is being done or the mask is on (to complete the Skin Food experience). The calming chamomile fragrance can also have a relaxing effect.

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Step 3 Massage

Using the fragrance-free Almond Soothing Facial Oil, gently massage the face to stimulate the circulation and relax the soft tissues, tailoring the massage to the individual.

Step 4 Mask

Apply a generous layer of Skin Food, melting it between your hands to make it easier to work with, and leave on the face as an intensive treatment for five minutes (or longer if time allows). If client has combination skin with oily T-zone, just use Skin Food on the cheeks and drier areas, to avoid overloading the skin. Optional: whilst the mask is on the face, use pressure points (see diagram below) with light pressure, working around the face.

Step 5 Compress

Soak a face flannel in hot water with a little Lavender Bath Milk and apply to the face to release and melt the mask. Gently lift away excess Skin Food with the flannel and gently wipe. Tidy any remaining thick areas of cream using a damp cotton pad (this may not be necessary).

Step 6 Moisturise

Depending on the skin, finish with a light application of Almond Soothing Facial Lotion to moisturise. For younger and/or oilier skin, this may not be necessary if Skin Food has worked its magic.

Gentle treatment for Acupressure Points of the Face

Start by lightly holding and covering the ears to connect with the client, and then return to the ears in between most of the points. The client is encouraged to breathe deeply and therapist accompanies breathing - most points held for 1 or 2 full breaths with same fingers on each hand being used together or one on top of the other for single points (1,2,14).

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1 Third Eye – Ajna chakra

2 Lower sinuses – headaches, insomnia, dizziness

3 & 4 Headaches, calms nerves and energy – working bilaterally

5 Headaches, eye problems

6 Facial nerves

7 Insomnia – use soft pressure over temples

8 Headaches, eyestrain, facial nerves

9, 10 & 11 Calming, ear pain, toothache – done in sequence without ear holding in between

12 Lower sinuses – facial nerves. Useful to release tension

13 ‘Unconscious’ point – good for shock, severe pain, faintness

14 Facial nerves

15 Migraine

16 Finish by returning to hold ears