Even a Pig can have great skin!

Evan Kaminsky
Authored by
Evan Kaminsky

January 27, 2011
4:26 p.m.

 

 ….in one of my favorite books, “Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life” I found       “The Miss Piggy Seven-Minute Amazing Face Daily Shape Up”        and I wanted to share it with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You’ll Need!

Some of your favorite candy

Soft towel with your name or initials on it

Soap that smells nice (any color but white)

Small hand mirrors

Tissues and strong astringent solution

 

 

1. Dip tissue in astringent, sniff, make face, then throw away tissue

2. Wash Face

3. Dry with towel

4. Look in mirrors

5. Smile with approval

6. Eat candy

 

 

As I sit here stuffing my face, like Miss Piggy, with the delightful sweets I bought from an artisan chocolatier  in Hayes Valley and the greasy fried Vietnamese food I picked up on my way home, my mind wandered from gluttony to guilt. It’s not that I was worried about the calories (girl’s gotta keep her figure up) but I started to remember everything I learned in beauty school about how food can affect your skin. What goes in must come out! And it always affects the skin.  I’m not talking about the old wives tales like “chocolate causes zits”, or “fried foods clog your pores” (at least I hope not after that meal!), but not enough water intake too much sun and too many processed foods leave toxins in your body that can manifest in skin issues. The best way to deal with skin issues is to regularly cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun.

For those of you “butchies” out there who’s only reference to a facial is something seen in a Falcon video, I’d like to explain the steps I take when performing a facial treatment.

Step 1: Once the client is on my table, tucked in and comfy, I begin the process by cleansing the skin. I use a gentle cleanser that removes oils, debris and pollution from the surface of the skin.

Step 2: I use a facial steamer to hydrate and soften the skin, as well as soften any buildup in the pores themselves. During the steam I also exfoliate the skin.

(Exfoliation: the sloughing off and removal of dead skin cells and debris by use of a scrub, enzyme or chemical peel)

Step 3: Once the dead skin and debris is removed and the pores have been softened by steam, I start the extractions. Extraction is a technique used to remove oil and debris and black heads from the pores through a pinching-like manipulation of the skin.

Step 4: Time for the mask. (No, you aren’t disfigured or even ugly) A mask is usually made of a cream, gel, or clay base, each one used for different skin types and conditions. The mask is brushed onto the face, neck and chest (unless there is fur in the way) and left to do its magic for up to ten minutes, purifying and hydrating the skin even further.

Step 5: The favorite step of all…the massage! Massage is very healing to the skin. It encourages circulation and releases tension. My massage includes the face, neck, chest, shoulders, scalp and ears. Definitely a happy ending (without the actual “Happy Ending”)

Step 6: Tone and Moisturize. After all of the cleansing and exfoliation, the skin is left unbalanced and vulnerable to bacteria. Toner is used to pH balance the skin; protecting it and helping it absorb more moisture. A moisturizer is an important final step to the facial process. Even those with oily skin types need hydration. Many times the oil is just the body’s reaction to lack of water. When in doubt, moisturize!

 

Of course I’d love for everyone to book facial services with me in my studio, and get the hands on experience, but for some that is a luxury. Either way it is a good idea to maintain your skin by using products at home. There are products from every price range that work well. If you can handle cleansing, toning and moisturizing every day and exfoliating once or twice a week, you’re skin will show improvement of appearance after the first two weeks. Remember, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer them in my blog.

Until then, Stay Beautiful!

 

 

 

For those of you that would like to make your own masks for facials I’ve included the following recipes.

For Normal Skin

1 Banana

1 table spoon honey

1 beaten egg

Mix ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply to skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm moist towels

 

For Dry Skin

1 egg yolk

A few drops of apple cider vinegar

A few drops of almond oil

 

Mix ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply to skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm moist towels

 

For Dehydrated Skin

1 egg yolk

6 drops of olive oil

3 drops of peppermint essential oil

 

Mix ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply to skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm moist towels

 

For Oily Skin

 

10 fresh strawberries cut into tiny pieces

1 sheet of gauze that would fit over the face

Place gauze over your face and apply the cut strawberries. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Lift the gauze from all four corners to remove.

 

 

 

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