TGIF Facials

Ever have a really long week and just want to unwind? Friday is for Facials! Let’s relax and celebrate that skin because doing both will avoid breakouts. We are going to share some of our favorite face recipes! Because let’s face it, it’s Friday, we’re home and tired and don’t want to run out to Sephora or the local drugstore just for a facial treatment when we can get everything we need form home. So, let’s open up the fridge and get our faces glowing again.

Our first face treatment is a wash, because making your own face wash from home is inexpensive and does not reduce the effectiveness of a good cleanse. Without a clean slate, all the other steps of a home facial won’t be absorbed. Let’s start. You will need to acquire:

  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap
  • ¼ cup brewed organic chamomile
  • ¾ teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • 8 drops essential oils – specific to your skin goals
  • Several drops of Vitamin E oil – optional, but recommended

We chose chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, but this can easily be substituted for distilled water, rose water, or pure aloe vera gel. Do not add the tea until it is absolutely cool. Mix well and place into a bottle.

The second step is exfoliation, and this step is important. By removing the dead skin cells, your face can absorb all the following treatments much better. Exfoliant recipes are plenty, and all are super simple.

  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp of Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Coffee (Optional)

You can use Coconut Oil and Sugar as a face scrub but there is so much you can add. Coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so this can be added for a full body scrub. Be creative and swap out white sugar for brown sugar, coconut oil for olive oil, add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey, blueberries, lemon, essential oils, oats, nutmeg, etc.


Next step is a rich face mask and it is deliciously effective and totally edible. You will need:

  • ¼ of an Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • Cucumber

Mix together until you have a smooth texture – make sure you do not get any cucumber seeds or skins, just the juices. You can also puree the mixture if you have a blender. Place the mask onto your face when your skin is dry and allow to set for 10 minutes. Wash with warm water, then moisturize as you noramlly would. This mask is excellent because the honey has an antibacterial component but also anti-inflammatory component from the cocoa giving your skin a soothing antioxidant. Lastly, the avocado adds in a hydration factor and the cucumber reduces the redness of the treatment while softening the skin. This face mask is delicious, so try not to taste-test it too much and save it for your face!

We always tone the face next, and there are many ways to make home-made toner as well. We appreciate simplicity and love using Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, extracted from the Hamamelis Virginiana Shrub. It has been used for centuries in skin care. Witch Hazel reduces redness, acne, and skin irritation while also locking in moisture. You can mix a ¼ cup of Witch Hazel with a ½ tsp. of Vitamin C powder to maintain your skin’s natural pH level while tightening the skin.


The last step is to moisturize. To make a luxurious moisturizer at home follow these simple steps.

  • 1 cup of rose petals
  • Rosewater
  • 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera juice

Take one cup of rose petals and boil them down with a few drops of rose water. Filter out the petals, saving only the liquid remnants and add 2 tbsp. of Aloe Vera juice. Mix well and allow to cool in the fridge. The rose water will aid in dirt removal and add a fresh look to your skin, while the aloe moisturizes and helps clear up acne. By

maintaining a cool temperature, the moisturizer won’t open up your pores, allowing the moisture to be sealed in.

Pampering yourself may require you to take a trip to the health food store and after the makeshift spa night, you still might not achieve the results you wish. This is why Bare Envy offers the glamorous Hollywood Facial (also known as the Carbon Peel or Baby Doll Facial). The Hollywood Facial achieves results that you won’t ever see from DIY facials at home. It is similar to a mild chemical peel, except there is no downtime. A layer of liquid carbon is applied to the skin, which penetrates deep into the pores, similar to a mud or clay mask. As the mask dries it does not tighten or dry out the skin. Finally, instead of rinsing off the mask, Bare Envy uses a patented magnetic laser device to remove it. The laser is highly attracted to the carbon particles and when passed over the area, it destroys the carbon, taking dead skin cells, contaminants and oil with it.

This facial instantly refreshes skin by killing bacteria in the pores, allowing them to shrink and giving your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin. Gentle and thorough, the Hollywood Facial reduces pigment, evens skin tones, reduces or eliminates acne and the scarring it can leave behind, as well as helps with the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Contact Bare Envy to learn more about all of our facial skin treatments today!


Is your method of exfoliating your face not giving you the results you are expecting? Try Dermaplaning offered at Bare Envy – a medical skin treatment that carefully removes the top layer of skin and vellus hairs (peach fuzz or baby hair) from your face. This technique has been well established in Asia, but is relatively new in North America and growing in popularity amongst the big cities like New York and Toronto. Professional makeup artists’ skin appears smooth and hair-free because they either shave their face or receive a dermaplaning treatment. Dermaplaning is an excellent medical skin treatment to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Dermaplaning is an effective and safe procedure using a sterile surgical scalpel, moving along the skin like a straight razor shave. The scalpel removes a few layers of dead skin cells thus you will instantly notice a softer, smoother skin texture making your skin glow with this procedure. Our clients can expect to see a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as acne scarring. Your skin absorbs product better without all the unnecessary layers of dead skin cells so your lotions will achieve a much deeper penetration hydrated your skin for longer as well. The results achieved from Dermaplaning are comparable to Microdermabrasion treatments as both treatments speed up cellular turnover and resurface the skin.

Dermaplaning should not be done more than every 4 weeks, allowing your skin to complete its natural cycle and rejuvenate itself. However, you can try Dermaplaning with certain chemical peels or other medical skin treatments. Dermaplaning is done before other medical skin treatments (like skin resurfacing using lasers) but keep in mind to avoid Glycolic Acid Chemical Peels. Ask your Bare Envy Esthetician to answer all your questions and offer recommendations. Following a Dermaplaning treatment, you may

see some redness, however, there is no downtime and can be done in under an hour. Clients should expect their skin to be sensitive 1-2 days following the treatments and to minimize sun exposure during this period. It is also important during your post-treatment period that you protect your skin with gentle hydrating products, especially those that protect your skin from the sun containing SPF.

Dermaplaning has its pros and cons but this procedure is NOT recommended if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Acne currently inflamed or excessively oily skin
  • Women who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding or lactating
  • Severe Melasma (Hyperpigmentation thought to be caused by UV exposure, sun damage or hormones)
  • Cancer patients especially those with skin cancer on the face
  • Cold sores and HSV-1 active sores (wait 2 weeks until they are complete their contagious stage)
  • Uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes
  • Dermatitis such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Use of Accutane within the last 6-12 months
  • Use of Prescribed Retinol within the last 7 days

Dermaplaning removes all your tiny hairs and makes your skin smoother, allowing your makeup to sit on your face smoother and more evenly. Your foundation will adhere to your face without the tiny little hairs making your skin look powdery. Cleopatra, an icon of beauty, boasted about the benefits of shaving unwanted facial hair thousands of years ago and this procedure has developed ever since. Bare Envy is confident Dermaplaning is not a fleeting trend, but a traditional method of hair removal and exfoliation making it a revolutionary medical skin treatment.