When Les Nouvelle Esthetiques, a well-known spa and esthetics magazine, approached me to write a facial protocol for a Machu Picchu-inspired facial, it got me very excited. You see, when I lived in Ecuador, I used to design customized aromatherapy facials and body treatments for the local resorts using natural indigenous ingredients combined with essential oils. Therefore, the concept of a “Machu Picchu Facial” instantly reminded me of the Andean ingredients that the native women use to care for their skins. Wondering what makes the Machu Picchu Facial so special and unique? It is the rare and exotic ingredients from the Andes!
Quinoa, known as ‘Gold of the Incas’, is packed with minerals and amino acids that help restore the skin’s vitality and youthfulness.
Avocado oil, a rich source of vitamins A, C & E, nourishes the skin and speeds up regeneration.
Aromatic herbs like Calendula, Lemongrass, Chamomile and Spearmint work to sooth the skin and reduce signs of inflammation.
And of course, a traditional Andean facial cannot be complete without the sacred Palo Santo – which is known for its calming and anti-aging properties.
Believe it or not, these ingredients have been used for centuries by Andean women for keeping their skins healthy, glowing and young! In this article, I have elaborated on the properties of these ingredients and provided step-by-step instructions on how to perform a perfect “Machu Picchu Facial”. The article also includes a detailed “what you will need” section and the complete outline of the process, including the table set-up. If you’d like to know more about the Machu Picchu Facial and Andean Ingredients, please follow the link below to read the complete article.