Oh, how we miss our beauty professionals right now! Whilst we’re all stuck indoors and we have more than enough time on our hands, why not treat yourself to a little pick me up and give yourself a salon worthy facial.
Not only will a little TLC for your skin make you look better, but bringing a little luxury to your bathroom at home can also work wonders for your wellbeing and mental health. It’s time to show yourselves a little love!
All facials begin with a cleanse to clean and prep the skin. Cleanse twice starting with an oil-based cleanser to help melt away makeup and remove dead skin cells. After rinsing off with a warm washcloth, proceed to use either a foam- or cream-based cleanser.
- Creams are gentler, so great for sensitive skin
- Foams usually clean out pores better
With the second cleanse, focus on areas of congestion and massage well into your skin. Rinse off with warm water.
So, now we are nice and cleansed, it’s time to scrub! Exfoliating helps to slough off the top layer of skin cells and excess oils. This keeps skin glowing and helps other products to penetrate deeper in. An enzyme-based powder will exfoliate without abrading your skin, leaving it polished and super clean. You can also use a face scrub or a liquid formula that contains AHAs and BHAs – whichever you feel suits you best.
Just pick one product here and be gentle! You don’t want to overdo this part as you can strip your skin’s moisture barrier.
When choosing a mask, look at what current issues your skin is facing:
- Clay-based & Vitamin C – great for oily skin prone to breakouts
- Hyaluronic acid & Vitamin B5 – great for dry, parched skin
- Antioxidant & Peptides – great for ageing and smoothing lines
With your mask on, move on to the steam.
Fill a bowl with hot water and position your face over the bowl with a towel over your head whilst your mask is on. This will help to soften your skin and open up your pores. You can even add some slices of orange to the water if you want to be fancy.
Moisturise & massage
Once your mask is removed, it’s time to moisturise. This part of the facial is all about hydration. First use a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid and/or Vitamin B5. Next apply a moisturiser, this can be any one you’re fond of. When applying your moisturiser, give yourself a facial massage at the same time to help boost circulation and drainage.
Start at the chin and gently stroke outwards, following this pattern on all areas of your face, including your ear lobes and behind the ears.
Don’t forget to set the scene! To make your pamper time even more luxurious, why not light some candles, use an oil diffuser, play relaxing music or do your whole facial whilst relaxing in a hot bath. Make it special, as this is time just for you!