Getting a professional facial is not only the perfect way to relax but it’s also like pressing the restart button on your skin. It helps deep clean, tone and moisturise and not forgetting leaving you in a relaxed state of mind. If I could I would definitely get one done weekly but because they can be expensive I prefer doing a bit of DIY and having a facial at home – perfect for keeping the costs down and not having to leave your house! But what do we exactly do in a facial?
The first and most important step is to cleanse and not just your quick 30 second apply on, wash off. Cleansing removes dirt, oil and make-up and allows your other skincare products to penetrate deeper so it matters how you use it. I love using the newly purchased Natural Republic Himalaya Salt Cleansing Balm (around £12), a light, soft and sorbet like texture that just melts into the skin that removes everything. It leaves my skin pristine ready to take on my BeautyPie Double Phase Daily Deep Rinse-Off Cleanser (members £5.19), an amazing orange smelling cream that is great for massaging into the skin. Once applied, wash off in an upward and circular motions with your middle and ring fingers applying medium pressure. This will help stimulate and give your facial muscles a more lifted and toned appearance.
An exfoliant, behind facemasks, has definitely got to be the one skincare product that can instantly transform your skin in the matter of minutes and proto-col’s microdermabrasion (£31.95), is no exception! The crushed diamond and pearl concoction is a mixture of a chemical and mechanical exfoliant that helps renew the skin within 60 seconds. Like the cleanser, add lukewarm water to the face whilst massaging the skin for one to two minutes then rinse. Make sure you focus on the chin and sides of the nose as this is where product can build up.
Every now and again I will use my dermaroller instead of an exfoliant, as I don’t want to upset my skin too much, to try and rejuvenate my skin and boost its natural collagen.
This is the best part of the facial and always helps open the pores ready for the remainder of the products. The easiest way I steam my face is to get a clean cloth and place into hot water but not boiling. I then place this over my face and leave for five minutes. Once the cloth gets cold I repeat the process again.
Ahh definitely my favourite bit. With the millions of masks that I own I always love choosing which one to go for. My current favourite is The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask (£17), a cooling mask perfect for a glowing finish. I also use eye masks and sit back to relax for 15-20 minutes letting the masks do all the work. My mask at the time of planning this post was the Beauty Pro Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask (£4.95), something that helps diminish those pesky dark circles.
Tone & Treat
This is where I usually continue with my everyday routine of using toner, any spot treatment and facial serum. This helps keep the skin calm and cooled. One thing I’ve changed slightly in my routine is using my hands to apply toner instead of a cotton pad and let me tell you it’s made a massive difference! My skin literally soaks it up leaving my complexion looking dewy.
Moisturiser, Eye Cream & Facial Oil
Again I would usually continue with my skincare routine to help keep my skin hydrated. Once I get to the facial oil I will do one last minute massage just to make sure my face is relaxed, toned and lifted.
What do you do in your at-home facial?