You don’t need to splash the cash to look a millon dollars. Pamper your skin in your own four walls with these 3 steps to an at-home facial.
Taking care of your skin and treating it to regular pampering sessions is essential if you want to keep it looking its best. When it comes to facials, however, you don’t need to go to a spa and pay someone else to do it – if you have your own skincare regime at home, you can use your own products to give yourself one. It’s just as beneficial and is the perfect excuse for some ‘me time’.
I rarely have a professional facial as I enjoy the pampering process of going through the steps myself. If you regularly pay for facials, you could save yourself a lot of money by cutting down on this and buying some good quality skincare products to use on yourself at home instead. I’m going to take you through my favorite products and the steps that I go through for a hydrating and brightening at-home facial. As you use each product, give your face a gentle massage and tap all of the products into your skin.
It’s important to start by cleansing your skin. If I have makeup on or if I’ve been out during the day (and hence subject to daily grime and pollutants), I like to double cleanse. This means that I use a balm cleaner first that will remove all of this with its oils, then I follow with another cleanser that has more skin benefits and will make sure that my face is completely clean. I love to use the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£38 from M&S) followed by the Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Cleanser (£32 from Space NK), which is extremely hydrating and nourishing and also contains lots of antioxidants to protect the skin.
I’m also a firm believer in using a toner after cleansing. Wiping some on a cotton pad over your face will remove any last traces of your cleanser, as well as soothe, restore your skin’s pH balance and lock moisture into your skin. The Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner (£16 from NYR) is great and suitable for sensitive skin.
This is when you get to sit back and relax for 20 minutes while reeping the benefits from a sheet mask. These masks are soaked with serum, which penetrates your skin. Put your mask in the fridge before use for a more refreshing and skin firming experience. 111Skin is a brand created by a Harley Street cosmetic surgeon who wants to help deliver clinical results at home. The 111Skin Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask (£20 for one from 111Skin) is incredible and you won’t be able to stop stroking your face after using this. It’s hydrating and moisturising, and the 24K gold ingredient stimulates circulation to add radiance.