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 favourite 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.
Step One - Cleanser & Tone
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.
Step 2 - Sheet Mask
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.
If you want to add something cooling and refreshing to your eyes at this stage, the Anne Semonin Express Radiance Eye Cubes (£43 for six from Cult Beauty) are good. They contain anti-inflammatory Gingko Biloba and should be stored in your freezer. You could also just wrap ice cubes in some gauze too, to gently roll over your eyes, as essentially the soothing and de-puffing effect of the Anne Semonin cubes comes from the cryotherapy i.e. the fact they are frozen and delivering a dose of extreme cold to your skin.
Step 3 - Oil, Eye Cream & Moisturiser
Where you would usually apply a serum in your daily routine, you are getting this from your sheet mask, so you should skip this step. Follow your mask with a facial oil, eye cream and moisturiser.
Even if you have oily skin, using a facial oil is still really beneficial to your skin and won't actually make it more oily. The Suti Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil (£39) is a good choice for most skin types. All you need is a few drops. It will lock moisture into your skin, provide antioxidant protection, nourish your skin and improve skin texture and elasticity.
I use a daily anti-ageing eye cream, but when I am giving my skin a proper treatment, I like to use the Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment (£45), which is more intensive and one that I usually use just a couple of nights per week. It's a professional strength treatment that really de-puffs, smoothes and firms the skin under your eyes, and it's so refreshing too. Follow this with your moisturiser. The Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer (£69) is perfect for a hydrating and brightening at-home facial. It's infused with diamond dust to give you a luminous complexion and a soft-focus look that blurs fine lines. It's also packed with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid to leave your skin plump and soft.
So there you have it, an easy at home facial that won't break the bank!
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