There are few things more relaxing than a trip to the beauty salon to be primped and preened – especially when you know you’re giving your skin a much needed boost. But getting a facial needn’t be a once a year treat. Now, with the vast array of products and tools on the market, you can give yourself a facial from the comfort of your own home.
Situation, situation, situation
One thing that makes a salon trip special is the whole experience of it. So when you want to give yourself a facial, take some time to transform your bathroom. Add some scented candles, get a new fluffy towel and put on some relaxing music. The best time to start things is after a shower as the steam is the perfect way to open up your pores and prep the skin for what’s about to come.
Clean and beautiful
Once you’ve got your pores open, you need to make sure your skin is nice and clean. While you can use your normal cleanser, it’s best to have a water-based option for an at home facial as it will really freshen the skin and inject some moisture. A foaming cleanser, like Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, is a good choice and will get your skin squeaky clean for the next step.
Scrub your cares away
The next stage is exfoliation. While your skin is now clean, you need to use an exfoliator to slough away the dead skin cells. If you’re only planning on giving yourself a facial once a week, or once a month, you can go for a slightly tougher exfoliator, such as Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains for Face. Sprinkle some in your hand, add some water and mix together for an effective scrub. Or for a gentler option, go for Nivea’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub Normal & Combination Skin.
With a completely clean, renewed skin base, your pores are at the perfect stage to absorb the goodness from a face mask. There are a huge variety on the market, so look for one that caters for your exact skin type. If you’re looking to invest in a face mask, trying out some sachets first is a good way to test things out before splashing out. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is a fantastic option if you have blemish prone skin, or give Pixi Glow Mud Mask a go if you want to revitalise and brighten your complexion.
Time for a (moisture) injection
Finish things off with a good boost of moisture. Depending on your skin, you could opt for a facial oil, or just stick to your regular moisturiser. After prepping your complexion with our routine, you can almost feel your skin soaking up the moisture. Follow this facial regimen once a month at first and build up to once a week for a relaxing skin boost that will definitely make a difference.
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