When we think about luxury facials, we often picture being lay down in a relaxing sanctuary style room. A therapist tends to be stood over us, massaging in velvet-like creams, while the sound of a distant seashore can be heard in the background. There’s a lightly scented lavender eye mask sat weighted on our eyelids, a heated bed beneath us and an incense stick burning away in the corner of the room.
Have you fallen to sleep just thinking about it?
Of course, a professional facial tends to be carried out as I’ve just described, but it also involves a lot of money spent, along with a trip out to a professional salon or clinic.
While planning to make the most of time spent at home – or even if you’re just on a tighter budget – you can still make your skin smoother, softer and fresher by re-creating an indulgent facial experience at home. So, open those diaries. Circle this upcoming weekend. Swap your wine for lemon water and follow these steps to create a results-driven at-home facial.
THE PRODUCT LINE UP
Now let’s be realistic – quality products with carefully considered ingredients tend to give the best results, so don’t scrimp on your skincare products. If you have acne-prone skin, pigmentation or sun-damaged skin, you should be looking at using products packed with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid to shed away those dull skin cells and work on giving a glowing, clearer complexion.
Those with dry, flaky and dull looking skin should be investing in hyaluronic acid products to give their skin a deep hydrating treatment. For those with aging skin? Vitamin A infused products are brilliant!
For a full at-home facial experience, including a facial massage, you’ll need products which allow a deep cleanse, a clay mask to help with pores, an exfoliator, and a serum or oil to nourish. In terms of tools, the best ones to have to hand include a muslin cloth, a gentle facial buffer, face mask applicators and a jade roller.
THE AT-HOME FACIAL HOW-TO
1. DEEP CLEAN
First, make sure you’re working with a clean, product-free base. Use a creamy cleanser to deep cleanse your skin and use upward, long massage strokes to work the product deep into the skin. A good one to use is Decree Deep Cleanse, which has the perfect luxurious, velvet-like texture and is great for removing every last trace of dirt or grime.
Take a good minute or two massaging the cleanser in. When it comes to removing the cleanser, splash your face with a little warm water, and then rinse a muslin cloth in warm water and remove the cleanser for the skin. Lots of brands offer muslin cloths – check out Liz Earle or Temple Spa.
Use a gentle facial buffing pad to lightly exfoliate your skin before applying a face mask. You can get a super gentle one from So Eco, which can be slipped onto your fingers and lightly worked around the face in circular movements. You only need to do this for 30-60 seconds, just to prep your skin for a relaxing face mask.
Reach for a clay mask and prepare to let this work for around 15 minutes to really cleanse the pores and remove impurities. It’s always best to use silicone face mask applicators if you can, as they are much less messy to use and can apply the mask evenly and smoothly all over the skin. The 2 pack from Brushworks allows a larger head to apply the mask onto the cheeks, chin and forehead and the smaller head to really get into the sides of the nose, temples and around the brows and lips. Plus, they are such a hygienic tool to use!
Let the mask set for a good 15 minutes, being mindful not to let it get too ‘cracked’ (also, if you feel any stinging, remove it!). A good one to use which is great for purifying the skin is the Peel and Purge Clay Enzyme Mask from Magnitone. It’s packed with natural ingredients and allows for moisturising, along with tightening the pores and removing all impurities. After 15 minutes, splash with some warm water and use massage movements to remove. You can also use your muslin cloth rinsed in warm water to remove any stubborn bits.
After using a face mask, the final step will be to moisturize and massage. First, use a facial serum or oil to nourish the skin and seal in the moisture. Look at natural oils such as Rosehip oil – trilogy do a lovely one! If you wish, you can use your normal moisturizer if it’s one you know works well.
Then, take your jade roller and start to roll your skin slowly for 1-2 minutes. Jade rollers are said to reduce inflammation, ease puffiness and cool the skin, plus the rolling technique is great for plumping and firming, and really working your serum/oil into the skin. The key to massaging the face with a roller is to start for the corners of the mouth and roll upwards and outwards, in slow movements. You can use the smaller jade roller head (most come with two ends) to lightly massage the delicate eye area, too!
And voila – a relaxing, indulgent at-home facial treatment, complete with a massage! You should see your skin start to glow for the rest of the day/evening and the increased circulation should make you feel so much more refreshed and energised.