Scenario: your budget won’t allow for you to have an expert facial every week, but you don’t want to compromise on achieving your 2020 goal of a healthy, glowy complexion.
The solution: follow these simple tips and tricks on how to be your own super facialist. We’ll teach you how to use your existing (and new) skincare products to give yourself the ultimate at-home facial from the comfort of your home.
Most facialists will agree that using an oil-based cleanser as a pre-cleanser to remove makeup and surface level dirt, and following up with a more traditional cleansing format (e.g. a gel, cream or foam) is the ultimate way to clear the skin of any deep-dwelling oils, toxins and impurities.
As a result of introducing this extra step, your complexion will look and feel squeaky clean.
Choose a product format which suits your skin type
Renowned for picking up oils and washing them away with the most integrity, gel-based cleansers are generally a top pick amongst facialists for oilier skin types. In comparison, creamy cleansers tend to work well for drier skin types, as they are often boosted with butters, oils and pH rebalancing ingredients to optimise hydration.
So, where does that leave sensitive skin? As a general rule of thumb, you should start by looking for a product which does not include artificial colours or fragrances, as these two factors can exacerbate irritation in the skin.
To get the most out of your cleanser…
- Tie your hair back and make sure not the miss the hairline (a common mistake)
- Treat cleansing as ‘you-time’ – this means taking anywhere between 1-5 minutes (both morning and night) to really massage product into the skin. Completing this step will help to stimulate blood circulation.
- Pay extra attention to more congested areas prone to clogging e.g. the t-zone.
It’s time to brush aside the outdated misconception that physical exfoliation is the only way for you.
By striking the perfect balance between physical and chemical exfoliation, you’ll manage to resurface your complexion and promote new skin cell regeneration without causing skin tears and stripping essential oils.
Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid are all commonly used as chemical alternatives to facial scrubs. We recommend introducing any of our Salicylic Acid products to your regime if you have oily and/or blemish prone skin or trying our new Retinol Tonic Lotion (boosted with Glycolic Acid) if you’re hoping to minimise/reduce the signs of ageing.
Stick to a schedule which suits your skin type
If you’re opting for a physical scrub, it’s important to assess your skin type – just like a facialist would do. As our scrubs are boosted with reasonably sized scrubby microbeads to ensure skin is deep cleaned, they should ideally be used a maximum of 3 times per week.
If you fall into the oily skin category, we’d recommend scrubbing 2-3 times every week as this will help to remove excess oils, whereas scrubbing dry skin should be kept to a minimum of 1-2 times a week with our exfoliators, to ensure that essential oils are not stripped from your complexion.
After completing a thorough double-cleanse, it’s time to go in with your favourite face mask/s. Removing all dirt from the skin before masking enables your mask to delve deep beneath the surface without facing challenging blockages as a result of excess oil and dirt along the way.
Give multi-masking a try
Look beyond the fact that multi-masking became the Instagram buzzword of 2019 and saw us witnessing a number of girls showing off their multi-coloured masked faces; multi-masking is actually a really great route for combination skin.
If you have an oilier t-zone you’ll want to apply a clay-based mask to decongest this area, while applying a creamy alternative to dry patches will help to rebalance the skin.
Treat yourself to a lymphatic drainage massage
In layman’s terms, this means that you pat and press the skin repeatedly once product is applied to further remove toxins and waken those pores up. This is a popular facialist step throughout the entire skincare journey, regardless of the product being applied.
Any facialist will advise that, as they are lighter in consistency than your standard day or night cream, serums and boosters can penetrate the skin more easily, which is why they tend to include a higher concentration of a key ingredient e.g. Vitamin C.
We’re not saying completely banish your moisturisers and creams, as they serve a completely different purpose (usually formulated to re-inject the skin with moisture, hence the name), we’re just recommending that you carefully consider the right serum for your skin type and make sure it’s regularly integrated into your regime to tackle your primary skin concerns.
Opt for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum (especially if you’re 30+)
Facialists love Hyaluronic Acid due to its skin quenching and firming properties. The ingredient is renowned for rejuvenating lost collagen in the skin, a common effect of the ageing process. It therefore goes without saying that most facialists tend to look for this ingredient when searching for new serums for clients, especially when treating 30+ skin.
Facial oils are not only an ideal choice for pre-cleansing, they also provide an extra boost of hydration to the skin (which is hugely beneficial for dry skin types).
For optimum results, opt for an oil which includes a blend of aromatherapy oils (for example, our Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil) and treat the skin to an intense massage.
For the ultimate at-home facial experience, gently massage the hands in upwards motions from the neck to the face. Once applied, lie back for ten minutes in a state of mindfulness with some relaxing music and allow the oil to sink into the skin.
As with cleansing, making sure to apply moisturiser to the neck and chest is extremely important; this is one of the areas that displays the signs of ageing the quickest, so why neglect it?
We recommend introducing our Hyaluronic Acid Neck and Chest Cream to your routine, which has been specifically formulated with this area in-mind and helps to tackle the very first signs of ageing.
Choose ingredients which match your skin concern/s
When looking for a moisturiser or cream, it is important to make sure that you’re educated on the ingredients which work best for your skin type and will help to tackle your skin concerns.
We understand that browsing can be a little confusing and daunting, especially for those who are uncertain of what to choose, so we’ve labelled all of our collections with the key ingredient and the benefit it will offer (e.g. Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish), to make finding the right products that little bit easier.
Upwards motions are key
Avoid dragging the skin downwards and being heavy-handed when applying product. Gentle pressure should be applied, and product should be massaged into the skin in short upwards motions to help boost circulation and promote new collagen production (which is vital for firmer skin).