Being a qualified beauty therapist I know only too well how important it is to look after your skin and one of my life’s rituals is to give myself facials at home.
Our skin can sometimes cave in to life pressures such as stress, lack of sleep, busy lifestyle, over-indulgence, hormones – the list is endless, and for me personally I’ve had a few weeks of light and interrupted sleep where my skin has clearly been in need of some TLC.
Raiding through my box of skin care and facial treats, I decided I wanted to give myself a deep-cleansing and nourishing facial to perk up skin which I felt was looking a little dull and lacking in any kind of radiance….
Step 1 – Cleanse (twice!)
I use Special Cleansing Gel by Dermalogica – a soap free face wash lathered with a bit of water to take off makeup and grime. This wash never fails to keep my skin squeaky clean without upsetting it’s natural balance.
For my second cleanse, using the same product, I use my new favourite (skin) gadget – the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush – consisting of thousands of tiny bristles that massage deep in to the skin using the power of sonic vibrations, giving a deep and thorough cleanse. You only need to massage this on your face for one minute, using the green bristles to battle one’s “T-Zone”.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
I use a range of exfoliating products at home, but for this kind of facial I stick with Clinique’s Exfoliating Scrub. Feeling the granules massaging over my skin gives me great pleasure to know that my dead skin cells have no choice but to “get gone” with this product!
Step 3 – Mask (number 1!)
I use the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask from Bliss – a quick 5 minute mask that foams and provides a quick fix to dull and tired skin. Even on days when I don’t have time for a full facial, this is always a winner for a skin pick-me-up.
Step 3 – Mask (number 2!)
I love the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask – this clay-based formula literally does exactly what it says and only needs to be left on for 5-10 minutes to draw out impurities, targeting problem areas – happy days!
Step 4 – THE miracle water!
I absolutely adore the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – a refreshing product containing lots of nourishing vitamins and minerals encouraging great texture and clarity. I sometimes struggle with wearing a serum underneath a moisturiser as I don’t like my skin to feel over-layered with products, but this essence feels just like water and is quickly absorbed in to the skin.
Step 5 – Eyes
I know eye cream can easily be forgotten as part of anyone’s skincare regime – but it is so important because skin around your eye is different to the rest of your face and needs different (and more potent) ingredients to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I love bareMinerals Renew & Hydrate because it’s non-greasy and leaves the skin around the eye area looking revived.
Step 6 – Nourish
As I’m performing this facial before bed time, I’m happy to use an oil-based product to work its magic overnight. (My slightly shiny t-zone would not dare to venture out in the daytime with oil on it’s face….) Anyway, I use the heavenly Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules – they contain numerous anti-aging properties and antioxidants to improve skin elasticity, as well as nourish and replenish the skin.
Step 7 – Mineral treatment
There’s nothing like a light dusting of minerals on my face – especially bareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment which works overnight to help reduce the appearance of pores and improves radiance in time for work the next day. And it doesn’t rub off on my pillow whilst I sleep!
Step 8 – Last but not least
It’s no wonder the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is multi-award winning being so versatile. For me I drown my lips this hero product to soothe, soften and moisturise – keeping them supple…
And forever kissable 😉