Nuala Woulfe offers tips on how to replicate a salon-worthy facial in the comfort of your own home.
As there is a lot of interest in ‘how to do a skin treatment at home, here we go, these little treats make us not only look great but feel great too. Thankfully, self-isolation can still mean self-indulgence, so here are my tips for a beautiful night in.
Firstly, tell the family that you need some guilt-free “me time”, an hour or so away from the bustle of kids, household chores / meal prep etc where you can put yourself first. When possible, start your night-time facial about an hour before you go to bed because it not only prepares you for a good sleep, but it gives you the time to really take care of your skin. Dim the lights and put some soothing music on in the background to create the perfect ambiance to rest and relax.
Although you may not wear any makeup now, always start with a thorough cleanse to remove the build-up of daily dirt and grime. Cleansing your skin thoroughly is a very important step in a daily skincare routine. Jut be aware not to strip your skin with harsh cleansers and solutions. Another thing to be aware of is harsh cleansing tools – be gentle. Use a cream cleanser first to ensure the oily residues can be removed to give a deep cleanse. Then you could do a second cleanse using a gel wash to clarify the skin.
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Once you face is cleansed, exfoliate with Retexturising serum – a liquid exfoliator by SkinCeuticals. This is excellent for skin brightening as it resurfaces and evens out tone while minimising the visibility of lines, scars, dark spots, blemishes and enlarged pores.
• It exfoliates and hydrates at the same time.
• Diminishes the appearance of surface lines and smoothes skin
• Increases the look of overall radiance
• Balance’s moisture levels
• Ideal for all skin types
• Stimulates enzymes that help break the bonds that bind dead cells to the surface of the skin, to diminish surface lines and wrinkles
1. 25% hydroxyethyl urea/aminosulfonic acid compound - This unique patented combination of ingredients is designed to stimulate enzymes that help break the bonds binding dead skin cells to skin’s surface, to evenly exfoliate skin while maintaining the skin’s moisture levels.
2. Kombucha - A by product of the tea fermentation process, this naturally derived ingredient promotes radiant, soft, smooth skin.
3. Hyaluronic acid -This powerful natural humectant provides long lasting hydration to improve the look of skin texture.
Following this some hyaluronic serum, massage into your skin – face and neck. On top of this apply your hyaluronic mask – you have two options – Phyto corrective mask which contains hyaluronic combined with anti-inflammatory cucumber and thyme. This mask can be used on any skin type.
Hydrating B5 gel mask is another option - Add some major moisture back into your complexion with this intense hydrating B5 gel mask. It also contains hyaluronic acid to help attracts moisture and keep you dewy all day.
Massage for 5 to 10 minutes on your face and down on to your chest – this helps stimulate your circulation to brighten your complexion and take down puffiness. You can use a Jade roller – or a Gua-Sha Face Tool, to cool skin, and soothe overworked muscles.
Hydrating B5 Gel mask
Next you can apply a mask – to leave on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes - When it comes to face masks every girl/guy has a type. Some are all about a gel-like texture, some love the ease of sheets, and others like the intense clarifying and brightening that comes with Clay masks, made from natural earth clay, they are ideal for drawing out impurities from clogged pores, and Clarifying Clay Mask from SkinCeuticals is no exception.
Using earth clays—kaolin and bentonite—the mask helps decongest clogged pores and lift away impurities like built-up dirt, makeup, and dead skin. The clay blend is also great for helping to remove excess oil that can lead to breakouts or that dreaded layer of sheen and shine.
The formula’s 5 % hydroxy acid blend works to refine the skin. This combination of malic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and glycolic acids gently exfoliates away built-up dead skin cells on the skin’s surface leaving skin looking smooth and feeling refreshed. The mask contains aloe and chamomile, botanicals known for helping to calm and soothe the skin.
Clarifying Clay Mask
To use, apply a thin layer to a clean face, neck, and chest and allow it to set for 10-15 minutes. After the time has elapsed, rinse the mask away with lukewarm water. If you like you can emulsify the mask with some gentle cleanser and remove with a clean warm wet face cloth.
(You can add a small amount of this mask to your second cleanse twice a week to enhance the cleansing properties.)
You may choose to apply one of the Hyaluronic masks – rinse some larger oval cotton pads in water. You might like to pop them is a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer in advance of disappearing off to do your treatment to cool – 5/10 minutes is sufficient. Lie back with your mask on and pop the cool eye pads on your eyes.
Remove the mask thoroughly.
(note if you have only applied the hyaluronic mask – you can simply massage into your skin and leave it)
To finish off your skin treatment use some skin tonic on damp cotton wool.
Apply HA Intensifier which is a triple Hyaluronic serum, combined with collagen boosting Proxylane – ( the different weights of hyaluronic is excellent for bring active ingredients deeper in to your skin .
Depending on your skin type choose a treatment to suit .