I have been meaning to do this post for quite a while! Working on the beauty floor in a department store I often heard colleagues talk about doing a facial at home, and I just didn’t understand how you could do you own facial. Sounds silly, but I just kind of associated facials with being at a salon and booking yourself in for a treat, it didn’t dawn on me that you probably already have all the things you need to do it yourself at home!
I had a little chat around and searched online to make sure I had it right, and now I’ve tried and tested doing my own facial, its bloody lovely! I just need to bribe Jack into letting me give him one too…
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Make-up remover
- Bowl or sink and some hot water
- Flannel or equivelent to remove product from your face
- A face mask
- Cotton pads
- TIE YOUR HAIR BACK, AND REMOVE YOUR MAKE-UP
You don’t have to, but if you have long hair it makes it a lot easier to tie your hair back or use a head band to keep it from getting in the way. When removing makeup I would choose a method thats as gentle as possible. If you only have wipes or micellar water then that will be fine, but if you have a balm or cleansing oil that will feel a little more luxury and less ‘business as usual’.
Now all you’re make up is gone, its time to start the good stuff! Gentle massage your cleanser into your face and neck, depending on the type of cleanser you’re using you might need to dampen your face first. Massage in circular motions from the centre of your face outwards. Once all the product is worked in, either rinse away or gentle wipe away with a wet flannel.
Dampen your face again, and massage in the exfoliator to work away at grime and dead skin cells. Use circular motions, Don’t be too rough! This is supposed to be nice and relaxing and give your skin the TLC is deserves.
My favorite part! If you’re in the bathroom you can just use your sink, but if not then grab a bowl and fill with hot water. Lean over the sink or bowl and put the towel over your head so it traps all the steam around your face. If you have them handy, add some bath salts or essential oils such as lavender. Depending on your tolerance levels you can stay here for 20 mins, but at least 5 will still do your skin good. If you have especially dry skin this could irritate your face, so skip this step if you feel it will do more harm than good.
5. FACE MASK
After steaming, pat down or splash your face with some cool water and then dry your skin. Apply the face mask and make sure to check the instructions for how long to leave it on. Avoid your eye area, the skin is too delicate for most face masks! If you feel like you want to give the under eye area some love then apply some eye cream and leave it on without rubbing in properly, work the rest of the product in just before you remove your face mask. Use warm water and a flannel to take the face mask off.
Pop some toner on a cotton pad and apply to your face using sweeping motions from the centre of your face outwards
Now its time to put some moisture back into your skin – if you have a special moisturiser you rarely use, this is a great excuse! I usually dot my moisturiser on my forehead, both cheeks, chin, neck and a teeny bit on my nose, and use sweeping, upwards motions from the centre of my face, outwards. On my neck I use sweeping motions from the bottom of my neck, up towards my face.
Try to give yourself a facial once a month! Enjoy! Let me know if you try this routine out and what you think of it!
Love, Chelsea xxx