Too busy to go for a facial? Give your skin some much-deserved TLC in the comfort of your own home.
Prep skin so that it is free of makeup or dirt. The double-cleansing method – using an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based one – gently removes impurities, and allows products to penetrate skin easily.
An essential step in most professional facial routines, steaming opens up pores, loosens dirt, removes dead skin cell buildup and hydrates skin. For those who do not own a facial steamer, recreate its effects by leaning over a bowl of steaming hot water with a towel draped over your head for five minutes. Alternatively, run a washcloth under hot water, wring it out, then drape it over the face after it has cooled slightly.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, evens out skin tone and brightens up dull complexions. Massage scrub in gentle, circular motions over your face (avoiding your delicate eye area) for one to two minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Mask, toner, mask
Charcoal, mud or clay masks draw out impurities from congested pores and rid skin of excess oil. Apply your mask then leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing with lukewarm water or a soft dampened washcloth. Use a gentle toner to remove any remaining traces of the mask and balance your skin’s pH levels. Rehydrate skin with a sheet mask. Remove after 10 to 20 minutes.
- Treat and moisturise
Is your goal to reduce pigmentation, dehydration, acne or ageing skin? Then amp up skin repair with a nourishing serum before using a moisturiser (that is appropriate for your skin’s needs) to lock in all the hydration.
If you use facial oils, end your session with a light yet soothing facial massage to boost lymphatic drainage and prevent wrinkles. Using sweeping motions from the centre of the face, work out and upwards systematically – across the forehead and temples, the jawline and the lower half of the face. Be extra gentle when massaging your delicate eye area.