DIY Homespa Facial

As we have been forced to adjust to lockdown life, we have all learnt to take care of ourselves whether it be a dodgy new haircut, threading our own eyebrows and waxing our own underarms. We still want to look and feel good, theres no reason to completely let ourselves go.

Lockdown or not I have my own routine of selfcare which I wanted to share, a home facial to unclog pores and rejuvenate tired, dull skin. It is very easy to perform a facial  at home and recreate the same as you would get in a spa facility.

I would recommend you start by creating the perfect environment at home of an evening switch your phone to silent mode, dim the lights, put on some spa music and fire up some candles. Immerse yourself in to a relaxing, aromatic ambience before you begin. I sometimes do all of this when winding down for the night and about to start a session of yoga. A great way to aid sleep. I also love burning incense, more suited if you want a stronger scent to linger.

The following is a step by step guide on how to start a facial once you have created the scene. I have included products in the main image above of the products I regularly use and highly recommend. All of which can easily be found online.

When you start your facial remember not forget your neck, décolletage and the cleavage area when massaging in the products. 

Cleanse - Using a facewash wash off any makeup residue you have on the skin
1. Double cleanse – Using a face wash, wash off any makeup residue you have on the skin. Cleanse again – Using a different cleansing method I usually use a cotton round with a toner to take off any excess debris that can be left on the skin
2. Steam – Using a nano steamer I spend 10-15 minutes steaming my face and opening my pores ready for the absorption of treatments, you can at this point do some extracting. I have a machine from Trophy Skin which is a portable microdermabrasion device. Works great but not always necessary.
Exfoliate - I like to be quite tough on my skin when getting rid of old\dead skin cells to help promote new soft skin. As my skin is not sensitive I can do this without coming out in red patches the next day, get to know your skin and go easy on your first facial.
3. Exfoliate – I like to be quite tough on my skin when getting rid of old\dead skin cells to help promote new soft skin. As my skin is not sensitive I can do this without coming out in red patches the next day, get to know your skin and go easy on your first facial.
Mask - The best mask to choose from would be a mud mask to pull out all the impurities from your pores, you just have to be patient and wait for it to completely dry so you can peel it off, if it is difficult to peel off then scrape it off first and apply warm water to rid of any leftover remnants. Do not wash it off like face wash you will just end up wiping the mask back in to your pores.
4. Mask – The best mask to choose from would be a mud mask to pull out all the impurities from your pores, you just have to be patient and wait for it to completely dry so you can peel it off, if it is difficult to peel off then scrape it off first and apply warm water to rid of any leftover remnants. Do not wash it off like face wash you will just end up wiping the mask back in to your pores. After this treatment you could use a sheet mask if you wish.
Tone - I like to tone everyday, morning and night this is an integral part of my skincare routine which avoids breakouts, sanitises the skin and gives me a nice clean base for makeup application but it this case it preps my skin for the application of the next step...
5. Tone – Always close your pores after treatments. I like to tone morning and night this is an integral part of my skincare routine which avoids breakouts, it also sanitises the skin and gives me a nice clean base for makeup application but in this case it preps my skin for the application of the next three steps….
Eye cream - Always apply eye cream on naked skin as you want it to be the first product to be absorbed around the eyes for maximum benefits. Take time to massage in to the crows feet area and the skin above the tops of your cheek bones.
6. Eye cream – Always apply eye cream on naked skin as you want it to be the first product to be absorbed around the eyes for maximum benefits. Take time to massage in to the crows feet area and the skin above the high point of your cheek bones. My favourite products to use for the eyes have to be Charlotte Tilbury’s magic eye cream and the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery.
Serum - I never used serums when I was younger but now in my 30s I feel like my mature skin needs this extra layer in hydrating my skin after cleansing. I would also recommend introducing a retinol product in to your skincare to apply after serums preferably at night.
7. Serum – I never used serums when I was younger but now in my 30s I feel like my mature skin needs this extra layer in hydration after cleansing. I would also recommend introducing a retinol product in to your skincare to apply after serums preferably at night. Start with a low dosage and acclimatise your skin to it first and then go for a higher level.
Moisturise - Use a thick moisturiser, ideally a night cream my favourite to use is this Weleda one as well as the Charlotte Tilbury night cream.
8. Moisturise – Use a thick moisturiser, ideally a night cream my favourite to use is Weleda Skin Food as well as the Charlotte Tilbury night cream. During the day I like to rotate and use Lancome Hydra Zen anti stress, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream and the Votary Superseed Nutrient Cream.
Facial oil - I tend not to use facial oil everyday as I feel its not a frequent need for my skin, but at the end of a facial I feel it necessary especially to lock in all your treatments whilst you sleep.
9. Facial oil – I tend not to use facial oil everyday as I feel its not a frequent need for my skin, but at the end of a facial I feel it necessary especially to lock in all your treatments whilst you sleep. Darphin 8 Flower Nectar oil is divine and such a treat to use at the end of a facial.

10. Mindful Massage – Massage the oil in to the contours of your face, under eyes and neck. The coolness of a Jade roller can help reduce any puffiness from the treatments I also really enjoy this part of the facial. A mindful process, take your time in really feeling the structure of your facial features, manipulate areas around the jaw to release tension and accentuate your cheekbones with pressure from your fingers. Massage in upwards motions from your décolletage to your neck. 

Heighten your senses and clear your mind completely and free it from the day’s stresses, take a very slow deep breath in as far as you can go and then exhale out the same way. Enjoy the fragrances emanating from your candles/oil burners and just relax.

All in all this may look like a long and laborious process but I promise you it is worth it and your skin will thank you for it, you will feel the difference instantly. If you’re anything like me you will thoroughly enjoy and luxuriate in this routine. When you are finished, if you have any residue left on your hands use it like hand cream and rub it in to your hands and fingers.

I have normal skin, it is not prone to breakouts and it is not dry either so the products I use may not be suitable for you if you have sensitive skin, I would advise you test the products first or can just use your own essentials that you are familiar with already.

I think a fortnightly facial integrated in your skincare is ideal but and however if this is not possible once a month is a MUST! Steps 1,5,6,7 and 8 is basically my daily skincare routine but with a layer SPF in the morning which is applied before makeup and in the evenings I use these steps with retinol.

On top of a regular facial, I also love to run an Epsom salt bath for a long soak followed by full body mud mask and exfoliation to leave baby soft skin! Great for when you are detoxing and the dry brushing of your skin/exfoliating helps encourage blood circulation and skin renewal.

With no idea when we can go back to a spa anytime soon we can make the best of what we can do at home to keep healthy physically and mentally.

For a quick facial in between
These are great if you are feeling lazy and would like a quick mini facial in between.
My bathroom cabinet. With all my favourite skincare and perfumes.

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