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.
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.