Everyone loves a facial right? I know I definitely do! And although I really enjoy a professional one (especially if it's in a beautiful spa) it's not always within my budget. Which is why I've created my own at home alternative that I know is guaranteed to keep my skin happy, as well as my purse strings.
Another reason for doing my own facials is because it gives me an excuse for some "me time". I like to do mine on a Sunday, when I feel the stresses of the Monday morning blues creeping in. Sunday is a chance to relax before the week ahead.
I would advise that everyone caters their facial to their own skincare needs. I have combination skin and these products really work for me, but if you aren't used to acid exfoliators choose products that you love!
To begin my facial I like to properly cleanse. I do this by first splashing some luke warm water on my face, then squeezing out about a coin sized amount of Neroli Daily Brightening Cleanser (Super Facialist by Una Brennan) onto my hands and massaging it into my face, then washing off. At this point I let my face air dry completely before moving onto the acid.
I highly rate acid exfoliators for removing dry patches and keeping my skin clear. I apply one every day in my usual skin care routine, but I would recommend building up usage if you have never used any before as they can be harsh, especially on sensitive skins which mine is. Also don't forget to use an SPF after application as your skin can be more sensitive to the sun. I love love love the Pixi skincare range. Pixi glow is A-MAZ-ING, a cult product among bloggers and skincare lovers alike; however, I use Glow Peel Pads for ease (and basically laziness) as it's a seriously quick addition to my routine. I basically rub the pre-soaked pad all over my face, around my chin and down my neck using the textured side to get as much exfoliating power as possible. I leave it on for two to three minutes and then bring back my cleanser, squeeze another coin sized amount, and apply it by massaging the product into the face. I then wet a clean flannel with warm water and use circular motions to remove all the product from my face. You may need to rinse and repeat with the flannel to really ensure all the product is wiped off.
Next comes the fun bit, choosing your favourite mask. I like to pick one dependant on how my skin is at the time/what time of year it is. I have to say I know there are mixed reviews out there but I love a bit of Glam Glow. Although a new favourite which is great (especially as we are coming into winter and will need that extra bit of hydration) is the new Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask from Garnier. It's a bit fiddly to put on at first, but I think I have it down to a fine art now. Once on you can feel all the lovely serums sinking into your face. The packing says to rub in any left-over mask but I think unless your applying product the less contact the better so I let any residue product on my skin air dry after removing the sheet.
Lastly it's time for the finishing touches. I have a few serums I really like but my favourite of them all (Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum) was one I only discovered at the start of this year when the lovely Kathryn O'Neill told me it was something I needed to try, she wasn't wrong. I take three or four drops of product and gently pat it onto my skin. I let it absorb, after which I take my trusted cheap and cheerful Nivea Q10 Plus Day Cream and gently wipe it in to finish my perfect at home facial.
If you love to create your own spa treatments let me know what your favourite products are...