There are some beauty benefits to lock-down such as the speedy bed-to-desk commute and not having to bother with hair-styling or make-up – which you would think would leave your skin in better condition than it’s ever been right? Apparently not. For many, the reality of being cooped up has caused an increase in breakouts, spots and dry/flaky skin.
Whether this applies to you or not, if skincare is important (and it should be) then take a good look at what you’re eating (too many snacks and not enough fresh fruit and vegetables) and whether you’re drinking enough good liquid (herbal teas, water rather than lots of coffee and alcohol) and keep your stress levels in check (meditation, deep breathing, yoga). You might also attempt a weekly, self-administered, at-home facial.
This simple step-by-step treatment will help to cleanse your skin, stimulate skin cells, hydrate and nourish it, making your skin look radiant; performed once a week it will also help keep your skin in optimum health so you’re less prone to breakouts, congestion and dehydration.
Step one: The Double Cleanse
With any type of facial, the first step should always be to cleanse, this helps to prep the skin so that you ‘start with a clean palette’. Gently work the cleanser into your face especially around the t-zone, forehead and chin inlcuding under your chin and your neck. Rinse with warm water. Pat your face dry and repeat the process; starting at the bottom and working upwards and outwards before rinsing clean with warm water.
Step two: Exfoliate
Be gentle – a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin. Massage gently around the face with your fingertips for about a minute, working upwards from your neck and under your chin up the sides of your nose and outwards over the forehead coming down the sides of your face, being careful around the eyes. Make sure you get in all the nooks of the face, including on and around the lips, then rinse clean and pat dry.
Step three: Mask
By this stage your face should already feel much softer and be looking a lot clearer. Apply any re-hydrating face mask no matter what skin type you have, even oily, and relax (in a bath perhaps) for 10-15 minutes. Again, don’t forget the neck. Remove the mask with a warm damp (muslin if you have it) cloth softly wiping it off in small motions without dragging your skin.
Step four: Tone
Toning helps to close and clean the pores. It also restores the pH balance of the skin.
Step five: Moisturise
Finish with your choice of moisturiser (or night cream), gently massaging the cream onto face and neck, letting it absorb into the skin.