A DIY home facial could be transformative for your skin and your mood. Spend time to properly layer you skincare and giving yourself a little massage – it’ll help you feel totally blissed out and you’ll emerge from your COVID-19 stress with a healthy glow.
So, put on a playlist, light a scented candle (or some aromatherapy) and give your skin some well-deserved attention. Delve into our step-by-step guide; we’ve picked our favourite skincare treats to show you how to do a facial at home and master the process.
Before we start:
A general rule for home facial routines routines is to work your way up from thinnest to thickest formulas – from water based to creams and oils.
Don’t rinse your hands straight away after applying your products – they probably need some extra love at the moment, so massage in your hydrating creams and serums to let the goodness sink in.
Begin your home facial with a thorough cleanse to ensure skin is prepped for all your other serums, lotions and potions. Take time to really massage the cleanser into your skin, getting into every crevice where congestion can occur – not forgetting up by your hairline and the corners of your nose. Facialist advise this cleansing should take up to five minutes, using it as an opportunity to begin your facial massage for increased blood flow and toxin drainage.
Unlike some harsher cleansers, there’s no need to worry about tightness after using The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. It removes makeup and impurities as it retains your skin’s moisture. Star of the show is squalane, a first-class hydrator that’s found naturally in the skin, helping to prevent loss of moisture and boost suppleness.
Gentle exfoliation should be your next facial step – this will buff away dead skin cells that can lead to dullness and congestion and it’ll also help your other skincare work more effectively, as it will allow them to penetrate deeper into your skin.
Exfoliators are generally split into two types – chemical and physical. We recommend the chemical option. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution helps fight visible blemishes, reduces pore congestion and fine lines for a bright, youthful complexion..
Give your skin a sweep of toner. It might not get much of a look-in during your regular skincare regime, but a quick application of toner can make a noticeable difference. Removing excess oil and reducing the look of pores, it basically restores your skin’s zen and helps prep for the rest of your routine.
Discover the The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, an mild exfoliation to boost radiance and visibly restore clarity, giving the appearance of smoother, brighter skin.
Apply a powerhouse serum. Starring potent actives, they can literally transform your skin from dull to damn dreamy in seconds, so don’t skip this step in your DIY facial routine.
A perfect antidote to this sorry state of affairs, The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% targets multiple signs of ageing at once. It simultaneously works to maintain normal immune function and reduce inflammation resulting in a smoother, more even and more radiant complexion.
Finish off with a layer of moisturiser to lock in hydration. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA protects and hydrates the skin’s outer layer. Offering immediate and long-lasting relief, this amino acid-packed formula soaks into the skin in the most effective, natural way.