Let’s be honest, few of us have the time or budget for weekly facials, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trick your skin into thinking you’ve spent a few hours at the spa! Try this DIY facial at home:
Step 1: Double Cleanse
In order to really give yourself a facial your skin needs to be completely clean and the best way to do that is to jump on the double cleansing bandwagon. The reason this technique has become so popular could be put down to a backlash against face wipes – yes they’re quick and easy but they’re very unlikely to genuinely remove all of your make-up, let alone actually clean your face. By removing all traces of make-up with an oil-based cleanser before then cleaning your skin with a creamy cleanser that’s kind to pores, you’re giving your skin the ultimate treat. We love the Pixi double cleanser because it’s packed full of Vitamin C, E and Peptides – all great for the skin. Use a muslin cloth when removing the second stage for a gentle exfoliation.
Step 2: Exfoliating Mask
The next step in your DIY facial is to get rid of the built up dead skin cells that are no doubt giving you a dull complexion. We rate the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel because to exfoliate the skin it uses glycolic acid, which has proven anti-ageing effects, so it gets to work quickly and efficiently. Apply with your fingers all over the face and neck (you can bring it right down to your chest if you wish). Leave on for up to 10 minutes (your skin might tingle slightly) and then rinse off. Relax for 5 minutes with nothing on your skin (flick through a magazine or pop some cucumbers on your eyes and lie back) to give your face a rest before the next step.
Step 3: Moisture Masks
Now you have clean, exfoliated skin that has been perfectly primed to absorb some much-needed moisture. For this step try the Gatineau Professional Moisturising Cream Mask from QVC.com as it’s thick, luxurious and has an instant plumping effect. It comes with a brush to apply, pop it on all over the face (avoiding the eye area) and leave on for 10 minutes. Whilst that’s on, also try the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask for specific targeted action around the sensitive eye area. Then sit back and relax.
Step 4: Seal It All In
Once you’ve peeled off the eye masks and rinsed the Gatineau mask off your skin will be feeling amazing – just how it does after a spa facial – plumped, soft, clean and gorgeous. So now you just want to seal all of that goodness in the skin with a good overnight moisturiser, we like the Origins Make A Difference™ Night which is packed full of ingredients to lock in moisture. After all, overnight is when your skin does the most work repairing itself, so creating a good moisture barrier is vital.
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