If you're on a tight budget and can't afford professional facials every week, don't worry. You can still achieve your goal of healthy, glowing skin by following these simple tips and tricks to become your own Super Facialist. Learn how to use your existing skincare products, as well as new ones, to give yourself a rejuvenating facial at home without having to leave your comfort zone.
You may keep seeing the term ‘Double Cleanse’ and we’re about to bring it up again!
Double cleansing is a MUST! Facialists commonly recommend using an oil-based cleanser as the initial step to remove makeup and dirt from the skin's surface, followed by a second cleanse with a traditional cleansing format such as a gel, cream, or foam. This two-step cleansing method helps to thoroughly cleanse the skin of impurities, toxins, and deep-seated oils. By including this additional step in your skincare routine, your skin will feel and appear clean and refreshed.
Never sure whether to go for a gel, oil or foam cleanser?
Facialists often recommend gel-based cleansers for oily skin types as they effectively remove oils and impurities. For those with drier skin, creamy cleansers are usually preferred as they contain hydrating ingredients like butters and oils. However, those with sensitive skin should opt for products without artificial colours or fragrances, which can worsen skin irritation.
How to get the most out of your cleanser?
- Use lukewarm water and avoid hot water as this can strip the skin of natural oils
- Pat your face dry with a clean towel and avoid rubbing
- Make sure you finish off your cleansing routine with serums and moisturisers
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Alternate between physical and chemical exfoliants
Some people may think physical exfoliation is the only route to clear skin, in fact, if you get the perfect balance between physical and chemical this will be even better for your skin as you can resurface your complexion and promote new skin cell regeneration without damaging your skin.
Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid can be used as chemical alternatives to physical scrubs. Why not try our Salicylic Acid products if you have oily or blemish prone skin.
Exfoliate the right amount
It's important to note that even if you have oily skin, over-exfoliating can lead to irritation and sensitivity. It's always best to start with a lower frequency and gradually increase as needed, based on how your skin responds. Similarly, if you have sensitive skin, it may be best to avoid physical scrubs altogether and opt for a gentle chemical exfoliant instead. As always, listen to your skin and adjust your routine accordingly.
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Thoroughly cleanse before applying your mask
Cleansing your skin before applying a face mask is crucial for ensuring that your mask can work effectively. By removing all dirt, makeup, and oil from your skin, you allow the active ingredients in your face mask to penetrate deeper into your pores, providing maximum benefits. Additionally, cleansing before masking helps to ensure that your skin is free from any debris that could prevent the mask from adhering to your skin properly.
Multi- Masking is key
Multi-masking is a great way to customize your skincare routine to address specific skin concerns. For example, if you have oily and acne-prone skin on your forehead and chin, but dry and sensitive skin on your cheeks, you can apply a purifying clay mask to your forehead and chin, and a hydrating mask to your cheeks. This allows you to address multiple concerns at once without over-drying or over-moisturizing certain areas of your face.
Add lymphatic drainage to your routine
By patting and pressing the skin, you help to increase circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, which can help to reduce puffiness and promote a more radiant complexion. This technique is often used by facialists during facial massages and can be easily incorporated into your daily skincare routine at home.
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Serums are a great addition to your skincare routine, as they can provide targeted benefits to specific skin concerns. However, it's important to use them in conjunction with your moisturisers and creams, as they work together to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. When choosing a serum, consider your skin type and primary concerns, and look for ingredients that will address those concerns, such as hyaluronic acid for hydration or retinol for anti-aging. To get the most out of your serum, apply it after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising.
Choose a Hyaluronic Acid Serum (especially if you’re 30+)
Hyaluronic Acid is known for its excellent hydrating properties and is often used in skincare products to help plump and moisturise the skin. It can also help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare.
Add a facial oil to your routine to bring out all the senses
Using facial oils can provide extra hydration and nourishment to the skin, and incorporating an aromatherapy blend can add an extra element of relaxation to your at-home facial routine. Gently massage the hands in upwards motions from the neck to the face. Once applied, lie back for ten minutes in a state of mindfulness with some relaxing music and allow the oil to sink into the skin and work its magic.
Choose a moisturiser for your particular skin needs
There are so many ingredients out there and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! It’s important to use an ingredient that works best for your skin type and will tackle your skin concerns.
Don’t forget your neck and chest!
When moisturising your face, just apply a little more down to your neck and chest, this area of your body is one of the quickest to display signs of ageing.
Avoid dragging your skin when applying
Be gentle and use upward motions when applying skincare products as it can help prevent premature aging by promoting blood flow and collagen production in the skin. It's important to remember that the skin around the face and neck is delicate and should be treated with care.
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Keep an eye out for some more tips on how be your own Super Facialist from our Resident Skincare Expert, Charlotte Connoley.