Clean: J.W.ANDERSON SS 16; BIODERMA Sensibio H20 Cleansing Make-up Removing water.Shop
Cleanse: STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 16; EVE LOM cleanser.Shop
Exfoliate: ZAC POSEN SS 16; SU-MAN Exfoliating Facial polish.Shop
Mask: CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION SS 16; OMOROVICZA Deep Cleansing mask.Shop
Treat: ISABEL MARANT SS 16; SKINCEUTICALS C E Ferulic serum.Shop
Hydrate: ANTHONY VACCARELLO SS 16; COLBERT MD Soothe Night cream.Shop
Treat yourself. An at-home facial takes a few steps, but it’s not for the everyday. Once a month is ideal. See it as a special something and give yourself the time. Cancel your plans, set aside an hour and wind on down.
Start over. You'll need to begin with a blank canvas. Using Bioderma Sensibio H20 Cleansing Make-up Removing water, soak a cotton pad and gently wipe your face, neck and eyes to remove all make-up. Repeat this step until the cotton pad comes up clean.
Cleansing the skin is one of the most important steps in your facial routine. You want to remove dirt, excess oils and environmental pollution that builds up during the day. Using the Eve Lom cleanser, massage a teaspoon amount onto the face and neck and using enough warm water to allow the cleanser to soften and foam. Move you fingers in a circular motion and be sure not to pull on the skin. Massage deeply to activate the muscles under the skin; using your knuckles here works well. Be sure to cleanse right up to the hair line, under your jawline and down onto your neck. Need inspiration? Facialist and skincare specialist Su-Man Hsu's at-home facial massages are well worth emulating. You can watch her how-to video here.
Here you can double cleanse: take a moment to read your skin to see if this is necessary. You may not always need to complete this step - just as it is important to cleanse the skin thoroughly, it is important not to over-wash the face. If you feel like your skin could benefit from cleansing a second time it's best to first use an oil cleanser and follow with a gel or cream cleanser.
It's important to match the exfoliant with the results you are trying to achieve. Avoid beaded exfoliates and instead opt for exfoliating agents such as oats, sugar or bamboo. Scrub lightly and in circular motions, paying particular attention to problem areas of the face. The Su-Man Exfoliating Facial polish uses coffee grains to scrub and energise the skin.
Steaming is a great way to open the pores and loosen any blockages. There are a number of ways to steam the skin but the easiest is to soak a washcloth in hot water and then lay over the face, allowing to rest for five minutes. Ensure the temperature is hot enough to be effective but still cool enough to touch.
Fight the urge to squeeze spots. If there are any you are worried about use a cotton tip and apply tea tree oil or a paste of water and baking soda directly on the area. Leave for five minutes before removing with water.
Take a moment to relax right. Here's your chance to read a book, meditate, soak in a bath. Apply the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing mask to your face and neck, avoiding the eyes, and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave on any longer, when the mask becomes hard and crumbly. Wash off with warm water.
Now that your skin is clear, a treatment serum can better penetrate the skin and work more effectively. Apply Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum to the face and neck. Allow to soak into skin for a few minutes before moving on to the final stage.
You’ve got to hydrate right. To finish your at home facial choose a moisturiser that's suited to your needs. The Colbert MD Soothe Night cream is both rich and calming, perfect for before bed. Spend an extra couple of minutes to really massage the cream into the skin to help it reach its full potential.
WORDS Ellen Presbury