Covid has brought the beauty industry to a halt and many of us are suffering for it. Our skin is an important organ on our body and when your skin isn’t looking its best, you may not be feeling your best. It can be a simple process to give yourself an effective facial at home and knowing how to correctly take care of your skin is essential to your health.
There are many proven benefits to regular facials including reduced stress levels, slowing of the aging process, better blood circulation and improved acne and acne scarring.
Here’s how you can give your skin a much needed pick me up from the comfort of your own home.
Step One: Cleanse
The most essential part to an effective facial is having clean skin. Start by cleansing with an oil-based cleanser suitable for your skin type, this will be the first step in breaking down any residual makeup or dirt on your skin. Be sure to thoroughly work this into the skin for at least a minute before removing with warm water. It is important that your water is warm and not hot so that you don’t scald the sensitive skin on your face.
When cleansing, try not to use downward motions too often as over time this can drag the skin downwards, always try to use upward motions following the contours of the face to assist the skin in staying more youthful.
Step Two: Cleanse Again
Double cleansing is important to thoroughly clean your skin. Perform your second cleanse using a cream cleanser and work thoroughly into the skin. On this cleanse, you can introduce a cleansing tool such as a general cleansing brush or you can use something like the Foreo Luna Fofo Brush. This brush is electric and has soft silicone bristles with pulsating settings to massage the skin. Using a cleansing brush will allow the product to cleanse deeper than you can with just your fingers.
Step Three: Steam
Steaming the skin opens up the pores which allows extractions to be performed easier. Steaming is also cleansing, it allows any trapped dirt to be loosened from the pores, it helps to promote circulation, collagen and elastin and it hydrates the skin and allows your skin to better absorb your skin care products.
To steam the skin, you can simply boil some water and place into a heat-proof bowl. Sit with your face over the bowl with a towel over your head for at least 5 minutes but 10 minutes is ideal. If you’d prefer, you can purchase a facial steamer such as the Panasonic EH-XS01 Facial Steamer, which has three different steaming programs.
After steaming your skin may appear slightly red but should feel bouncy and you should be able to see your pores have opened.
Step Four: Extractions
Performing extractions is far easier to do after steaming your face and is important to creating a more renewed complexion. An extraction is the removal of black heads or whiteheads. You can do this using your fingertips, if you have short nails, or using an extractor tool. If you’re using your fingertips, be very aware of your pressure and if you feel pain, stop and let your skin rest, the spot or blackhead may not be ready to be popped yet. Wrap your fingertips in tissue and gently squeeze the area around the blemish until you see it pops and remove the residue with the tissue.
Step Five: Mask
Choose a face mask suitable for your skin type and skin concerns, whether it’s acne, excess dryness or oily. If you have combination skin or multiple concerns, you can mix and match your masks and apply in different areas. However, avoid chemical exfoliants after performing extractions. Follow the instructions on your selected mask. After removal, rinse your face with cold water to close up pores and prevent any dirt from entering your pores.
Step Six: Toner
Toner is an essential product for locking in the benefits of your products as well as removing any residual product left on your skin. It’s important to choose a toner suitable for your skin type but avoid any that contain alcohol, as this can dry out the skin. Saturate two cotton pads with the product and wipe over the face in upwards motions. Once done, wait for your skin to dry before applying any other products.
Step Seven: Serums
Apply your favourite serums in small amounts, using too much of a serum can stunt the effectiveness of the product. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and warm up between your hands before lightly applying to the face by patting into the skin. Be sure to research your serums before mixing too many together as certain acids shouldn’t be used with others and can cause damage to the skin.
If you want your facial to feel more luxurious, use a chilled jade roller in upwards movements to help the serums take effect and minimise any puffiness to the skin.
Step Eight: Moisturiser
Finish your facial with your favourite moisturiser applied gently in upwards movements.
Deep facials like this can be performed monthly or even bi-weekly if needed but will be most effective when used in conjunction with a regular skincare routine. In between facials it’s good to still use face masks and make sure you’re washing your face twice daily. This is also when you should be using chemical exfoliating treatments such as The Ordinary AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution. However, do not use chemical peels more frequently than twice a week, as this will cause skin sensitivity. If using these products, you must also use SPF daily.