One of my favourite indulgences is to have a facial. Now I can neither afford to do this on a weekly basis or have the time for that matter. I do like to give myself a bit of a DIY facial once a week though. If you want to know my routine and the products I use then carry on reading…
The Double Cleanse
I like to use a cleansing oil to break down any makeup I might be wearing. I am currently using the Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Cleansing Oil £12 When massaged in with water this turns into a lovely milky constistency.
I then like to follow with Bioderma Sebium Miceller water from £5.10, to remove any last residue.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of exfoliating. This is because I usually end up feeling like my skin has been over stimulated and have some kind of reaction. Exfoliating is important though as it stimulates and speeds up cell renewal.
At a recent facial appointment I was recommended Decleor Phytopeel £28.
Rather than containing abrasive exfoliating particles this exfoliating cream contains lemon, marjoram lavender and thyme essential oils to provide a much gentler form of exfoliation.
My current facemask of choice is Origins Out of Trouble Mask, £24. I might be in my mid-thirties but I still have problems with frequent break outs. This helps to combat that and calm the inevitable redness.
I have written a full review previously, you can check that out here.
Once I’ve removed my mask I like to follow with a natural toner. This makes sure I’ve removed every last drop of mask and also helps to prime my skin ready for moisturiser.
My current toner of choice is Madre Labs Unscented Witch Hazel Toner, from £1.61.
This is a really cheap toner that is worth picking up from iherb.com.
I think of serum as an intense hit of superfood for my skin. In the past I have been told that my skin is dehydrated so I opt for a serum designed to maximise hydration.
Clarins new Hydra-Essentiel range is perfect for this. The Intensive Moisture Quenching bi-phase serum £44 has had a dramatic impact on my skin since I started using it.
If I am giving myself a DIY facial I tend to do this in the evening. It makes sense for me to use an Intensive night cream at this step. I am currently using The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream £29.
This feels very luxurious and indulgent on the skin and I do feel my skin is looking and feeling plumper Since I started using it.
The skin around the eyes is a lot thinner and much more delicate. I always use specifically targeted products for this area.
I am currently using Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour £41.
Now this is very pricey in my opinion but I was lucky to be gifted this at a blog event last September. I am still working through the same bottle so it does last a long time.
It was explained to me at the time that with Exuviance products the effect isn’t instant, the benefits are seen over a period of time (I’m talking months). Six months in I am definitely seeing the results. There are no lines around my eyes whatsoever! Big claim I know….
So I know that sounds like rather a complicated skin care regime. Do bear in mind that this is my once a week DIY facial. On a daily basis I’m too lazy to double cleanse and if I exfoliated everyday I’d have no skin left. Using a good nightcream and eye cream though are a daily essential for me.