Wednesday, 9 May 2012

D.I.Y Facial Routine

I love a trip to a spa or salon for a professional facial treatment but at £50-£60 a time, it certainly isn't something I can afford to do every week.
It is something however, you can do yourself at home quite easily. Although it may not be as relaxing as having a therapist treat you, the benefits for your skin can be just as good. Especially if you are using the same high quality products as the therapist.
I try to give myself a home facial about once a week, although I don't always have the time to do the full version, so it's sometimes an express mini-facial.
These steps work great for guys and girls. Although I'm not sure how many guys would go something like this at home. However with the ever increasing trend for guys to visit salons, I'm sure it's not that uncommon.
The key to providing a relaxing spa at home experience is preparation. It's a good idea to get all the products needed lined up in the order you are going to use them. The minimum amount of fuss or disturbance during your treatment will help make it that bit more enjoyable and relaxing.
It's also a nice idea to play some relaxing 'spa-like' music and maybe use soft candle light to help create the experience, although it all depends how far you want to take it.

Items you will need;
  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliator
  • Mask
  • Toner
  • Serum / Facial Oil
  • Moisturiser
  • Eye serum / cream
  • Towels
  • Bowl or Facial Steamer
  • Cotton pads
  • Spa music (optional)
  • Candles (optional)
Step 1 - Preparation: Line up all your products in the order they will be used, with the caps / tops removed and labels facing the front. If you have opted for the music and candle light, now is the time put them on.
Step 2 - Cleanse: Using your chosen cleanser, cleanse your face thoroughly to remove daily grime, excess sebum and makeup (if you're wearing any). Rinse your face with luke warm water to finish and pat dry with a towel.
Step 3 - Cleanse again: The double cleanse is a bit of a therapist secret weapon. While the first cleanse removes the daily dirt & grime, the second cleanse treats the skin. Spend a little longer on the second cleanse. Give yourself a little facial massage to stimulate collagen production and help with lymphatic drainage. Deep breathing will also help encourage to the spa at home experience.
Step 4 - Exfoliate: Exfoliation is key to clearing away dead skin, it's also important for later when you apply your mask. Spend a couple of minutes massaging a gentle mechanical exfoliant or alternatively leave your chemical exfoliant on for it's required time. It's entirely up to you.
Step 5 - Steam: If you have high colour or rosacea you may want to skip this step You can use either a facial steamer or a bowl filled with just boiled water that has been left to cool for a minute or two. You can also add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil. Deep inhalations are very beneficial if you are feeling congested. Steam your face for about 5 minutes then pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Step 6 - Extractions (If required): Be extremely careful with this step and only extract spots that are 'ready' for extraction. Using a little dab of your favourite plant oil & essential oil blend over the area. Rap a piece of tissue paper around your index fingers and apply gentle pressure to unclog the pore. Never force a spot otherwise it may scar. If it doesn't unclog - leave it alone! Wipe the area clean with a cotton pad and toner.
Step 7 - Mask & Rest: Choose your mask depending on your skin issue. Clay based masks are great for people with oily / congested skin whereas creamy / oil based masks are more suited for drier skin types. Some people choose to apply a mask while in the bath. Personally, I don't like the steam from the bath water making the mask melt. Plus I find my bed a lot more comfortable than the bath tub. Apply the mask and pop a couple of cotton pads soaked in toner over the eye and rest for about 10-15 minutes. After that time, remove the cotton pads, rinse the mask off and pat the skin dry.
Step 8 - Tone: Apply your toner, either using some clean cotton pads or my preferred method your hands.
Step 9 -  Serum / Facial Oil: Apply you chosen serum or facial oil. If using an oil, you can give yourself further facial massage at this point.
Step 10 - Moisturise: Apply your moisturiser
Step 11 - Eye treatment: Apply your eye serum / moisturiser
Step 12 - Relax!

Follow these steps and it will at least keep your skin looking it's best until your next trip to the therapist.
Please vote on this months poll, which is all to do with how often you visit a spa / salon for a professional treatment.

Pampered Prince


  1. this is such a helpful post, thank you. I am going to try and treat myself once a week and do this. xx

    1. Thank you Alice. Everyone should give themselves a little treat and de-stress. Plus will give you chance to use your lovely new Elemis products xx

  2. Great post -- I can't help but fall asleep during the mask portion! Not such a problem with hydrating masks, but for anything clay-based I wake up with the worst case of redface and clay all over my pillows.

    1. Falling asleep is even better! You feel great afterwards haha
      Just keep a spare clean pillow case handy or maybe put a towel over the pillow first :)

  3. Great post & some handy tips :)

  4. Wow, this is awesome. I will definitely try this when I have the time :)

    1. Thanks Sophie. Let me know how you get. Hope you feel super relaxed afterwards :)

  5. Great post! Will definitely try this, thanks for sharing your tips! x

    1. Thank you. Let me know how you get on, hope you enjoy it :)


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