Beauty at home doesn't have to be difficult
It's now more important than ever to look after your mental health, and we'd say that one of the finest ways to do so is to bring a spa experience into your own bathroom.
Enter the do-it-yourself facial.
Sure, you won't be able to duplicate your favourite facialist's perfectly positioned finger strokes or transform your bathroom into an aromatherapy haven with distant beach sounds.
However, you can make your skin smoother and softer at home by recreating a near-professional experience with our At Home Facial Kit.
Make yourself a refreshing glass of cucumber water and indulge in some serious self-pampering with these expert-approved techniques.
Step 1: Start with a double cleanse
Cleansing the skin and starting with a clean palette should always be the first step in any type of facial.
A double cleanse is a good way to start an at-home facial. Begin by cleansing your skin with our Uplifting Cleanser combined with the Eco Makeup Cloth to melt away makeup and dead skin cells while maintaining the lipid barrier.
Next, dampen your face and squeeze a small amount of the Uplifting Cleanser onto your fingertips and massage lightly into your face and neck in circular motions. Rinse your face and pat dry.
Step 2: Exfoliate
After cleansing, it's time to exfoliate, or slough off the top layer of skin cells and excess oils, to ensure that the ingredients penetrate and that the other procedures are as effective as possible.
Soak the Purifying Konjac Sponge in warm water until it becomes soft and 'squishy'. Squeeze out any excess water and lightly wipe over your face in circular motion.
Don't forget to focus on the area around your nose to get rid of oil build up and blackheads.
Step 3: Tone
Dispense a small amount of the Calming Toner onto a cotton pad and gently wipe over your face and neck to reduce inflammation, refine your pores and rebalance your skin's pH.
Step 4: Steam
Fill a bowl with hot water and position your face over the bowl with a towel over your head to let your skin 'open up'.
You don't need a fancy at-home device in order to reap the benefits of steaming.
A good old-fashioned bowl with a tea bag will do a fantastic job of softening the skin and opening the pores. Take a look at our Top Teas for Glowing Skin article for some inspiration which teas have a positive affect on your skin.
Relax and breathe in the aroma for about five to 10 minutes to let your pores open up.
Be very careful, as hot steam can burn skin quickly. If the water is too hot, it’s best to let it cool for a few minutes.
Step 5: Mask Up
Open the sachet of the hydrating face sheet mask and apply carefully onto your face, tug into position until snug and smooth over your eyes and nose.
Sit back and relax while you leave on the mask for 10-15 minutes.
Peel off the mask and massage the remaining serum over your face and neck.
Step 6: Moisturise and Massage
After you've finished your facial steam bath, the #skingoal is hydration, hydration, hydration.
Use Merindah Botanicals certified organic Rosehip Oil and give yourself a face massage to promote blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
It's critical to massage the skin with highly moisturising, nutrient-rich products like our Luxurious Face Cream. Start at the chin and slowly stroke outwards for a great facial massage.
Apply a similar pattern to all regions of your face, including areas such behind your ear lobes, behind your nose, and the center of your forehead that are generally overlooked.
As long as you don't push too hard, you can use your fingers, a roller, or a gua sha tool – whatever you have on hand. But don't bruise yourself.
The objective is to proceed very slowly and concentrate on draining rather than rubbing.
Don't forget to set the mood — and enjoy it!
We are surrounded by so much noise of all kinds, so I think it's incredibly vital to create an environment for oneself.
Add things like an essential oil diffuser, candles, music, and crystals in your home spa.
After all of the hard work of washing, exfoliating, and masking is done and you're enjoying a gentle face massage, light a candle, listen to soothing music, and give yourself some "lymphatic love."
Doing a facial whilst soaking in the bathtub feels super luxe, and adding music is a must.
What not to do during a facial at home
There are some parts of a professional facial that should always be left to the experts. Extractions are at the top of the list because they can cause scarring and aggravate inflammation associated with a breakout.
It's very important to keep our hands away from our faces because you don't want to transfer any germs from your hands to your face and cause an infection.