With salons closing soon, you should consider treating yourself to a well deserved and affordable pick me up in the form of a facial. From the comfort of your home, in 5 easy steps!
Here at The London School of Beauty & Make-Up, we have worked alongside our knowledgeable beauty tutors to compile a step-by-step list for your at home, spa quality, facial!
First things first, set the mood! This can be something as simple as turning a candle on, pouring yourself a drink of your choice and playing some relaxing music in the background. Whatever takes you to your most serene state.
Now that you’re comfortable, let’s get started.
Whether you have makeup on your face or not, you want to start your facial with a clean palette. This will ensure that you’re not locking in the dirt and products can sink in better.
A double cleanse is highly recommended: Start off with an oil based cleanser that will lift all the makeup and sebum on your face enabling you to wipe them away with a warm face cloth. Then proceed to use your usual cream or gel face wash. Cream based cleansers are more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Gel based cleansers are suitable for those with oily and acne-prone skin.
It is important to know your skin type to ensure that you are using the right products for you.
To steam your face at home there is no need to rush out and buy any fancy equipment. A good old bowl, some boiling water and a towel over your head will do the trick. You can even add some essential oils such as tea tree to the water for a calming and therapeutic experience. Tea tree is also known for its antibacterial properties!
Steaming is beneficial for your skin as it opens up your pores. Clogged pores are one of the biggest causes of breakouts so it’s important to deep clean them and remove all the dirt that could be trapped in there.
Now that your pores are opened up, you can begin exfoliating. Exfoliation helps scrub away at the top layer of skin, removing dead skin cells and enabling products to be properly absorbed into your skin.
There are three types of exfoliation and it’s all down to your preference which one you may choose to use:
Be careful when exfoliating as you don’t want to overdo it! It is important to remember that your skin is delicate and you don’t need to scrub too hard! If your exfoliator of choice is a scrub, go easy on the pressure as not to damage your skin!
This is our favourite part of the facial! The mask you would use would depend on the issues you are hoping to tackle.
If you are looking to control oils then why not opt for a clay mask which effectively draws out the excess oil and impurities. Sheet masks, on the other hand, are great if you want to hydrate your skin, leaving a lasting glow.
You can even make a mask out of common ingredients you have in your kitchen so you don’t have to break the bank! We do however recommend researching the ingredients beforehand and their benefits.
A nice, simple mask can be made from just oats and hot water (like porridge for your face!) and is great for calming the skin, reducing inflammation and redness.
Once you’ve finished using and removing your mask of choice. You can move on to the final step which is ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Take your time massaging in your serums and creams of choice, keeping motions upwards so as to not drag the skin. Moisturisers are the key to locking in all the beneficial ingredients you’ve just added to your skin, so don’t forget this step.
Now that you’re done with your at-home facial, you can put your feet up and relax with glowing skin!
If skincare is something that interests you, why not pursue a career as a facialist?
At The London School Of Beauty & Make-Up, our VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage & Skincare will teach you everything you need to know from: client consultation, skin analysis, cleansing, steaming, toning, mask application, extraction and moisturising
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