It’s January, which means the majority of us will be suffering too much wine, cheese or otherwise. But put that all to one side for a moment and feel infinitely better at the prospect of an at-home DIY spa facial, that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
All you need to do is draw upon your favourite skincare staples (cleanser, oil/or serum, acid and a cream), get your trusty hands at the ready, and follow international facialist and wellbeing expert, Abigail James' guide on what to apply and how.
Ready, steady, glow...
3) Learn How To Face Massage
Nail the right massage moves and you’ll not only get your circulation going for a wholesome rosy glow, you’ll also encourage lymphatic drainage, which will sharpen your facial contours more effectively than any contour kit.
Arm yourself with a good oil – Votary’s Jasmine & Calendula Facial Oil, £65
is brilliant for calming skin, but jojoba oil or grapeseed oil are alternatives if you don’t want to splash out.
Watch: How To Give Yourself a Face Massage
4) Use A Peel
‘The next step is to exfoliate with an acid tonic, peel pad or mask,’ says James. ‘I’m a huge fan of lactic acid as it exfoliates, brightens and hydrates at the same time.’
FYI: peels provide deep, non-abrasive exfoliation, while also killing bacteria, improving pigmentation and speeding up sluggish cell turnover.
Try Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate, £50,
with lactic, malic and glycolic acids, or Glossier Solution, £19
– a potent combo of AHAs and pore-clearing salicylic acid.
6) Mask Force
Pick your mask according to your skin’s mood, or multi-mask and apply one mask to your T-zone and another to your cheeks.
For dry or hungover skin, we’re obsessed with Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask, £83,
with 1,000 micro and macro molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, it erases all signs of Saturday night excess. Blemish-prone types should go for Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, £20,
which contains umbrian clay to absorb excess shine and lavender water to sooth.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia.
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