June 17, 2021
If there’s one thing 2020 taught us, it was how to do things for ourselves. Bake a sourdough? Yep, did that. Get into craft? Did that too. At-home Pilates? Of course! We all got more savvy with our beauty routines too because, well, we had to. There were some disasters (at-home brows were a bit hit-and-miss) but on the whole our faces survived, and we had some new skills to boot. But, while we all may have nailed (see what we did there?) at at-home mani, facials were something of a mystery still. Until now. Here’s how to get your best ever at-home facial.
Step one: Double cleanse
No self-respecting facialist would ever just do one cleanse. Start with an oil cleanser like Badger Balm Argan Face Cleansing Oil to remove makeup/ eye makeup and then rinse with a warm face washer. The second cleanse will remove all the remaining dirt and debris from the day and replenish the skin, so use something gentle yet effective, like Rohr Remedy Rosalina Face Cleanser, in circular motions, rinsing and patting dry when done.
Step two: Exfoliate
If you skip this step, pretty much everything that follows is redundant. That’s because exfoliating eradicates all the dead skin cells, allowing the new ones to shine. It also means your active products can get to work on the skin and do their magic. Use a chemical exfoliant with either lactic or glycolic acid, or if you prefer, a gentle manual exfoliant like The Cottage Greenhouse Cucumber and Honey Salt Scrub with fine grains so as to not upset the skin barrier.
Step three: Spritz
Mists – they’re not just there because they smell nice. In fact, mists can actually help the products to penetrate better as the water is locked in by what you put on top of it. So close your eyes, inhale and spritz a mist like Badger Balm’s Damascus Rose Balancing Mist which also has aloe vera to soothe and calm the skin.
Step four: Detox Mask
Here’s where you step it up a notch. First you need to draw out all the toxins, the pollution and day-to-day nasty stress that our skin goes through with a detox mask. Choose one with clay like Cedar and Stone’s The Detox One Mountain Pepper Berry and Papaya Mask that has Kaolin and Bentonite Clay, both which gently draw out toxins without drying out the skin. Apply in a thin layer over the skin and leave on until approximately 50% dry before removing with a warm face washer.
Step five: Hydrating Mask
Now it’s time to replenish. If the detox mask was there to draw all the bad stuff out, the hydrating mask is there to put all the goodness back in. And now that your skin is perfectly prepped, there’s no better time for it to receive the goodness. Choose a nourishing variant here with ingredients like hyaluronic acid which can hold 1000 times its weight in water for ultra hydration. The Unnamed Hydrating and Anti-aging Sheet Mask is a perfect choice here as it pairs hyaluronic acid with ceramides to protect the skin barrier, peptides to encourage collagen formation and aloe vera for soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Just pop on the mask, leave on for 20 minutes and peel off with fresh, plump skin.
Step six: Moisturise
Now that your skin is packed with all that goodness it’s time to lock it all in. Choose either a gentle, nourishing moisturiser (no actives here as you don’t want to overload the skin) like Cedar and Stone’s The Twilight One Chamomile and Kelp Night Moisturiser or a light facial oil like Rohr Remedy Boab and Rosehip Face and Body Oil or Ingredients Wellness Facial Oil, to help seal in all the hydration.
Step seven: Sleep or sunscreen
If you did your routine at night, now’s the time to hit the pillow, feeling all smug and hydrated and smooth skinned. If you’re more of a daytime DIY facialist, then this is the most important step: protect that skin. That means, applying a sunscreen like Salt and Stone’s Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen 40+ to safeguard everything you’ve just worked so hard for.