Pamper Time: The At-Home Facial
We’re now in that lovely little bubble between Christmas and New Year when there’s not much to be done except kick back and relax, and wait for the festivities to begin all over again on December 31. You might be tempted to sit around binging on Netflix boxsets (and who could blame you?), but we’re here to suggest adding in a little something extra to your day, to make the most of your precious time off and ensure that you’re looking and feeling fresh for 2019.
Allow us to introduce, the at-home facial…
Getting into a good routine and treating yourself to regular at-home facials is a great way to maintain the condition of your skin, plus, we like to think it’s good for the soul too. Taking some time out to do something utterly indulgent and completely for you is a great way to unwind and shrug off the stresses of daily life.
If you’re ready, let’s get started.
Step One: The Cleanse
With a facial, it’s important to get the skin squeaky clean. We recommend starting out by applying an oil-based cleanser to the skin, really working it in and then rinsing away with warm water, taking with it any leftover makeup, grease or grime from the day. Then it’s time for your second cleanse, and for this, we recommend using your KOHA Beauty konjac sponge – Pure White if you have dry or normal skin, Bamboo Charcoal for oily/combination complexions. Soak the sponge until it puffs up, and then apply to the skin in gentle circular motions, to make sure all debris is removed and also to help lift any dead skin cells or flaky patches.
Step Two: Exfoliation
A chemical exfoliant is a really effective way of removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover, resulting in a brighter complexion. If you haven’t used a chemical exfoliant before, start out by using one with a lower acid concentration, such as a 2% formula – you can build up to higher concentrations as your tolerance develops. Apply a few drops to a cotton pad and sweep over the skin lightly, avoid the delicate eye area.
Step Three: Extraction
If you have any blackheads or spots lurking, now’s the time to do something about it, but you must be careful. Manual extraction should be left to dermatologists or professional facialists; when it comes to an at-home facial, you should opt for a gentler way to get rid of blemishes. Apply a layer of a thermal clay or charcoal mask to the skin, only on problematic areas, and rinse off after ten minutes or so.
Step Four: The Multi-Mask
This is a step that can be tied into step three; if you have various skin issues going on, such as areas of dryness or dullness as well as acne-prone areas, you can multi-mask to treat all of these problems in one go. Apply a charcoal mask to acne-prone sections as per step three, apply a hydrating mask to dehydrated dry areas, and a brightening mask to areas of dullness. The perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy an episode and a cup of tea whilst you wait for the masks to work their magic!
Step Five: The Finishing Touch
Once all of your products have been rinsed away, gently pat the skin dry with a fluffy towel, never dragging on the skin. Then it’s time to get some nourishment into the mix, with a fabulous facial oil. Apply a few drops into your palms and rub them together to warm the oil, then apply to the skin. Work in an upwards and outwards motion, sweeping around the face using a firm pressure. In particular, the jaw and neck are areas where puffiness starts to develop, so concentrate on these areas to eliminate toxins and draw away excess fluids from the face. Apply pressure along the eyebrows and just under the brow to reduce tension, and gently tap under the eyes to draw away any puffiness. Make sure you have enough oil that you’re not dragging the skin, and breathe deeply as you go, to get the most relaxing experience possible.
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