Hello, Good Afternoon and welcome!! How are you on this slightly-warmer-than-it-has-been Wednesday afternoon?? Wish the weather would make up its mind what it wants to do – one minute I’m in 2 pairs of leggings, pyjamas, dressing gown and a duvet until the heating kicks in – the next thing is that I’m sitting here wishing I had worn ballerinas instead of boots because my feet are too hot! In November! Perhaps its me that is extreme, not the weather….hmmmmm……
In any case if you read my blog on Monday entitled ‘It’s Party Time‘ then you’ll see that I promised my next blog would be all about a DIY Facial – et voila! Guess what I’m going to write about…..Hob Nobs and Hot chocolate at the ready? Yes? Snug? Good, lets begin!
Why Have a Facial?
A professional facial can actually change your skin and reduce acne, reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process to give you a gorgeous, healthy glow. Facials will encourage hydration, exfoliate dead skin, decrease impurities and even skin tone and texture. There are steps that you need to take on a daily basis to maintain the health of your skin including eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting adequate sleep and daily exercise, refraining from smoking, and wearing a good protective sunscreen to prevent sun damage. And if you take these steps along with facials then aging can be very graceful.
Right, thats the scientific bit over and done with – here is the fun bit! While professional facials will cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of spa-worthy products on the market that are perfect for giving yourself an inexpensive at-home facial.
Here’s how you can give yourself a lovely at-home facial in just 5 easy steps:
What you will need…
- gentle facial cleanser
- exfoliating scrub
- face mask (clay-based for oily skin, cream or gel mask for dry skin)
- face moisturiser
Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser.
- Skin Fairy Secret – Darphin Skincare Purifying Foam Gel (Combination to Oily Skin)
Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub. Go the extra mile and do a lip scrub too!
- Skin Fairy Secret – Clarins Cleansers and Toners One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
There are a few ways to steam your face (over the stove but don’t set fire to yourself! Using a steamer), but the safest way is to do the facecloth trick. Fill your sink with warm water and soak a facecloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.
If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely. (DIY Alert: Making your own mask is very easy. An orange and yogurt mask is especially simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt with the juice of about a quarter of an orange. Spread the mixture evenly over your face and rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.)
- Skin Fairy Secret – Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay
Last by not least, moisturise! Smooth a nice, thick moisturiser over your face and neck.
- Skin Fairy Secret – Decleor Aroma Cleanse Matifying Lotion with Essential Oils
And there you are! Super healthy, glowing, sparkly skin! Without even getting out of your pyjamas! Ace ay?! As I am going on a girly weekend this weekend I know what I’ll be doing tonight – with a mandatory glass of white wine! Hope you’re liking these posts – once I have got my photography skills up to scratch I will be sure to post more reviews for you all to read! Until then though, tell me – Is your skincare routine working for you? I would love it if you would be so kind as to share your tips and tricks in the comments box below (especially if you have any fun DIY face mask recipes) and I will compile the best suggestions to share in a follow up post.
Stay sparkly, snug and lovely!
Lots of love and fluffy cuddles