Apologies for the grubby product pictures. My skin was in need of TLC and I dug out some old favourites to whip up a DIY facial. You can use your own products which serve the same purpose, spare 15 minutes and make your skin fresh as a daisy without splurging the bucks.
To begin with, you need two facial cleansers to double cleanse the skin. This removes all the grime, dirt, and makeup that is stuck on the upper surface from daily pollutants. I used Claudia Louch Chamomile Facial Wash, a smooth, gentle, gel cleanser which lathers really well. Massage the cleanser on your face in big circular motions, followed by smaller circular motions on the forehead and cheeks. Repeat each step 5-6 times for best results. Preferably, use a muslin cloth to remove the product after each step. Muslin cloths are much softer and do not scratch/irritate the skin, along with gently exfoliating every time. I followed with Botanicals Rose and Camellia Cleansing Melt. Rub the balmy product between your palms to create a delicate cleanser. Repeat the same circular movements. Next, exfoliate the skin using a gentle exfoliator. I used Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, a soft powder that transforms to a creamy grainy texture on adding water. Massage the microfoliant, paying extra attention near the nose and chin area to remove any blackheads.
After the deep cleanse, use a facial moisturizer or balm that glides easily and massage the skin. I used AVON’s ANEW Resurfacing Serum. I thought this should do the job. But it turned out to be very thick, tightening and stung a little. I read later that it was an intense anti-ageing serum used for an at-home microdermabrasion (Oops!). On the bright side, my skin did feel very taut the next morning (tee-hee). Next time, I would use a softer facial cream, like Body Shop’s Vitamin E intense moisture or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. The skin should warm up by this step due to increased blood flow. Now apply a face mask. You can use an array of face masks to suit your skin and mood. I used Skin Chemist Venom Mask, a high-end venom mask known for its anti-ageing properties. It’s very effective and left my skin feeling nourished and firm without the tugging feeling. End the DIY facial with a toner to restore pH levels. I used LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water to cool the skin. This is an effective and affordable mist/toner which can be used daily for a mid-day boost. I sealed the deal with KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Cream, an extremely light-weight and hydrating cream that stays put for hours. In hindsight, I should have used this for Step 4 instead of AVON’s resurfacing serum. It is soft and fluffy, giving it the perfect texture to glide and massage. Oh well, there's always next time eh?
Let the skin drink up the layers of moisture while you get your beauty sleep and wake up with glowing, hydrated skin aka Gigi Hadid.