I love facials. Either in-salon or at home, I love the indulgent, pampering aspect of facials, but I also love the fact that they incorporate two of my favourite skin things: deep cleansing and treatment masks. Due to my love of facials, I have a lot of products that are aimed at achieving solid results at home. I have tricky skin that struggles to find balance so I need to tailor-make my facial so it addresses my spots, but also doesn’t aggravate my sensitive, dry cheeks. I also don’t want to overdo treating my spots as that can be a double-edged sword, so it’s quite a balancing act.
As I’ve been sick for pretty much two weeks straight, my skin was crying out for some TLC, so here’s what I did to bring my skin back to life:
I started with a deep, double cleanse. I used Shu Uemura Purify Cleansing Oil with my Clarisonic which I used for two rotations. I first applied the oil all over my face and went over it with a dry Clarisonic full the full length of the timed cycle, then I wet the Clarisonic and repeated the process. I then used a muslin cloth to wash away any residual oil from my face.
For my second cleanse, I used Eve Lom’s Cleanser which is a seriously pampering cleanser that I highly recommend, and I spent several minutes massaging this into my face. I then involved The Body Shop’s Facial Buffer to give my skin a bit of an exfoliation. I don’t recommend using this buffer over any angry spots as it’s quite rough. Once this was done, I used the muslin cloth soaked in hot water to open up my pores by laying it over my face a few times.
I then used a Biore Pore Strip over my nose and applied The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blemish Gel to my spots before applying The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil Face Mask to my spot prone areas which are currently my chin and a little area on my cheek. I like to apply spot treatments under masks to add an extra hit of treatment that gets to work under the mask itself.
I let these set for 20 minutes before removing them and applying Jamela’s Tea Tree Oil Control Mineral Collagen Facial Mask and leaving this on for just under two hours, which I was quite proud as I’m usually rubbish at leaving masks on!
Once I took the mask off, I left it half an hour before toning with Katima’A’s Sky Toner which is gentle enough to tone and refresh post-facial skin. I then applied The Sanctuary Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil and that was me done. My skin felt cleansed, nourished, pampered and most importantly, my spots appeared soothed and non-reactive. You really can’t beat a good facial!
*Jamela, Biore and Katima’A products were PR samples.