Do It Yourself Facial

There are many benefits to the DIY home facial.

You can relax in your pj's while you wait for masks to do their thing, rather than trying to figure out how to place your arms to avoid one or both of them falling asleep.You can also catch up on reading magazines or watching tv while you do it. I find this more relaxing than lying in a salon.

And the best one of all – it’s free! Assuming you have the products you need at home already, which most of us probably do. And if you don’t, you’ll definitely pick up a nice scrub or mask for far less than the cost of a salon facial. So if your skin is in need of a bit of a treat, read on to find out what to do.

1. Cleanse

Tailor this to your skin type. I really like Botantics Hot Cloth Cleanser for when my skin is breaking out, as it cleanses deeply while soothing my skin. A rich soothing cream like Elave Sensitive Facial Cleanser or Uriage Cleanser is perfect for soothing sensitive skin. Massage the cleanser into your skin and then use a cellulose sponge soaked in hot water and wrung out to remove the cleanser. I always double cleanser to make sure I have fully cleansed. It helps remove any impurities which may have been missed on the first cleanse.

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2. Exfoliate
Using a cellulose sponge regularly gives skin a gentle exfoliation, but I also like to use an exfoliating product once or twice a week to sweep away dead skin cells, clear congested areas and reveal brighter skin. You can use scrubs with exfoliating particles, like the Uriage Gommage Integral which is very similar to the Dermalogica Microfoliant and might be more suitable if you find scrubs too harsh. I also use the Ziaja Olive Leaf Micro exfoliant. Not only will exfoliating help to clear and brighten your skin, but it will also increase the benefits of whatever treatment you use next, as it is applied to the fresh new skin.

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3. Mask

This is the ideal time to apply a face mask. If your skin is dry, try a hydrating mask or if it tends to be more oily, a purifying clay mask is a good option. You can also combine masks if you need to – applying the purifying formula to your t-zone and using a moisturising mask on drier areas like the cheeks. I regularly use the Montagne Masks, Ziaja Masks available in Waterford Health Park, Carroll's Ballybricken, Shaws and there is one to suit every skin type. Apply the mask in a generous layer, avoiding the eye area and then relax for 10 minutes or so. The directions on masks tend to vary quite a bit as to how long you leave them on for. I generally find that hydrating masks can be left as long as you feel comfortable, whereas purifying or radiance-enhancing formulas should be removed after around 10 minutes, to avoid drying the skin out or causing sensitivity.

4. Refresh

Once the mask is removed – refresh your skin with a spritz of thermal water or refreshing spray by Garnier, La Roche-Posay, Uriage, or sweep a cotton pad soaked in a gentle toner over your skin. Not only does this feel refreshing, but it also helps moisturiser to sink into the skin.

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5. Moisturise
You can just apply your usual moisturiser at this point, but consider extending the skin-pampering experience by applying a serum underneath, such as the antioxidant-rich Botanics Organic Super Balm. Follow that with a soothing and hydrating moisturiser, pat on some eye cream and you’re all set for a good night’s beauty sleep to finish the process!

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Oh, and the final benefit of the DIY facial? No need to worry about the state of your hair after you're done lol. If anyone would like some product recommendations then please feel free to comment and I will be more than happy to recommend some products.

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