Weather you are traveling or you have a hectic schedule, maintaining healthy glowing skin is a must! You may not always be able to have regular monthly visits with your skin care therapist or esthetician and so here are seven simple steps for a DIY facial so you can achieve healthy, more radiant skin in minutes, no matter where you are!
1. Set The Mood for Relaxation
Choose a peaceful setting, such as your bedroom, bathroom or, if you are traveling, your hotel room. Light your favourite aromatherapy candle. We like the calming scent of Amber in L’Artisan Parfumeur’s L’Ambre Candle. Amber is a magical, mystical scent used in perfumery for millennia. This scented candle gives rooms an ethereal deep golden glow, instantly comforting and welcoming. When on the go, we suggest the small size and convinience of travel candles such as Lucia’s Mini Votive Set in Sea Watercress & Chai Tea. These 100% natural soy candles burn cleanly for 15 hours and can make any hotel room feel like home.
Cleansing is the first and most important step. If you have makeup on, choose a cleanser that removes makeup easily and gently while giving the skin a deep cleanse. VivierSkin Foaming Cleanser is a great choice because it is a medical grade gel cleanser formulated to removes impurities, excess oils and makeup without over-drying the skin. It’s oil-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested and recommended by physicians.
Exfoliation helps to remove the dulling buildup of dead skin cells. For sensitive or acne prone skin, try Alyria’s Acne Exfoliating Solution. It’s formulated with glycolic acid, the AHA of choice, and salicylic acid and will slough off dead cells on the surface of the skin and act as an antibacterial cleanser to unclog pores. For normal skin, we suggest VivierSkin Vitamin C Scrub. This revitalizing medical grade face and body scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells refining skin texture leaving skin feeling soft, toned and vibrant. It infuses skin with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to help diminish the appearance of skin imperfections. Be sure to apply exfoliant in gentle circular motions, making sure to not to apply too much pressure and/or over do it.
Steam helps to open and unclog pores, allowing for easy removal of impurities and debris. Your esthetician will use a facial steaming device, however, you can easily recreate this experience yourself by placing a warm towel on your face for ten minutes. Or, lean your face over a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head and allow the steam to rise. Do this for about 10 minutes.
TIP: While it might be tempting to give yourself extractions during you DIY facial, don’t. This is best left to professionals.
5. Treatment: Mask or Peel
Treat skin concerns with a mask or peel that delivers the result you desire. A mask like Pro-Derm Terreusmasque is a thermal mud and sea clay mask great for moisturizing, toning and soothing skin. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment is optimal for or acne prone skin, black and white heads, as well as hyperpigmentation. If skin texture is a concern, try a glycolic acid based peel such as Pro-Derm Micro-Peel AHA Masque or an enzyme based peel such as Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.
6. Tone and Rebalance
Balance, refine and restore the skin with an alcohol-free, medical grade toner such as VivierSkin Refreshing Toner. Ideal for normal or dry skin, it provides rejuvenating properties with the benefits of antioxidants to recondition the skin and helps restore its protective pH balance. Apply with a cotton swab or mist onto skin for a real treat.
7. Moisturize and Protect
This final step depends on weather you are staying indoors or heading outside after. Either way, gently apply a serum onto the skin and follow that with a soothing eye cream around your eyes. iS Clinical Active Serum is a great choice because it is an anti-aging, anti-acneic, and brightening serum that also provides skin with a boost of hydration. To refresh tired eyes, try Tata Harper Restorative Eye Créme. It’s a complete, 100% natural anti-aging treatment to reduce puffiness, shadows and lines, leaving the skin noticeably brighter and younger.
Follow your serum with a soothing moisturizer. LA PEAU Day Cream Gel Hydrating Complex is a fast absorbing cream-gel that significantly increases skin’s moisture level while restoring firmness, smoothness, and elasticity. If you are heading outdoors, use a a moisturizer with SPF like Pro-Derm Facial Day Cream SPF 20.
So there you have it, in as little as seven easy steps, you can enjoy quality DIY facial results in the comfort of your own home or on the go!