Hands up who loves how amazing their skin feels stepping out after a facial and those days straight after?
Me me me me!
So how do I keep my facial glow?
The key is to follow the recommendations from your therapist on a routine to carry on with at home. Whether you have had a treatment for acne and impurities or dry and dehydrated skin or even a calming facial for sensitivity and redness the effects of the facial can only last a short time.
Generally treatments done in salon are more active than retail products and have to be performed by a professional. Not only that, your skin will benefit from the facial massage that exercises facial muscles and gets the circulation pumping so products actually absorb much better into the epidermis once its warmed up.
So let’s start with a basic homecare routine.
It’s very important to be using the correct cleanser for your skin type and concern.
Most of us love that fresh clean feeling that a gel cleanser gives us but it’s not suitable for dry skin and depending on the ingredients it could leave sensitive skin more irritated. Listen to what is recommended by your therapist. Here are some other tips:
- Cleansing can be performed morning and night BUT is most important to cleanse at night to remove and makeup and daily dirt and grime from the environment.
- About the size of a ten cent piece is recommended and check the instructions on the container as some work better on damp/wet skin where others require it to be applied to dry skin.
- Circular motions all over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area, for a couple of minutes should be enough to leave skin clean. If not you can do a second cleanse.
- You may also choose to use a makeup remover beforehand. Micellar waters are best. Avoid makeup wipes. Not only are they bad for the environment being one use and they don't break down well but some have alcohol in them that can strip your natural oils from your skin.
EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
Apply eye makeup remover to damp cotton pads and hold over the eyes for a moment then gently wipe away until makeup has gone. Some waterproof mascara can be hard to remove but don't rub at the eyes too hard. Try an oil remover instead.
Originally toners were alcohol-based and stripped the skin of natural oils leaving the face irritated.
Most these days are floral waters infused with other ingredients suitable for each skin type.
Serums and moisturisers absorb better into damp skin so toners helps transport those ingredients better into the skin. I personally don't like being sprayed in the face so you can pat toners to damp cotton pads and wipe over the skin. You don't need a lot so no need to saturate your face. Wiping over can also help remove any residual cleanser.
Again it’s so important to make sure you are using the correct moisturiser for your skin. Just because your friend uses one that you love doesn't mean it's tight for you. Here's things to look for when moisturising:
- If it’s too rich it could lead to breakouts and millia (white lumps under the skin) but if it is too light for your skin it could leave it under nourished or dehydrated and in some cases irritated.
- Moisturising helps slow down the ageing process by keeping skin hydrated and nourished. It strengthens your lipid barrier of your skin.
- As we mature it’s important to find ingredients like hyaluronic acid essential fatty acids to attract moisture to the skin and retain it.
- Think of moisturising like feeding your skin a well balanced diet of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for an optimum healthy performing skin.
As you can see this is just a very basic routine but you have to start somewhere! You can add exfoliants and masks once or twice a week, as well as serums applied under your moisturiser. Eye creams should be used from mid 20s to keep those fine lines and wrinkles away but again follow what is recommended for your skin type and concerns. Some gels may be applied closer but generally eye products should only go around that bone area, any closer and you can cause puffiness.
Best thing you can do is book into a professional and get a skin analysis done as well as have the products demonstrated on you so you know what you use, how to use it and how much. Professional skincare can be expensive because the ingredients are better quality than supermarket brands so you don't want to waste them by using too much (but you also need to use enough to see results).
Investing in your skincare will show, and with the above homecare routine you can maintain that facial glow!
Below is an awesome guide from Mukti Organics on what quantities to use for each product.