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3 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Facial at Home

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Nothing beats that ‘after facial’ feeling – when your skin feels fresher than ever, your pores are tighter and it feels like your face has never been smoother. This occasional treat at the spa comes with a cost (which you’re happy to pay – it’s a treat worth having) but your bank balance won’t let it become a weekly habit…

If you’re searching for skin perfection between spa visits and want to save some money, here are our 3 steps to achieving perfect results with a homemade facial!

1. Oily, Dry, Dull
OILY-DRY-DULL-01.pngWhatever your skin type, there’ll be a homemade facial to suit your skin’s needs. It’s important to understand your skin type so you can tailor your treatment for optimum results. Many people find their skin changes depending on the time of year – in summer your skin may be slightly oilier, in winter slightly drier. Most find their t-zone (across the forehead and down the nose to the chin, giving a ‘T’ shape) is oilier than their cheeks – spend time identifying where your skin sits before choosing your face mask.

2. Face Masks
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Here’s where your skin type comes in! You can make your own face masks and tailor them to your particular skin type. Shop bought face masks will do the trick too, just be mindful of your skin type when selecting your combinations.

Fancy a homemade face mask? Remove any makeup and get prepping! These recipes are suited to individual skin types:

Skin type = oily / spot-prone
Oat facials are perfect for exfoliating away troublesome blackheads and spots. Your skin will feel smoother and look brighter. Try this recipe:
  • Mix 100ml of hot (not boiling!) water with 120g of oats – leave for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Whisk in 1 egg white
  • Smooth onto face and neck
  • Rinse off with warm water, using circular motions with your fingers for added exfoliation
  • Pat dry with a towel
Skin type = fine lines / dull
Bananas will become your new best friend! Made into a face mask, they deeply nourish and moisturise for softer, brighter and more supple skin! Try this recipe:
  • Mash a medium sized banana until it’s smooth
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey (a great antibacterial ingredient)
  • Add 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt (optional)
  • Gently apply to the face and neck
  • Sit back for 10-15 minutes and relax!
  • Once set, rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel
Skin type = dry / flaky
If you’re suffering from dry skin, this is the face mask for you! This homemade mask exfoliates flaky skin away and moisturises even the driest patches. Try this recipe:
  • Juice 1 medium lemon
  • Add 200ml olive oil or almond oil
  • Smooth onto face and neck
  • Lay back and let the lemons do their thing for 15-20 minutes
  • Dab away any excess oil
Skin type = normal
If you fancy a little pampering, eggs are your go-to ingredient for a homemade facial. They’ll moisturise your skin, add plumping proteins to your dermal layers and leave you feeling fresh. Try this recipe:
  • Beat an egg-white yolk until just combined
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Smooth onto face and neck
  • Let the mask sink in for 30 minutes (enough time for an episode of your favourite soap)
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel
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3. Tone and Moisturise
tone-and-moisturise-01.pngMasks are one of the first steps to achieving a facial at home. Now your skin is clean and prepped don’t forget your daily routine of toning and moisturising! Usually miss this step? Then don’t!

After you’ve cleansed or applied a mask, your pores will be open and there will still be small traces of dirt. Toning tightens pores and prevents clogging. Wait for your toner to absorb into the skin before applying a good moisturiser.

Have oily skin? Yes, you still need to moisturise! Moisturising hydrates beyond your skin’s top layer and can actually help control your skin’s oiliness. Learn to perfectly prepare your skin with these skincare essentials.

Ta-da! There are your 3 simple steps to achieving a facial at home!
 
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The Training Room | 14/05/2018 15:00:00

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