Hands up, who wants a glowing complexion for the new season ahead? The constant cold can dry out your skin and make it look a bit dull and dehydrated. A regular facial is a great way to maintain a healthy complexion so here is a step-by-step guide to an at-home facial. Your skin will love you for it…
- Cleanse your face and neck with a micellar water such as Superdrug’s B.Pure Micellar Water, £4.49 (vegan) followed by a cream cleanser such as Tropic Smoothing Cleanser, £18 (vegan).
- Gently exfoliate your skin using a face scrub. I love the award-winning range of skincare by Urban Veeda. There are different ranges depending on your ‘dosha’ – an Ayurvedic term used to describe the physical and emotional tendencies within the mind and body. Visit Urban Veeda to find out which dosha you are. Available from Waitrose, £11.99 (vegan).
- Now it’s time for a steam! Steaming will super-clean your skin, removing all traces of grime and dirt and encourage pores to expel toxins. Pour freshly boiled water into a bowl. If you have problem skin (such as blemishes), add a teaspoon each of thyme and mint, fresh or dried (both are highly effective antibacterials which help to purify the complexion). Use a chamomile tea bag in the water for a calming and relaxing steam or try Lush’s Dream Steam Steamer Tab, £2.50 (vegetarian). It helps to calm the skin and reduce redness and is great for sensitive or dry skin. Lean over the bowl with a towel draped over your head and bowl to contain the steam. Be careful not to get too close to the water. Steam for 5-10 minutes.
- Now your pores are open, it’s time to apply a mask. Try Neal’s Yard Rose Formula Antioxidant Face Mask, £26.50 (vegetarian). This award-winning antioxidant facial mask revitalises and brightens normal and dehydrated skin, encouraging a fresher, brighter complexion. Alternatively, try making your own mask by combining one tablespoon of plain yogurt with a teaspoon of honey. Mix together and apply to your face (try not to eat it!). The yogurt contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates dead skin cells and brightens the complexion. It also contains probiotics which is great for healing blemishes. The honey naturally hydrates the skin and is rich in antioxidants.
- Rinse off your mask and apply a toner. Try Bentley Organic Skin Blossom Facial Toner from Ethical Superstore, £5.95 (vegan). It will refresh and purify your skin and is enriched with Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera and Glycerin to tighten pores and condition.
- Apply a moisturiser or facial oil. Try Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Cream, £55 (vegan), an award-winning face cream that helps fight the loss of skin firmness that ageing brings. Although it’s not cheap, it lasts ages as only a small amount is needed each time you use it. Alternatively, try Green People Anti-Ageing Facial Oil, £20.50 (vegan) from Ethical Superstore. It rejuvenates the skin on your face, neck and décolletage and helps to plump and nourish the skin.
- Make sure you drink plenty of water following your facial which will really make your skin glow!
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