Ever since I introduced laser facials to my skincare regime, the daily routines have significantly changed.
Numerous serums, toners and creams have now been replaced with just one cleanser, a hydrating serum, and a low-level dose of retinol (with a touch of SPF in the mornings).
However, there comes a time when you want to indulge your complexion with a dreamy facial. Once a month I light a Byredo Woods candle, grab a camomile tea, plug into a chilled Spotify playlist and treat the skin to masks, scrubs and all kind of concussions lying around my bathroom.
It might lack the ambience of a spa and expert hands that perform a relaxing massage, but once you had your jade roller on hand it’s not too different.
I always start with a cleansing balm like Triple-Oil Balm Make-Up Remover Cleanser from Sisley. It easily nudges away makeup leaving it spotless. However, I don’t want to keep the oil on my skin so I then double cleanse with a Tebiskin Gly-Clean that contains glycolic and lactic acids. It gently brightens the skin, clearing blocked pores. Excess eye makeup is then swept away with Eye & Lip Gel Make-Up Remover from Sisley or Bioderma Micellar Water.
Once the skin patted dry I then go in with a gentle scrub to further buff out the pores and wipe away any dryness. I focus on the T-zone as that’s where I notice excess oil and take it easy around the cheeks as my skin tends to be drier there. I love Tata Harper’s all-natural Regenerating Cleanser. It contains apricot seed powder extracts that gently nudge away dead skin cells resulting in a radiant complexion. After a few minutes, I rinse it away and then wipe my skin with Blue Aura Cleansing Water from Odacité. It’s supercharged with micelles, aloe vera, grapefruit, neem, holy basil, turmeric and most importantly salicylic acid that calm the skin and prevent breakouts.
Now onto my favourite part, masks. I tend to use 2 or 3 and I always kick off with an intense clay or enzyme mask. I recommend trying Grown Alchemist’s Deep Cleansing Facial Masque with wheatgerm, ginkgo, cranberry if you want to minimise the appearance of pores or it’s Enzyme Facial Exfoliant to correct uneven skin tone and smooth fine lines. I then apply a hydrating mask Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque before finishing with a 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask. It doesn’t slip off the face and supercharges your complexion with hydration. Use this as an opportunity to introduce a jade roller as it helps all of the ingredients soak deeper into the skin.
I don’t always apply a serum after but if I do then it’s either AESOP Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant serum which boosts hydration or DR. BARBARA STURM Lifting Serum that plumps up the wrinkles and firms up the complexion. Add a few extra drops of serum so you can really massage into the skin or use a heated facial tool like FOREO UFO 2 that has a thermotherapy mode.
As a finishing touch, I like to go for something thick to seal everything in. I’m currently using DR. BARBARA STURM Face Cream which at night acts as an intensive regeneration treatment as it’s ingredients work to prevent ageing. I also have an indulgent LA PRAIRIE White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire that tackles discolouration and age spots as well as Dior Capture Youth which strengthens the skin and fights signs of ageing.
I usually skip on the eye cream as many experts have told me that it’s a redundant product as most of the creams and serums you apply will make their way down to the skin area. However, I still love to use 111SKIN Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask for puffiness and TATA HARPER Restorative Eye Crème that takes on dark shadow and wrinkles.
I never go to bed without a thick layer of lip balm and at the moment I am a firm fan of Buttermask For Lips from Kiehl’s.