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The Self Care Essentials For Mastering The At-Home Facial

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A facial… Truly the ultimate form of {self care} (aside from a full body massage… can we take both?) and the most luxurious treat to ease facial tension and leave your {complexion} glowing. We’ll admit, though, that we aren’t quite as organised as we would like to be in attending our monthly appointments. Hectic work schedules, last-minute pop-ups and (if we’re being completely honest), a pure lack of planning often mean months pass sans facial, and our {skin} is left crying out for a little TLC.

Can you relate? Well, fear not, we have put together the staples you need for the perfect at-home facial and how to perform one from the comfort of your own homegrown spa to see you through until the next one-on-one with your facialist…

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It’s all in the prep:

No facial is complete (particularly an at-home facial) without a sleek headband to keep your perfectly-coiffed mane safely out of the way, free from grease-inducing product. The Kistch {Eco Friendly Adjustable Headband} is just the accessory to accompany your me-time. Made from super-soft and breathable cotton, this keeps your strands out of your face without breaking delicate baby hairs and vulnerable tresses. Designed with you in mind, this band can be fashioned into a stylish bow at the front, or a classic chic knot at the back and is, of course, fully adjustable to fit all head sizes and shapes. Okay, now you’re ready to start your facial…

The perfect cleanse:

The right foundation to any skin care routine is vital, so start with the perfect cleansing ritual. If you’ve been wearing make up, SPF or had a long day in a pollution-filled city, chances are you’re in need of a double cleanse, and the best way to start is always with an indulgent and effective balm or oil formula.

Seeing as we’re exuding professional-level skills in our self-made spa (let us have this one, ok?), it seems only fitting to reach for the {Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm} from Elemis. Defined by nature and led by science, Elemis’ cutting-edge products not only feel like a lavish treat, but they deliver on their promises too. After a long day, you can be sure that this spa-in-a-jar will melt away all traces of make up, impurities and daily pollutants and leave your complexion feeling baby-soft and perfectly cleansed. Infused with a unique blend of nine calming essential oils and skin-nourishing omega oils, mimosa and rose waxes and elderberry, this beautiful balm is a treat for the senses and for your pores.

Take a little time to massage this unctuous concoction into your contours to ease built-up muscle tension, break down grime and boost circulation before removing with a warm, damp (and don’t forget clean!) cleansing cloth. We’re partial to the dual-sided {Skinesis Professional Cleansing Mitts} from Sarah Chapman to really make us feel like we’re having a spa day…

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Rinse and repeat:

If you’re not already double cleansing then consider this your sign to start. For days when you’ve had a curled-up-on-the-sofa-doing-nothing type of day and your skin hasn’t really seen the light of day (FYI if it has… you should be wearing SPF, even indoors!), then chances are you don’t need to double cleanse. However, more often than not, your skin has faced the elements of the great outdoors, been protected with sunscreen and possibly even had a little brush with some make up, in which case it’s absolutely time to bring out the big guns. Double cleansing allows you to firstly remove makeup and surface dirt that sits right at the top of your skin, while your second cleanse can be considered your ‘skin cleanse’ to make sure your pores are clear and ready for the rest of your regime.

Enter, your targeted treatment cleanser. While you can absolutely double cleanse with just one product, if you can add in a second that’s tailored to your specific needs then you’re in for even more of a treat. Unsure what to go for? The Inkey List‘s {Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser} is a do-it-all for all facial wash that drenches the skin in non-clogging moisture for up to 48 hours… Think of this as a tall drink of water for your face as it envelops you in long-lasting hydration and frees the skin of congestion.

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While we’re all for embracing your skin texture completely as it is and busting the status quo of filter-worthy skin, {exfoliation} is key to helping boost your cell renewal and keep dulling dead skin cells at bay. So make sure to add a targeted exfoliating step to your facial at home to ease congestion and get the most out of your painstakingly curated routine.

If visible pores and congestion are your daily battle, then let the Glow Recipe {Glow With Pride Watermelon Glow PHA and BHA Pore Tight Toner} give you a little helping hand. This tightening toner is a beloved member of the iconic Watermelon Glow family that’s powered by antioxidant and amino acid-rich watermelon extract. A blend of gentle-yet-clarifying poly hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid works to ease congestion and clear blocked pores of dead skin cells to leave you with supple skin that glows. Reimagined for Pride Month, 100% of profits up to $30,000 of this edition of the bestselling toner will be going to non-profit organisations empowering LGBTQIA+ youth globally.

If you’re after a youth-restoring peel, look no further than Dr. Dennis Gross‘ {Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel}. This two-step skin-changer brings professional results right to your door and improves everything from tone to texture and pores to fine lines. You can sleep soundly knowing that this was formulated by a practising, renowned dermatologist, clinician and researcher. A blend of five AHAs and BHAs, along with anti ageing resveratrol, retinol and calming chamomile will leave even the dullest skin looking and feeling like it just came out of a professional-grade peel… and without the downtime, we might add!

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Mist, mist, mist:

What even is a facial without a generous spritz of a hydrating and soothing mist? By far and away the quickest and easiest way to refresh your skin and indulge yourself in a moment of pure, unadulterated calm (a good spray brings us endless satisfaction).

For a mist like no other, with a finer than fine spray, the {Ultracalming Mist} from Dermalogica‘s professional picks delivers a soothing surge of conditioning actives to leave your skin feeling calmer than ever. Relieve any signs of discomfort and redness and mist-hydrate with moisture-balancing aloe vera extract and an exclusive ‘UltraCalming Complex’ to fortify your microbiome and top up hydration levels. This is one beauty secret that’s too good to keep quiet.

Soothe and repair:

They say life is all about balance, so make sure you’re keeping your facial routine in perfect harmony and focusing on your skin barrier health as well as results-driven actives like retinol and skin-brightening acids. A healthy barrier will help your skin adapt to new products and keep your complexion strong so that you can tolerate those more intensive formulations.

De Mamiel’s {First Fix Stress Response Serum} was born out of Anee de Mamiel’s desire to save our skin from the impact of the hectic modern lifestyle that we find ourselves in. This powerful treatment serum targets compromised tissue and works synergistically with your skin’s own functions to keep your natural defences heightened against external aggressors that can deplete and damage vulnerable skin. Consider this your ‘skinsurance’ serum, teeming with reparative plant extracts and actives to keep your skin soothed, strong and healthy.

Rejuvenate and glow:

Arguably the most relaxing and indulgent part of any facial is the massage that’s sure to send you off into a peaceful slumber, and there’s no better way to achieve the perfect ‘slip’ needed for this than a truly indulgent facial oil.

Famous for her A-List clientele and legendary bespoke facials, {Sarah Chapman} is a true powerhouse of the skin care industry and lauded for her cosmeceutical skin care range that combines the efficacy of performance-driven actives with heavenly scented botanicals. If you’re yet to be introduced to the overnight sensation that is the {Skinesis Overnight Facial}, then allow us to make your acquaintance. The ultimate blend of science and luxury, this serum-oil elixir is your sophisticated secret weapon for a youthful, glowing complexion. You’ll find a host of age-defying actives within this chic air-tight bottle, from brightening vitamin C to collagen-boosting peptides, and de-ageing vitamin A to Renovage (a unique ingredient that expands the life span of your cells to keep signs of ageing at bay).

A quick inhale of the soothing, pure essential oil blend of frangipani, rose, tuberose and jasmine banishes any lingering stress of the day and will have you ready for your beauty sleep in mere moments. Either massage in with your hands to boost circulation, aid drainage and relieve tense facial muscles… or if you’re feeling in need of a little extra TLC, then why not step up your at-home facial game a little…

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Level up your facial:

No facial is complete without a little one-on-one time with your contours. Here to take your at-home facial up a notch — or 10 — is FaceGym‘s {Multi-Sculpt High Performance Contouring Tool}. Think of this as your pocket-sized personal trainer on a mission to tone the (40+!) muscles in your face. Hand crafted from medical grade stainless steel with six uniquely formed edges to chisel and lift your contours, this skin-perfecting tool helps to release blockages, aid lymphatic drainage and stretch out your muscles to leave you with a visibly defined visage. The perfect partner to your favourite facial oil, this will glide over your contours with ease and give you the makings of a pro facialist. If you’re at a loss on where to start, simply scan the QR code on the protective pouch to discover FaceGym’s curated routines to get the most out of your cutting-edge sculptor and unlock cheekbones that could cut glass…


Natalie Cohn

Natalie Cohn

Junior Copywriter

Natalie is a Junior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. Ingredient-focused and all about the details, she loves researching products to understand how and why they work. When she’s not talking to you (or anyone who that will listen!) about skin barrier health and the ultra-important role of your microbiome, you will normally find her curled up with a good book and a cup of tea – you can’t take the girl out of Yorkshire – or scouting out dogs to pet at the beach in her hometown of Brighton. If there had to be one product she would want everyone to use it would be a good, daily SPF, the basis of any great skin care routine …you can thank her later!