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A RESULTS-DRIVEN HOME FACIAL

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Today, I wanted to share a home facial routine that's a little less relaxation and self-care focussed, and a little more about getting results. Whether you like going to a spa for a face massage or you're usually getting regular facial peels, light therapy and so on; we're not getting out to have professional treatments at the moment, so I thought I'd share something you that's going to deliver visible results within the comfort of your own home...

First things first: let's cleanse the skin. Starting with something oil-based is usually what you want to do if you're wearing makeup and sunscreen. It's also a nice way of injecting a bit of luxury into this sort of routine. I personally really like the Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse Cleansing Balm* | £48. There's just something about a cleansing balm that comes in a pump bottle that really does it for me! I don't get too carried away with the ingredients in a first cleanse; at the end of the day, you have makeup and / or sunscreen on, and it's in contact with the skin so briefly that it's probably not going to penetrate that effectively. However, this does contain Vitamins A and C for their brightening benefits. This also goes the other way, though, because the product smells beautiful and I don't feel remotely bad because essential oils are really unlikely to cause any fragrance irritation problems in this kind of product (though obviously if you have severe sensitivities, it might not be for you). This product gives me that overall sensorial experience; it feels gorgeous as you massage it in and it becomes an oil. It's effective at removing makeup and sunscreen, it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes and it emulsifies easily on contact with water, so you can simply swipe away your face with a damp cloth.

Next is your second cleanse and I personally love the Venn Moisture Balance All-in-One Face Cleanser* | £55. This is just my dream cleanser! It comes out as this sort of gel-lotion and it doesn't foam, which is very important for me. It's also jam-packed with a low concentration of lots of amazing stuff, which is actually going to have a chance to penetrate because it's in direct contact with the skin, and the aim should always be to massage your cleanser in for 60 seconds. There's centella (which really calms the skin), PHAs (they both hydrate and mildly exfoliate), fruit extracts (rich in antioxidants, to protect the skin) and also niacinamide (there are so many benefits with this ingredient, but with a cleanser it's primarily going to calm inflammation and strengthen the skin barrier). This cleanser is an absolute dream and leaves my skin fresh, soft and smooth (never stripped!) 

Next is the primary treatment we're using in this routine. If you've been reading here a while or you follow me on Instagram, you'll probably know that I don't generally recommend layering lots of different active ingredients. Don't get me wrong; I'm not going to freak out if a cleanser has a bit of lactic acid then I'm using a Vitamin C serum, I'm just not someone who's about to put my glycolic acid and my tretinoin in the same routine. I prefer to pick one strong treatment or serum in order to preserve my skin barrier and ensure the ingredients work to the best of their best ability. Once a week, I like to do a proper exfoliation treatment and the most transformative results I've got from home have been from the Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C Dark Spot Correcting Peel* | £80 | full review. Look, this is flipping expensive; I don't want to love it this much, trust me! But the truth is: I do. And if you usually go and get facial peels, this is still a lot cheaper than the professional route, which obviously isn't an option right now. It's formulated with seemingly every ingredient under the sun that we know helps with hyperpigmentation: l-ascorbic acid, glycolic acid, azelaic acid, mandelic acid, tranexamic acid, salicylic acid. It buffers these ingredients with plant oils and lots of glycerin, so it doesn't irritate my skin at all. Spread around 4 pumps worth of products over the skin, leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse for immediately softer, smoother, more radiant skin, that (using this weekly over several months) will also appear far clearer and far more even.

I follow this up with a hydrating, replenishing toner. My favourite for a while has been the Isntree Green Tea Toner | £18 | which I just apply using my hands. This contains a little smidgeon of willow bark extract, a precursor to salicylic, but in this concentration it's not really going to contribute to over-exfoliation. This product contains 80% green tea extract, which is pretty amazing, and it's an incredible antioxidant to protect and soothe the skin. I personally love this stuff; it's so hydrating and doesn't evaporate off the skin. It's been a gorgeous moisturising step in my winter skincare routine and can't rave about it enough. The next step is to pop on an eye treatment - you don't have to do this; an eye cream isn't totally necessary - I just like them. I've been enjoying the lightweight gel formula of the Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum* | £61. This is packed full of antioxidants, which is really what I look for in an eye treatment, there are also hydrating peptides, and I like how it just absorbs right in without being thick or heavy.

 I follow that with a replenishing serum, because after exfoliation, I like to calm and soothe skin. The product I've gravitated towards the most this winter has been the Dr Dennis Gross B3 Adaptive Superfood Stress Rescue Serum* | £75. This is a low-concentration niacinamide serum with lots of antioxidant plant extracts. It has a milky consistency and is so calming and moisturising on the skin. It's very gentle and a perfect antidote to winter skin. I follow it up with the Toil & Trouble Sugar & Space Rich Face Cream with Honey, Wheatgerm, Oatmeal + Banana* | £18. I love this as a winter moisturiser; it leaves my skin gorgeously soft and smooth and has a texture that melts right in. It's not heavy, there's no grease, but it still packs a punch. I love that it contains calming, moisturising ingredients and no fragrance, to keep things nice and calm after an intense acid peel. Lastly, I like to lock it in with my Sunday Riley Juno Superfood + Antioxidant Oil | £54. You don't have to use a face oil, but my skin has been so dry this winter that I just like to seal everything in and pack on some extra nourishment. This is a blend of fruit and plant oils, there's no fragrance, it doesn't feel greasy and the formula is so elegant and luxurious. It's a beautiful treat on a home facial night and helps with that post-exfoliation replenishment.

How do you like to do a home facial to get amazing results?


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