Your step-by-step guide for when you can't visit an aesthetician
Welcome to my beauty blog!
Let me introduce myself, my name is Olivia and I have been in the beauty industry for 13 years. I've always been more drawn to the spa side of Beauty, massage and facials being my firm favourite. I have mostly been based here in Guernsey but I then decided to broaden my knowledge and went to work at Ragdale Hall for 2 years, one of the UKs top spas, specialising in Elemis. I loved the brand and their philosophy so much, I joined the team at The House of Elemis in Mayfair, London for 2 years, working with top trainers and having been provided with the most interesting knowledge I can share with you all.
Now, with rejuvenated skin being a dominated look for this season, an at home facial is a huge must. I am on hand to guide you to through the easy steps on how to achieve the perfect DIY, firm and lift at home facial!
Lets begin with the TWO most important steps to your DIY home facial.
Cleanse and Tone
The first step to a good facial is to begin with cleansing and toning. Not only cleansing once, but let's make that a double….but why?
First comes the superficial cleanse, known as your first cleanse. This will remove any make up, grime and sweat while still keeping the skin hydrated, so your skin is prepared for your second cleanse.
My favourite go to is an oil/balm based cleanser, reason being it breaks down heavy makeup, water resistant SPF and sebum on the surface of our skin and isoh so moisturising!
I personally use the Natural Health Clinic Rose Geranium Facial Cleansing Balm, with its natural oils it literally melts off any makeup, hydrates your skin and smells like a magical rose forest! You can stick to this product for your second cleanse and even use it as a treatment mask and even add into a facial massage sequence, this helps to relieve tension, stimulate tense muscles and also releases endorphins leaving you glowing from the inside out!
Why do we double cleanse? Double cleansing is great because it means your cleansing for a good amount of time, we should really cleanse our skin for a good 60 seconds. I chose my second cleanse as my “treatment” cleanse. It all depends on our skin type/concerns. For example: my second cleanser is a cream wash, as I suffer with sensitised skin.
Personally, I have been using Alumier SensiCalm Cleanser for my 2nd treatment cleanser, for sensitive/sensitised skins.
Since moving back home from London, I think my skin was confused with the change, due to air pollution in London and the clear air of Guernsey. It's so soothing with the Aloe and the Yucca Root Extract acting a natural foaming ingredient.
Why do we need to tone?
Toning is usually really underrated by all of us, The OG toners were deemed due to containing alcohol, stripping skin and leading to skin irritations, when in fact, it's one of the most important parts of our cleansing routine. By using a high quality toner, we can;
Balances skins delicate PH level
Hydrates the skin
Helps to calm and balance the skin ready for the next facial step
Removes any bits of remaining oil, dirt and debris off the skin
I use The Natural Health Clinics Rose Quartz Face Spritz, Made with Organic Rose Otto hydrolat. In other words, self love in a bottle! you can even store in the fridge for a cooling facial mist anytime throughout the day!
In my facials I use crystal rollers and gua shas, these are great for home use too, you don't have to be a professional to indulge in these tools, Rose Quartz and Jade are known to harness good energy and promote feelings of self love and emotional stability. A combination between manual massage and crystal tools really do work together in harmony for the perfect DIY self care facial at home! If you would like more guidance on how to use the tools and facials, please follow my instagram and check out my IG videos @theglowroomgsy!