Saturday, 17 March 2018

My Skincare Routine // DIY Spa Treat!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Hello you gorgeous bunch! I'm back again with a blog post I've had planned for a looong time: my skincare routine. Day to day I usually apply a cleanser and moisturiser, but I won't deny that I will sometimes get lazy and splash my face with a bit of water, skipping the products altogether. The same goes for nightime: I always try to remove my make-up before I go to bed, even after a late night out (I get serious acne breakouts otherwise!) but I could definitely do better with the cleansing and toning.

However, at least once a week, I make the effort of giving myself some much needed tlc with an at-home facial. I started making this a habit as a way of just chilling out after a hard day, or even simply as a remedy for boredom, but overtime it's gradually ingrained itself into an important part of my skincare routine.

Having had acne throughout my teens to early adulthood, as well as dealing with the ramifications of the hormonal hell that is PCOS, my skin has been very prone to problems that made it difficult to find a product that works for me. My skin right now is definitely combination, maybe erring more on the side of dry than oily, and that means that sometimes my skin can appear clear and blemish-free (excluding the acne scars that become visible with a bare face), and other times it will resemble a literal greasy pizza with spots in the most awkward of places - the tip of the nose, middle of the forehead, smack bang on the cheek - I've had it all.

So, as a coping method for the complicated chaos that is my skin, I came up with this DIY spa-facial routine that leaves your skin not only looking great, but feeling great too. So, light some candles, stick on your humidifier, and play some soothing background meditation music, because it's time to get extra and give your skin the blissful treat that it deserves.

E M I L Y ' S  D I Y  A T  H O M E  S P A  T R E A T M E N T

1. Remove the damage: First thing's first, you want to remove all make-up and dirt build-up from the day (or night before- I'm not judging). Using a soft cotton wool pad, take a cleansing water like Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water or Simple Water Boost Cleansing Water and gently wipe all over the face. When I'm running low on cotton wool, I find a decent alternative to be some soft tissue, or even a make-up wipe if you want to be extra thorough.

2. Wash and exfoliate: using Clearasil Rapid Action Gel Wash, rinse your face with warm water then lather all over. Then, exfoliate the skin with T-zone Skincare Blackhead Fighting Facial Scrub. Use warm water to rinse, then splash with cool water and gently pat dry with a soft clean towel.

3. Steam: Steam the face for approximately 2 minutes by using a mini kettle and hand towel/face cloth. Boil the kettle then carefully open the lid and place the towel or cloth over the opening. being sure to avoid contact with the water. Leave for 30 seconds, check the temperature of the cloth first, and once it's safe gently place the towel so that it's resting on your face whilst tilting your head back. Leave for a couple of minutes, relax, then remove the towel. For an even more chilled vibe, I use these adorable unicorn cooling eye gel pads to reduce the appearance of my under-eye circles. Stick them in a fridge for an hour prior then shut your eyes and place over the eyelids. Exhale.

4. Cleanse: This step can be done before the steam, but I like to follow with the cleanser whilst my pores are opened up from the hot steam. Cleanse the skin using Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, then wipe away any excess with cotton wool or tissue. My boyfriend bought this cleanser for me and I swear by it - it's suitable for sensitive skin and works wonders on those prone to acne. I've not included toning as a step as I've gone for so long without that my skin seems to make do, but if you have a toner, by all means use it after cleansing - just make sure you moisturise!

5. Apply face mask: Create your own DIY face mask by mixing together 2 drops of biooil (to reduce the appearance of acne scars, if needed), a dash of honey, half a cup of coconut oil and two tablespoons of brown sugar. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice - I opted for Sanatio Naturals Sweet Orange, as citrus makes the skin glow. Apply to the face using your hands or a clean, flat make-up brush, then leave for 10-20 mins - you can also scrub this into your lips if they're feeling particularly dry. If time is not your friend, a quick alternative is the Simple Kind to Skin Rich De-Stress Sheet Mask - this had my skin feeling so hydrated and amazing and it won't break the bank!

6. Rinse: Using a facecloth, dampen the face with warm water, then scrub off the mask in a circular motion, to really feel the exfoliating benefits of the sugar granules. Rinse with cold water again to close the pores, then dry with a clean hand-towel. 

7. Moisturise: Apply your moisturiser of choice to the face - for a long time I'd been using Simple's own moisturiser, but lately I've switched to Nivea Daily Essentials 24H moisturiser/primer. My skin gets super dry when the central heating is on and this stuff is a godsend which also doubles as an excellent primer - win win!

8. Spot cream: If there are any nasty spots or pimples that you're tempted to squeeze, stop right there and opt for a spot treatment that contains salicylic acid. I've been using this cream religiously ever since a friend recommended to me - unfortunately I don't remember the name of this as it was on prescription, but it's definitely worth talking to your doctor if you suffer from particularly bad acne. Another great choice, though, that's available in any drugstore is Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel - simply apply a pea-sized amount to any spots by dabbing the cream gently onto the affected area - no need to rub in. If you were blessed with gloriously clear skin, feel free to skip this step!

And that's it - easy, right? Your skin should practically be glowing by the end of the facial, and even if you don't notice a visible difference right away, I bet your skin will be thanking you after a few weeks of pampering. Even if applying face masks is something you've never done, I strongly encourage everyone to implement this quick routine into their lifestyle - especially if you're too busy.

Left - with make-up and Right - without!

Sometimes, just by taking the time for yourself to relax and do something that will rejuvenate your skin can completely de-stress you and reset you for the week ahead. 

Let me know if you have any skincaree tips of your own, or go-to face masks I should try!

Em x


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