Get ready by tying your hair back and if you have a fringe or short hair, get a hairband on to keep your hair out your face and avoid cleaning a lot of product out of it afterwards!
Stage one: cleanse and exfoliate
Remove all traces of make up with a gentle cleanser. I really like Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil from Argan 5, which is very gentle and ideal before embarking on a full facial.
Secondly you want to use an exfoliating or polishing face wash to give it a deep clean. I have very sensitive skin so I can’t use a harsh exfoliator, so I use Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The hot cloth has the added benefit of steaming your face at the same time as well. I rinse this through hot water and press onto my skin two or three times to open up the pores.
As you’re applying your cleanser you can take the opportunity to do a bit of a face massage. Doing a facial isn’t something we often set aside the time to do, so make the most of it and make sure you can really relax.
I also take this time to exfoliate my lips as well with Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which smells and tastes amazing.
Stage two: tone and moisturise
I always seem to end up with a few black heads on my nose 😦 so before the mask, I use Boots nose strips, Biore nose strips are also very good. Stick that on and leave for 15 mins or whatever the pack recommends.
Once done and fully rinsed off, you can apply the face mask. I love Boots’ Charcoal Face Mask and slather that on quite thickly. Then you can sit back and relax. Put some cucumber over your eyes, or I have a heating/cooling eye gel pack I pop on for 20 mins.
For a toning I like Caudalie Moisturing Toner, which is one of the very few I can use with my super sensitive skin. As with the moisturiser always remember to wipe upwards. Don’t want to be encouraging any premature ageing!
I do this in the evening as it’s not a great idea to apply make up after doing a facial, at least for a few hours. So I finish off my usual routine which I covered off in my previous blog post ‘my daily skincare routine’, with a bit of lip balm, i’m using EOS Strawberry Sorbet at the moment.