Skin health at home

How to Perform an Incredible Home Treatment

The most important thing you need to do when performing an at home facial, is to dedicate time and space to treating yourself and caring for yourself. Create a beautiful relaxing space, get in your comfy clothes, play some nice music, and set the scene for a relaxing moment without distractions. And why not listen to our Pfeffer Sal Relaax playlistfor a little touch of the clinic in your bathroom. Then, when the scene is set, lay out your products, take a deep breath and drop those shoulders. And begin.

Step 1 - Cleanse

Begin your facial with a double cleanse to ensure your skin is perfectly prepped for all your other precious potions. Use lukewarm water for your cleanse as extreme temperatures put stress on your skin’s blood supply and may lead to redness, broken veins, dehydration and a compromised barrier. Take your time cleansing, and really get into the corners of the nose, hairline and behind the ears as these areas are often forgotten and are hotspots for blackheads and congestion. Take your cleanse down your neck and onto your chest too. 

Top tip - If you have more than one cleanser to hand, use a balmy one first to dissolve any make up and grime, then a milky, foaming or creamy cleanser second depending on your preference. Skin should never feel tight or squeaky clean post cleanse. If it does, it’s time to change up your cleanser for a gentler formulation.

Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
Esse Skincare
Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
£95.50
Oil Cleanser
Kahina Giving Beauty
Oil Cleanser
£51.00
Sensitive Cleanser
Esse Skincare
Sensitive Cleanser
£42.00
Black Mint Cleanser
Odacité
Black Mint Cleanser
£39.00
Cleanser 27
Cosmetics 27
Cleanser 27
From £40.00
UltraCleanse
Synergie Skin
UltraCleanse
£46.00
Universal Cleansing Gel
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Universal Cleansing Gel
£62.00
Sea Minerals Purify Cleanser
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Sea Minerals Purify Cleanser
£38.00
Whipped Cleanser
BOTANē Skin Actives
Whipped Cleanser
From £54.00

Step 2 - Exfoliate

Exfoliation should be the next step as it will buff away dead skin cells and other debris which could block the penetration of  your serums. When you apply exfoliators which contain enzymes (better for sensitive skin) or mild concentration of acids (great for texture, acne, and sun damage) it is normal to experience some tingling sensation. 

 

Top Tip - To reduce the tingling sensation, you can gently tap with your fingers all over your face like you are playing piano. It is our little distraction technique we use in treatments which helps to take your mind off the discomfort, but also a way to subtly stimulate microcirculation which means better absorption of the product. 

Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
Esse Skincare
Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
£95.50
Rescue Skin Peel
Ling Skincare
Rescue Skin Peel
£65.00
Microderm Exfoliator
Esse Skincare
Microderm Exfoliator
£33.50
Glow
Shinso Skin Care
Glow
£155.00
Intense Restore Mask
Elequra
Intense Restore Mask
£56.00
reVeal
Synergie Skin
reVeal
£73.00
Luciderm
Synergie Skin
Luciderm
£75.00
Ultra Peel
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Ultra Peel
£145.00

Step 3 - Serums

Next, apply your serums - a general rule for skincare routines is thinnest to thickest so remember that if you’re layering many different products. Some actives don’t mix well so be aware of what you’re applying. The most common pairings to avoid are:

Acids with Vitamin C or A - all these ingredients are slightly acidic and this can be too much for your skin

Vitamin C and A - unless in a formulation together, it’s best not to mix these two together. Think vitamin C in the morning, vitamin A in the evening.

BHAs and Niacinamide - this can bring a little inflammation into the skin so avoid if possible

Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
Esse Skincare
Esse Gift Set - Sensitive Skin
£95.50
Resurrect Serum
Esse Skincare
Resurrect Serum
£98.00
Pure 27
Cosmetics 27
Pure 27
£70.00
Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
Odacité
Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
£32.00
Jo+L Clogged Pores
Odacité
Jo+L Clogged Pores
£32.00
Ca+C Sensitive Skin
Odacité
Ca+C Sensitive Skin
£35.00
Ba+S Eye Contour
Odacité
Ba+S Eye Contour
£43.00
Acceler-A
Synergie Skin
Acceler-A
£88.00
Recovery 27
Cosmetics 27
Recovery 27
£90.00
Essential Serum
Pfeffer Sal
Essential Serum
£85.00

Step 4 - Massage

If you have time, make sure to incorporate some facial massage into your home treatment. It will stimulate circulation, aid toxin drainage and relax the mind and skin. We’ve popped together 4 great massage routines so you can choose more relaxing protocols, or a stimulating blood flowing routine. Use your favourite oil or moisturiser to create slip on the skin so you’re not dragging or pulling at the skin. You can wipe off any excess product before the next step. 

Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
Odacité
Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
£32.00
Jo+L Clogged Pores
Odacité
Jo+L Clogged Pores
£32.00
Body Oil
Esse Skincare
Body Oil
£56.00
de-Stress Oil
Synergie Skin
de-Stress Oil
£70.00
Clarifying Oil
Esker Beauty
Clarifying Oil
From £40.00
Restorative Oil
Esker Beauty
Restorative Oil
From £40.00
Protect Oil
Esse Skincare
Protect Oil
£55.00
Argan Oil
Kahina Giving Beauty
Argan Oil
From £34.00
Po+R Hydration
Odacité
Po+R Hydration
£41.00
Pa+G Hyperpigmentation
Odacité
Pa+G Hyperpigmentation
£38.00

Step 5 - Masks

Make the most of your masks - they usually have a rich concentration of ingredients so don’t rush this part. Raid your kitchen cupboard for extra goodness to combine with them. Honey is nourishing and healing making it a great all rounder. Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) is fantastic to add into clay masks for an extra decongesting and probiotic boost. You can also add a few drops of your favourite face oil to really enhance the results of the mask. If you’re experiencing different conditions on different areas of the face, multi-masking is a fantastic way to deliver a tailored treatment at home. Our face map is a great guide on what masks to apply in each area. 

If your mask is clay based or a sheet mask, make sure you remove it before it dries, as they can actually remove all that precious moisture from your skin if left too long. If your mask is cream based, a beautiful trick is to massage it in a very thin layer into the skin before going to bed and sleep with  it overnight. You then should wake up with a plump, hydrated and nourished complexion.

Top Tip - When the mask is on, close your eyes and use the time to do some meditation or breathing exercises. Cucumber slices might feel a bit retro but they do have a calming and hydrating effect so don’t skip them if you have some in in the fridge ;). Alternatively, use teaspoons that have been chilling in the fridge and rest them on closed eyes to reduce puffiness.

Detox anTiox
Synergie Skin
Detox anTiox
£44.00
Bioactive Rose Gommage
Odacité
Bioactive Rose Gommage
£58.00
masquErase
Synergie Skin
masquErase
£69.00
Brightening + Mask
Karuna Skin
Brightening + Mask
From £8.00
HydraMUD
Karuna Skin
HydraMUD
From £8.00
Hydrating + Mask
Matte Mud Mask
Karuna Skin
Matte Mud Mask
Clarifying + Mask
Karuna Skin
Clarifying + Mask
From £8.00
Clay Mask
Esse Skincare
Clay Mask
£36.00

Step 6 - Eyes and Lips

Dot the eye cream underneath the eye, on the lids, above the eyebrow and in between the eyebrows and massage gently in. If you have any excess eye cream, apply around the lip area as the skin is a similar thickness and will benefit greatly.

If you've removed your mask, apply your favourite moisturiser and massage generously to aid absorption and relax the facial muscles and apply a generous layer of lip balm.

Top Tip - Finish your treatment by placing your index finger in between your eyebrows and draw a little circle - in reflexology, this move is thought to relax the heart and slow the breathing.

Eye Contour Cream
Esse Skincare
Eye Contour Cream
£99.00
Eye Architecture Cream
Eyes 27
Cosmetics 27
Eyes 27
£68.00
Lip Service
Synergie Skin
Lip Service
£31.00
Eye Cream
BOTANē Skin Actives
Eye Cream
£39.00