DIY: How to do an at-home facial
Your daily skincare routine probably consists of a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, which will keep your skin clear and healthy looking. An at-home facial, on the other hand, can work to target specific concerns such as congestion, dullness and skin texture – issues that require more active ingredients.
Not sure where to start? Read on to learn how an at-home facial can upgrade your skincare regime without breaking the bank.
Step 1: Start with a clean base
The first step in your DIY facial should be a thorough cleanse of the face, neck and chest. Use a gentle cleanser that your skin is used to, and take the time to massage it deeply into the skin. Then remove it with a hot cloth and warm water, patting dry with a towel.
A face mask is one of the most important elements of your at-home facial, but it’s important that you use one that is suited to your concerns. Vichy’s range of naturally infused mineral masks, for example, features three different formulas that address everything from dullness, to congestion, and dehydration. The first is The Double Glow Peel Mask, ideal for brightening the complexion and restoring radiance. It uses fruit acid AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) to create a double-peel action that removes dead skin cells and leaves behind a softer and more refined texture.
The second is the Purifying Pore Mineral Mask that’s perfect for congested or blemish-prone skin. This formula eliminates excess sebum and impurities through a combination of two fine white clays: Kaolin and Bentonite. These clays penetrate deep into the skin’s surface working to unclog pores and hydrate the skin. Finally, Vichy’s Quenching Mineral Mask instantly soothes and relieves uncomfortable and sensitive skin with Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water – an ingredient sourced deep from the French volcanoes. It’s also formulated with vitamin B3, hydrating Glycerine and refreshing Menthoxypropanediol. If you have a combination skin, learn how to multi-mask.
This latest skincare trend involves applying a variety of masks to the areas of your face where they’re needed, allowing you to benefit from a truly customized experience. Read more about multi-masking here.
Step 3: Make sure you don’t leave the mask on for too long
Be sure to check the packaging of your mask to find out how long it’s designed to be left on for. A clay mask, for example, only needs five minutes and any more than this can cause it to dry out, stripping essential oils from the skin. Drape a hot cloth over the face for a few moments as this will allow the pores to really open, before using it to remove the rest of the mask with warm water.
If you’re using a hydrating and cooling mask, however, you may prefer to remove with a tissue or cool water to avoid putting heat back into the skin. Each Vichy mask has slightly different instructions so head here to make sure you’re using yours in the most effective way. *include hyperlink to mask page on Vichy website
Step 4: Refresh your skin
Once you’ve removed your mask with either water or a tissue, add a few drops of an exfoliating toner to a cotton pad and sweep it gently across the face and neck. Vichy’s Idéalia Night Peeling treatment is suitable for sensitive skin, yet uses powerful active ingredients to rejuvenate the skin overnight revealing a natural radiant glow. Next, spritz a small amount of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water all over the skin for final dose of refreshment and hydration.
Step 5: Complete your facial with a serum and moisturiser
The final step in your indulgent facial should always include hydration. First, apply a serum that is rich in skim-plumping ingredients such as hyaluronic acid as this will instantly strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function. Vichy’s Aqualia Dynamic Hydration Serum or Minéral 89 Skin Booster are ideal.
If your skin is particularly thirsty, you may also want to follow with a rich moisturiser such as Vichy’s Idéalia Night Cream. This nourishing formula helps the skin renewal process to be successfully carried out while you sleep, leaving the complexion fresh and radiant when you wake up.