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How to: Find Time for an At-Home Facial
Tue, 27 November 2012 10:09AM
If you’re anything like me your to-do list looks like this: put up a tree, adorn it with an annoying array of tinsel, buy 14 gifts from 17 different shops, vacuum said tinsel, get a chiropractor appointment from the injury sustained from putting up the tree, bake several plum puddings, dust bust more tinsel and manage to remember the carrots and cookies for Santa and Rudolph? And that’s only half of it.
My skin is showing the stress of the pre-Christmas period. So in addition to a holiday – which I also need to organise – I need a facial, but it’s hard to find the time. It seems I’m not the only one leaving skin care to languish at the bottom of my priorities list.
Simple skincare conducted a recent survey that found 17% of females say they never perform skincare routines and 30% admitted they do only when they have the time.
So this is for you, ladies. And me. For I will vow to let my skincare slide for no man! (Even if he is really cuddly and cute with a pimped up sleigh.)
Here’s how to keep my skin nice, rather than naughty …
Step One: Take your makeup off quickly and easily using facial wipes. Ensure you opt for a gentle, fragrance free variety and preferably one infused with vitamins so that skin won’t be left too parched and dry. Try: Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes, $6.99, Priceline.
Step Two: Do a second, deeper cleanse. This can be done in seconds and will ensure it’s not just makeup – but grit and grime – that is also being erased from deeper within the epidermis. Your skin should be feeling clean and refreshed after this – not tight and uncomfortable. Generally, a cream cleanser is kindest for most skins, but you may need a liquid cleanser if you suffer from acne and oiliness. Again, a product with active ingredients and also soap-free is ace.
Step Three: “Treat your skin to a two-minute steam,” suggests Samantha Powell, Simple Skin and Makeup Expert. “Fill a large bowl with boiling water, grab a towel, cover your head with it and let the steam from the bowl work its magic keeping your head over the bowl for two to three minutes. This is the perfect way to prepare your skin before you exfoliate.” Be sure that your face is not too close to the water as you don’t want the steam to burn the complexion, which can lead to broken capillaries.
Step Four: Exfoliate! Apply the scrub by rubbing in circular motions around your face. Don’t rub too roughly as this is counter-productive to what you are trying to do. Exfoliation is about stimulating new cell turnover, not scraping off a layer of your complexion. Do this once or twice a week – depending on whether you are using a product containing active ingredients, which may mean once a week is fine – and rinse off with splashes of warm water or a warm flannel.
Step Five: It’s toner time, says Samantha, adding that many people have a misconception about toners and often skip this important step. “Toners work as pore refiners on your skin and are key to use before applying your moisturizer.” Using a cotton pad, wipe toner gently in upward strokes across the complexion, from the inside, outwards. You will no doubt still see some dirt and grime on the pad afterwards, which just goes to show how much yucky stuff skin sucks up!
Step Six: Moisturise like you mean it. “You’ve just treated your skin by cleansing, steaming, exfoliating and toning now you want to seal all the goodness”, says Samantha. Simple’s Kind To Skin Vital Vitamins Moisturiser, $12.99, is a good start if you’re a skincare novice as it is a special blend of pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E, which help to keep your skin moisturised and replenished. “When applying the moisturiser is it important to pat it into the skin – not rub,” says Samantha. “Doing this helps your moisturizer absorb into the skin.”
So Primpettes, do you slack off with your skincare when life gets crazy?
Or are you taking the time to ensure your complexion is as bright and shiny as a Christmas bauble too?
Posted by: ecb