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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?

ecb x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 12:18pm

    I stick to a pretty dedicated skin care routine morning and night, ive got some fine lines and it really kicked my skin care up a notch cause i totally freaked when i spotted them. Im so confused about using a toner, so many professionals say yes use them then others say they are a time waster. Not sure what to believe. I have my simple toner stashed away so ill bring it back out to use again.
    I like the idea of a steam before exfoliating, it really makes sense.
    Thanks for a great article!

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 12:27pm

    Always make it a priority, otherwise no amount of makeup will make it look ok

  • Posted by: leemurr Enthusiast // Tue, 27 November 2012 03:04pm

    people it’s also about what you eat…… :)

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Tue, 27 November 2012 03:22pm

    I have a pretty set skincare routine which I stick to religiously. Bt I will be booking in for a facial next week for my bday and a massage too, yay

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 08:37am

    I try my best to keep up with my skincare routine even when things get a bit hectic. I like the idea of an at-home facial though and I’m looking forward to trying out the steam trick!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 11:49am

    I’m pretty strict with my skin care.

    I would like to see more information about toners, I haven’t used one in years and my skin looks great, too much conflicting advice.

  • Posted by: sarbear Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 01:47pm

    I think I shall start incorporating a regular steam into my routine

  • Posted by: cwingy83 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:40pm

    balance it’s perfect for great skin..

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 03:12pm

    I love at home facials, especially on a sunday afternoon before work on monday.Im totally fanatical about my skin care routine that i do morning and night, every day without fail, but i will kick it up a notch with these tips, thanks :)

  • Posted by: allybutler19 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:56pm

    I use Clinique 3 step program, in which the toner is actually an exfoliant…confusing but it actually works really well on my sensitive skin!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:59pm

    I’ve been wanting to do a steam for AGES but never got around to it, definitely need to put it at the top of my to-do list!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 09:28pm

    I wish I could say that I am dedicated to my skin care routine, but as a mum to a baby girl, I often find that by night time a quick wipe over using one of her baby wipes (*gasp*) is all I have the energy for.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sat, 1 December 2012 05:08pm

    I think i’m pretty consistent with my routine, however there are periods where I do drink lots of water and apply masks on my face.

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 08:32pm

    I definitely tend to slack off when I get tired, but I have been making a real effort lately! I love doing a mini facial, complete with three different masks – a deep cleaning followed by a brightening and finished with a moisturising!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 03:59pm

    Haha when i steam my pores i try to breathe in the steam…

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 07:36pm

    I love the models skin, btw. Very fresh.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Mon, 21 January 2013 08:11pm

    I love a great at home facial, I used to do them all the time on a sunday while doing my readings for school. I think I might get back into them as they seemed to relax me after a stressful exam week!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 20 February 2013 12:47pm

    Have stopped using my toner as felt it was drying out my skin.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Wed, 15 May 2013 03:23pm

    I’ve gotten a bit lazy with the self facials. I’ve traded them for nail polish reapplications. I do use sk ii eye masks because I’m normally able double task with these on.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Wed, 15 May 2013 06:37pm

    I do this often, works really well.

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 08:41am

    Absolutely I slack off from my skin care when things start to become crazy, but its so short term, my skin understands and is forgiving!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 18 June 2013 09:09pm

    I try not to slack off with my skincare routine. If things get a little crazy, I go with my multi tasking items. Nivea Exfoliating & Cleansing Wipes are an item I use frequently when pushed for time.

  • Posted by: jessica88 Master Fan // Sun, 30 June 2013 07:15pm

    I try not to slack off but life really does get in the way of my skin care routine. I really need to make sure I dedicate time to it.

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