Give yourself an at-home facial with our Dr Sophie Shotter-approved guide
We’ve entered the phase of self-isolation. A worrying but necessary precaution, where the only thing left to do is keep calm, carry on and look for the little silver linings. Self-care is now more important than ever, as we stare down the barrel of weeks’ worth of quarantine, we must take joy in simple things that we can do from home to not only boost our mood but in this case, keep ourselves looking and feeling healthy and radiant.
The benefits of a DIY facial are endless; it will instantly leave your skin looking and feeling luminous, it helps to keep your skin in optimum health so you’re less prone to breakouts, congestion and dehydration and it’s a great way to unwind, relax and treat yourself to a much-needed dose of TLC that we all so desperately crave after the stress of the last few weeks.
Dr Sophie Shotter has translated her top-notch expertise and devised the ‘Illuminate Glow Lockdown Facial’ – a gold standard facial, ideal to do at home and just a few clicks away from being delivered directly to your front door in beautiful yet discreet personalised packaging.
Turn your bathroom into a relaxing space. Remember, you are not about to carry out your usual daily skincare regime. Turn it into an occasion – tie your hair back, put on your comfiest, fluffiest dressing gown, dim the lights, light your favourite candle and play some gentle, ambient music. Take your time with each step of the facial and pay attention to how each product looks and feels on your skin before moving onto the next.
If you’re touching your face you must make sure your hands are clean and germ-free first. After all, this is the reason so many of us are at home in the first place. This means two rounds of humming happy birthday while scrubbing your hands in soap and warm water. And then, you are ready to begin.
Start with cleansing. Treat your pores to a deep clean with Neostrata’s Facial Cleanser to melt away every last trace of make-up. Massage the cleanser into your skin paying extra care and attention to all the little nooks and crannies where you may have congestion – the sides of your nose, your chin, down the sides of your neck. Use a cotton pad dipped in warm water to lift the cleanser and melt any grime away. Treat your skin to a second cleanse to remove any remaining residual oil, leaving the skin feeling fresh, comfortable, balanced and squeaky clean. Gently pat dry with a tissue – try to avoid using your usual bath towel which can often be a magnet for bacteria.
Next, concentrate on a light exfoliation to remove skin impurities and dead skin cells, revealing a soft skin texture. Snap open the ‘peel’ solution from your ‘Peel2Glow’ kit and empty the contents into the back of your hand. Use your fingers to apply the solution to your face, neck and décolletage. The AHA based peel gently exfoliates your stratum corneum (the top layer of your skin), reducing fine lines and improving the appearance of the skin. Wait two minutes while the product sinks in and works its magic, then take two damp cotton pads and gently remove the solution.
Boost hydration levels and bring new life to your skin in this next step. The ‘Exuviance Bionic oxygen facial’ is a unique mask with multiple benefits and is likely to be your favourite step of them all (it certainly is ours!) Massage a generous even layer on clean, damp skin. Make sure to go all the way up to your hairline and take the product down your neck too. Wait five minutes, allowing a thick oxygenating froth to form and disappear – we told you it was unique, didn’t we? If you’re interested in the science behind this one, it is a triple oxygenating blend of ingredients which detoxify the skin and eliminate ageing dullness, while supporting vital cellular energy. In other words, it is guaranteed to reveal skin that looks and feels revitalised, refreshed and transformed.
In the final step, take the second part of your ‘Peel2Glow’ kit – the ‘glow’ solution. Snap it open and use your fingers to apply over the face, neck and décolletage. The powerful and hydrating cocktail provides an instantly refreshed look and leaves the skin visibly healthier, luminous and radiant. No rinsing is required, instead, spend time properly massaging it in. Glide the product from the corners of your nose towards your hairline, then up to your temples. Keep motions in a sweeping upward direction. Who knew an at-home facial could be this relaxing?
Experience a breath of fresh air for your skin, a restorative boost of radiance – email us to sign up and purchase your Illuminate Glow Lockdown Facial here.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.