A good facial should pep up your circulation, magic away zits and, for a few hours at least, provide lift and tone. It emphatically shouldn’t involve a ‘therapist’ slapping on and wiping off product after product then trying to flog them to you.
As much as I love salon facials, it’s perfectly possible to self-administer if you don’t have the budget or time to go professional.
Begin with a cleanser that gently removes all grime. Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, £8.62, is effective and largely free from chemicals. Next up, a more luxurious, nourishing cleanse with Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, £40, which also works as a lubricant for massage – try five minutes with a gua’sha stone such as Hayo’u’s Beauty Restorer, £38, to stimulate circulation and boost collagen production.
Once you’ve removed the balm with a warm flannel, rinse it then dip the flannel in Garden of Wisdom Pore Cleaning Powder, £12. Apply to skin and leave the paste to work for 10 minutes. Next, a few minutes’ steam works wonders. Go old-school over a bowl of boiling water, but I prefer an electric streamer as you can control the flow. Get them from £20 on Amazon or try the deluxe option like Sarah Chapman's Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer, £119. Add a few drops of essential oil to the water.
Rinse again and apply a nourishing mask such as Alexandra Soveral Volcano Ash, £41. Post-mask, apply hyaluronic acid and/or serum and an oil. Cue more massage and a few facial exercises you can find on YouTube. Top with moisturiser and charge yourself £150.