Facials are expensive, that’s for sure. If I had all the money in the world I would definitely get a facial a week to boost my skin. Ahhh….bliss. However, seeing as that’s not the case I’ve started giving myself DIY or at-home facials which to my delight have started making a real difference in my skin. I love to do these on Sundays before the busy work week begins. Here are some of my favourite at-home facial products for dry or acne-prone skin that are a real treat!
You can’t start a facial without clean skin and I’ve been placing more and more importance on my cleansers. One that arrived to me this week is the Pestle & Mortar Renew Cleanser. This one is fabulous for acne-prone skin because it contains papaya and mango fruit enzymes which help tighten pores and slough off dead skin. It’s great for those living in urban environments too because it contains superoxide dismutase which protects against superoxide toxicity, the most common free radical in the body. Interesting right? Meadowfoam seed oil also removes blockages in the skin making this the perfect skin prep before a DIY facial.
I love Murad products and have talked about them plenty of times before. The Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask targets blocked pores because when we have blocked pores that leads to acne right? So, for a deep pore clean this is a great mask to start out with. It contains Pomegranate, volcanic clay and polishing acids to suck out any blockages of dirt and oil in the pores. If you do have acne-prone skin this is a great mask to add to your skincare routine and use it weekly.
Another great mask if you are prone to spots and breakouts is the Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Mask. This is formulated with rare earth clays which act as a magnet and pull out all the impurities out of your skin. It also targets blemish-forming bacteria from deep within the skin. Sulphur is also a key ingredient because it clears the skin. For me this is the perfect mask to use before my ‘time of month’ because I tend to break out right before. It also works its magic in only 10 minutes so great for the time-poor crowd too.
If you have dull, tired and dry skin then this is a great peel to use at home to help soothe and also reverse environmental ageing on your skin. It also works to reduce hyperpigmentation (I have melasma on my forehead so am always looking for ways to reduce it). If you do live in an urban environment this is a fab mask to use to get that glow that you thought could only be achieved if you left the city to have a holiday in the countryside. With this one again you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes and use it once or twice a week for the best results.
I’ve been travelling a lot lately and with that my skin gets dry and haggard-looking and it loses that plumpness that makes me look younger. So I’m always looking for ways I can plump the skin up and get my glow back. The Murad Hydra-Glow Aqua Peel is a two-step system that starts with a Retexturising Swab. This is a cotton bud that has already been pre-soaked in an AHA-based blend of Lactic and Glycolic acids and this first step will help to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores, ready for the next step. The second step is the actual mask which is the Moisture Infusion Mask. This is a sheet mask that has been soaked in hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts that will boost skin’s hydration levels up to 400%! There are four masks in a packet so use them sparingly – you can save them for when you come back from a long-haul flight to restore skin which is what I’m using them for or before a big event to ensure your skin is plump and gorgeous!
So, once you have done the whole cleanse and DIY facial at home where do you go from there? I always like to put on a hydrating serum and in this case it’s the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. I’ve tried and written about the brand before and this serum is really lightweight and sinks in easily which is what I like the most about it. This kind of serum will just ensure that the benefits you get from your facial last that much longer. It also contains Vitamin E which we know is good for the skin and also this is great for sensitive skin.
And if you use a serum you of course need to top it up with a moisturiser. This is your final step in a facial or even in an everyday skincare routine. The Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Lightweight Moisturiser is as it says, super lightweight but packs a punch with hydration a swell. It’s got peptides in it along with jojoba and squalene to target those fine lines and good to use during the daytime as well because it fights free-radicals with added antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and Vitamin E.
Have you ever tried any at-home facials? If so how did it go and what products did you use? Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @beautyrocksblog for all my latest posts!
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