There’s nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up and being pampered. But if you’re new to treatments like facials, you may be wondering what actually happens when you get in the room. The not-knowing element can leave you feeling a little tentative, but in actual fact, the whole process is designed to be blissful for you, so there’s no need to fear. Here are just some of the things you can expect from your first facial, along with a few spa products to try at home between treatments:
For most beauty treatments you’ll be asked to disrobe, and that includes facials. Why, you may ask? Because a facial will usually include both a facial massage, and a massage around the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Lovely stuff, but it does mean you’ll be asked to take your top and bra off, or at least lower your bra straps.
Most facials last around 60 minutes, and the course of treatment will depend on you. A professional will give you a short series of questions to answer, including noting your skin type, any skin problems, and even your general state of mind. With those answers, the beautician will tailor the treatment around you.
Cleansing and exfoliating
Despite each facial being unique to you, you’ll almost certainly start with a cleanse followed by an exfoliation. The cleansing comes first, and at this stage, your beautician will be able to asses your skin.
Once they’ve fully cleansed your face, they’ll exfoliate with a scrub, steam or a cream. From your point of view, you’ll be laying back in complete serenity by now, so although this is all going on behind the scenes so-to-speak, you’ll simply be relishing the sensation of being slathered in creams and primped. You’ll find that beauty-room favourites like DECLÉOR’s Hydra Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse are commonly used.
At this stage, you’ll often have a massage. Typically, the cleansing and exfoliating products will be used in a massaging motion across your face, but now the beautician will actively massage your face and shoulder areas to boost blood flow and improve drainage in your glands.
All very technical stuff, but again, you won’t need to think too hard. In fact, the opposite is true. Fully embracing the feeling of being treated like a princess is highly recommended.
Masks and moisturising
Finally, your skin will be replenished with a mask and moisturisers. The mask applied will again depend on your skin type, and it may be left on for a few minutes if required. Some of the products you’ll see in good spas include Thalgo’s Deeply Nourishing Mask. Moisturisers and serums will come next.
Finally, you’ll be given some water and a few moments to come around before you dress and leave the room. After all that, you should step out looking slightly dishevelled, but luminous and relaxed.
A good beautician will give you a quick debrief of your treatment, so you’ll know what products they’ve used and why. It’s common to hear that your skin is dehydrated, and truth be told, the best way to manage that is to have regular facials. For drier skin types, the winter months are the best time to increase treatments. For oiler skin, additional facials in the summer months will help you manage things.
Between treatments, be sure to follow the beautician’s advice based on your skin type. You can also get hold of gorgeous spa-treatments to use at home, like NUXE’s Crème Fraîche de beaute set Dry Skin.
As soon as we first tried Dermalogica’s products, we were in love. Our crush on the brand hasn’t waned over the years, and we’re as passionate as ever about their smart-working skincare range.
So, what is it that keeps us coming back for more? Firstly, their collection has targeted products for any skin type, with free face mapping to find your perfect match. Secondly, they use clever scientific advancements to create treatments that do the job. Finally, they make us look and feel 100% fantastic. And if pressed, there are 5 standout products that always get big airtime at FD headquarters and give us all the more reason to love Dermalogica.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser
The superpowered formulas used by the brand are just one the things that make it stand out. If you have sensitive skin, getting hold of the right products can make all the difference. Step up Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser. Gentle enough for delicate skin, colour, and fragrance-free, and powerful enough to remove all dirt and grime, it’s a permanent fixture on our must-have list.
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
Caring for skin that’s prone to breakouts can be a tricky balancing act. For those of us with that problem, the search to find the best products is always a difficult one. Thankfully, we’ve found Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash. It can be used anywhere where acne and spots appear, and is tough on oil and dirt, without drying out your skin.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
Nourishing dry skin is a battle best won with daily treatments with the right kind of moisturiser. When paired with a great cleanser and toner, you’ll have all the makings of a solid skincare regime. When it comes to luxe, skin-friendly moisturisers Dermalogica has it in the bag. Their Intensive Moisture Balance cream is rich, packed with anti-oxidants, and free from artificial colours and fragrances.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon
We all know that a good night cream can replenish and revitalise even the most stressed of skin types. That’s exactly why we love Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon. A blend of natural ingredients works hard to nourish tired skin while you rest, restoring vitality, and soothing at the same time. Add to this the delicious motion-activated lavender oil, and you have all the skin soothing benefits along with a big-hitting aromatherapy treatment.
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant
Exfoliating should be a part of everyone’s weekly skin routine. Dermalogica’s face mapping will help you choose the right product for your skin type, but for us, Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant is the perfect choice for aging skin. Maximum fun factor can be had thanks to the self-heating formula, but it’s not about tricks and cheats. This ingenious exfoliant brightens, tones and firms while giving your skin a mighty vitamin boost.
Oils are known to be great for your skincare routine, especially if you suffer from dry, flaky skin. In fact, we’ve written an article all about it. But did you know that oils can work wonders for your hair as well? Whether you have uncontrollable curls or fine, sleek hair or anything in between, hair oils can help you control, hydrate and protect your hair from damage.
We’ve compiled a list of the best hair-oils on the market, and how they can help you look your very best.
Coconuts have long been a multi-purpose tool; acting as a healthy snack, a refreshing drink and a target to be knocked over at funfairs. But, did you know that coconut oil can work wonders for your hair?
Coconut oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and emollient properties. The lauric acid in coconut oil strengthens roots by warding off bacteria. It also conditions hair from within, moisturising your locks so they retain strength and shine. If frizz is an issue, coconut oil can reduce the loss of protein which can cause hair to become weak and unhealthy.
You only need to apply a pea-sized amount of Inecto Naturals Coconut Hair Oil to towel-dried or wet hair to reap the benefits of coconut oil. Be sure to comb the oil through your hair so that you reach every strand -the process is even easier if you warm the oil before applying.
For those of us who suffer from the curse of the frizz, a little of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hair Milk can go a long way. The natural ingredients will nourish, hydrate and repair damage to your hair and the coconut smoothie recipe will leave you with hair that is soft to the touch and smells gorgeous.
Almond oil is rich in minerals that are important for hair growth such as magnesium, calcium and zinc. Applying some Dark And Lovely Oil Moisturiser Hair Lotion With Almond Oil will add a little bounce and shine to your hair whilst also protecting your sensitive scalp.
The vitamin E in the Daily Defense Shea Butter & Almond Oil Shampoo is rich in antioxidants that can help repair damage to your hair, neutralizing the free radicals that are a major obstacle to healthy hair. The almond oil also locks in moisture and coats your hair to help protect it against damage.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil made out of the pressed seeds of the castor oil plant. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is high in vital nutrients such as vitamin E, along with beneficial fatty acids like omega 6 and 9. Castor oils also have high ricinoleic acid content that helps to increase circulation to the scalp which improves hair growth.
The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment is rich in essential fatty acids and other natural ingredients, like peppermint, to invigorate your scalp and help promote hair growth. The added Keratin will also de-frizz your hair and leave you with shiny and healthy looking curls.
Avocado oil can provide your hair with long-lasting and deep hydration, which makes it the perfect treatment for those of us with dry or damaged hair lacking in moisture. Avocado is rich in fatty amino acids that coat the hair. It also contains vitamins A, B6, D and E, and minerals like copper and iron, which can help stimulate blood flow and unclog blocked follicles which can help fight hair loss and aid growth.
Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Avocado & Olive Oil Shampoo is the perfect shampoo for those with heat or style damaged hair, delivering shine, hydration and control. Combining avocado and olive oil, it will leave hair clean and shiny without weighing it down. For hair that needs a little extra replenishing, Anatomicals Phwoar! Not Straw Avocado Hair Mask is rich in Vitamin E and will help give dry hair that extra TLC it may need.
Argan oil is a great all rounder for treating many different types of hair. It adds moisture to dry hair without leaving residue and will leave fine, grease-prone hair clean and shiny. It also contains antioxidants which help boost cells and encourages them to produce healthy hair and can be used to fight dandruff and a dry scalp.
Using Daily Defense Argan Oil Shampoo and Daily Defense Conditioner Argan Oil will ensure your hair has amazing texture and rich shine. It’s also safe to use with colour-treated hair. Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream has been specifically formulated to protect and reverse the damages of everyday styling, promoting strong, healthy hair. Use once a week on top of your regular hair care routine to keep it soft and shiny!
If you have naturally curly hair, macadamia oil is great for keeping it under control. It’s reconstructive, hydrating and packed full of antioxidants, so is great for calming frizz, tangles and dullness.
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment will leave you with luxurious, bouncy curls, and Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is a non-greasy, lightweight spray that will keep your hair looking great on the go.
If you have dry, brittle or style damaged hair, an oil-based shampoo and conditioner and a weekly oil mask treatment will help your hair stay hydrated, soft and shiny. If you have fine, grease-prone hair, hair oils can help you with growth and dandruff management, so there really is a hair oil for everyone.
For more health and beauty advice check out our blog, where we cover everything from Autumn Beauty Trends to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup.
Facials can work miracles for your skin; they’re cleansing, relaxing and even anti-ageing. A day at the spa for a professional treatment can be a lovely treat, but it can be quite pricey. Luckily, you can get all the benefits of a professional facial with a home DIY facial, for a fraction of the price tag.
From the correct way to cleanse, to how to properly hydrate your skin, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to do a DIY facial. Follow our home facial tips to enrich your skin and save your bank balance.
1) Cleanse Your Face
First, take the time to properly clean your face with a good cleanser. Wash it with lukewarm water and a cream cleanser, such as Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash. Lukewarm water helps lift the dirt out of your skin, but try to avoid water that’s too hot as it can be drying.
If you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to use a gel cleanser such as Derma V10 Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash instead to ensure your skin is clean and clear.
Next, use a good exfoliating scrub to really treat your skin. Exfoliating is when you remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin, leaving it looking healthy and bright, and helping your other skin care products penetrate deeper into your skin.
Apply a product such as St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub to your face, and gently move a washcloth in small, gentle, circular strokes around your face. Then, rinse your face with lukewarm water.
If you suffer from acne or regular blemishes, steaming your face is an amazing way to cleanse facial pores and eliminate dirt and debris. It will also help your skin absorb the products you’ll be using again later.
Boil two cups of water and once boiled, pour the water into a heatproof basin placed on a heatproof surface. Avoid plastic materials because toxic chemicals might be released by the boiling water.
If you feel like pushing the boat out then add a few drops of an oil of your choice from the Kneipp Herbal Bath Oil Collection. Just make sure you don’t add anything whilst the water is boiling or else the aroma will disappear.
After all that preparation, it’s time to steam your face. Once the water has cooled slightly, place a towel over your head and lean over the water. Make sure that the towel is big enough to trap the steam and don’t get too close or else you might burn yourself. We recommend you steam for at least 5 minutes to get the benefits, but no longer than 20 in case there are any issues you might be exacerbating.
4) Time for a Face Mask
Now it’s time for that all-important face mask. Face masks are great for hydrating your skin, getting rid of oils and improving the appearance of pores. What’s more, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to masks to try at home.
If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful, try the Metallic Easy-Peel Coconut Face Mask or the Anatomicals Hawaii Glow Tropical Hydrating Face Mask. For a little more luxury, invest in Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant 2 StepTreatment or for even smaller pores, try a charcoal face mask.
Alternatively, there are a number of recipes online on how to make your own face mask. Just try to avoid eating the bananas, honey or avocados in the process!
Next, it’s time to tone in order to restore your skin’s natural pH levels. The Revlon 24 Hours Gentle Toner or Kaeso Beauty Calming Toner Mulberry & Pomegranate contain a variety of ingredients that’ll help to tone and soften your skin. This is an important part of the process to ensure you have a salon quality treatment, so try not to skip it!
6) Moisturise & Hydrate
You’re almost finished! Now all that’s left is for you to moisturise and hydrate to leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy. The Derma V10 Q10 Innovations Day Cream is formulated to protect the skin against the damaging effects of everyday life. For a tropical twist why not try the Inecto Naturals Coconut Moisture Cream? The organic coconut oil will rehydrate your skin, lock in moisture and leave you smelling good enough to eat.
After all the above steps, rehydrating your skin with moisturiser is an incredibly important step, as you will have opened the pores and left it a little more vulnerable than usual.
Follow all these steps and you can be guaranteed glowing skin, worthy of the salon! For further skin care advice and information on all things beauty, check out our blog.