I have only been for a couple of facial treatments in all my life. To be honest, I have found that although facials offer a relaxing experience, there are no significant lasting affects on my skin. For facials to make a true difference to your skins health and radiance, they need to be done at least once every fortnight or couple of weeks. The problem with this is that the majority of us can’t take the time out, and a decent facial starts at £50 and upwards. Also, I find when doing a DIY facial, you can leave the products on for a longer time and therefore they will probably work better.
As i’m a one-off facial kind of person, it works out better for me to do my own DIY facials using premium products.
My facial products of choice come from Elemis. I love Elemis because they are a British brand and they put years into researching ingredients for their products. Elemis masks contain key ingredients that are naturally found and are proven to improve skin.
I have used all of the elemis masks in the past and my favourites are ones that I would buy over any other mask. The masks and exfoliator are around £25-£28 each, which may seem pricey, however worth getting even if you only have a couple of facials a year as the products will last more than 6 months with regular use.
My elemis facial regime
Start with Elemis Papaya Enzyme mask. Made from, you guessed it, papaya enzyme, which is proven to melt away dead skin cells. This is a cream exfoliator, I would always use exfoliator before applying a mask, as this is one way for the mask to get deeper into the skin. I would leave the exfoliator on for 30 minutes as this is a gentle exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin. This costs around £28 for 50ml.
The masks which are my favourites are;
Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturising mask (for dry skin, or skin that can use some added moisture, this one can be left on overnight and I would recommend doing so. Costs around £28 for 50ml)
Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask (for dullness, great for Indian skin that tends to loose its glow and can look dull, I would leave this on for 30 minutes, costs around £25 for 75ml)
I would pick one of the two.
I tend never to go by the time suggested on the instructions and always double the time to get a better affect.
I buy my Elemis products from this website which does good discounts and has regular offers and free samples.
Of course there are always cheaper products that also deliver good DIY facial results, my recommendations are:
St Ives apricot exfoliator – this is my favourite non-cream grainy exfoliator and it really does get rid of even the driest dead skin.
No 7 Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask (£12.50 for 100ml), and Origins Drink Up Mask (around £20 for 50ml), or Sanctuary Moisture Mask (£2.50 for 15ml sachet that lasts around 4 uses). All of these can be compared to the Elemis Moisture Mask as they can all be left of overnight.
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