Stay at home Spa | Part 2: The Mini Facial

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Happy Friday!

Last week my Stay at home Spa, Part 1 post went down a treat and I got some lovely feedback from so many readers; the Dr. Bronner’s products have been going down a treat too, I’m already half way through the lavender scented soap!

TOP TIP: Because the Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made with natural ingredients and are mild soaps, especially the baby formula, they are perfect for cleaning your make-up brushed with! 

For the past few weeks I have been testing out some face masks, most of which are from Superdrug and are very affordable, to put together a collection of products for the perfect stay at home mini facial. Some of these products are detoxing and purifying, so perfect if you have a little breakout, others are hydrating and replenishing, which is the ideal kind of facial at the end of a busy week. So sit back, relax, have a cup of herbal tea even! Close your eyes and enjoy the soothing and calming effects of treating yourself to a little weekly pampering…

The Detox & Purify Facial

This week has been a particularly hot and sticky week here in London, with temperatures up to 32°C some days; when you’re hot and sweaty it can cause some pores on your face to become blocked, resulting in spots and breakouts. Or, maybe you’ve had a particularly stressful week (stress can actually cause breakouts your know)? I know CAO offers and GCSE results were out this week and I can only imagine what kind of stress you were going through if you were waiting to hear if you got your place at college/uni.

Either way, from time to time, or depending on where we are in our lives (hormonal teenagers I’m pointing to you), we get breakouts and blemishes; a detoxifying facial can be just what is needed to draw out impurities and balance out the skins oils again.

When it comes to a purifying mask, the first thing that jumps to mind for me is a clay or charcoal mask; both natural clay and charcoal are excellent at drawing out toxins in the skin and body. One that I have been loving is the Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Reovery Mask from the August Glossybox (read a full review of this months Glossybox here). This is a Moroccan lava clay mask that brightens, tightens, hydrates and purifies; it is also paraben free and pH balanced, which means it won’t mess with the natural balance of your skin. However, this mask is more on the luxury products end of the spectrum, costing £59/€69 making it a bit of a splurge buy, and you might as well book a full facial at your beauticians if you’re looking to spend that money. You can however, for a limited time get 20% off if you are a Glossybox subscriber using the code: glossy20uk.

If you’re looking for a more affordable facial the Superdrug own brand Purifying Facial Sheet Mask (link not available; similar here) is for you. Sheet masks really took off this year, and I have been hunting down some at affordable prices all Summer, so I was delighted on a recent trip to Superdrug, to see that they have finally made it to the highstreet/drugstores. Sheet masks make stay at home facials extremely simple and straight-forward, if you don’t have a lot of free time on your hands then you don’t have to worry about faffing and fussing with clays and creams; simple tear open the packet, unfold the cloth mask, place it over your face based on the guideline and sit back for 5-15 minutes depending on the mask you choose. This purifying sheet facial can be left on as little as 5 minutes or as long as ten minutes, so great if you’re caught for time; this mask is packed full of detoxifying and healing extracts such as spearmint, tea tree, white birch, knotted kelp, bearberry & field hops. This mask helps draw out impurities and sooth any breakouts or blemishes you may have; if you do it before bed you will wake up to calmed skin, rather than angry, agitated spots.

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The Hydrate & Replenish Facial

At the end of the week our skin can look drawn out, puffy and tired, especially our under eyes; a hydrating facial puts back into the skin what the stresses and strains of daily life takes out. These facial masks are great the morning after a late night out, or during a long flight to prevent the recycled air from drying out your skin.

First up is the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, another sheet mask which is designed to intensely re-hydrate skin in 15 minutes while also boasting radiance reviving and anti-ageing properties (did you know that continuous dehydration cause premature ageing and fine lines?). This mask contains powerful antioxidant ingredients such as pomegranate and witch hazel extract, as well as hyaluronic acid which is highly moisturising and hydrating, helping to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

If you want to reduce puffiness and dark circles in the eye area, then Superdrug’s Refreshing Hydro Gel Eye Patches are amazing! These little gel patches are easy to apply and are extremely refreshing; packed full of hydrating and revitalising ingredients such as sea algae, caffeine, and gardenia extract, they take away the appearance of fatigue and tiredness in 10-15 minutes. I love how refreshing these feel, they are a great little pick-me-up on mornings when you’re feeling extra tired, or after work if you’re going out and want to boost your complexion.

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What are your current favourite face masks & facials? Join the conversation in the comment box below…