DIY home pampering Beauty
When you can’t get to the beauty salon but feel in need of a little pampering, you can recreate those luxury treatments at home, says Sheree Mutton.
We all love salon treatments, but often time and cost don’t permit a weekly or even a monthly visit to a spa. This is where DIY home beauty treatments come in.
According to beauty therapist Jocelyn Petroni, they’re on the rise. “I think women – and men for that matter – are increasingly more savvy when it comes to their home care routine,” she says. “Regular DIY facial treatments, such as masks and scrubs, ensure the skin is well maintained in between your salon visits.”
Where to start
Creating a salon atmosphere is the first step. “Ensure you have a clean, quiet space where you can really take the time to pamper and reward yourself,” says Jocelyn.
Celebrity facialist and skin health expert Amy Erbacher recommends being well prepared with fresh towels, a chair and the right tools for your treatment. “When you’re ready to pamper yourself, there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find what you need,” she says. “Create a beauty pamper box or set aside space in your bathroom cupboard to store all your DIY spa equipment.”
A facial is one of the most popular home treatments, as it can be done in as little as five minutes. “I like to follow the traditional method of removing make-up: double cleanse, scrub, mask, serum or oil and moisturiser,” explains Jocelyn. “I also like to give myself a firm facial massage to help tone the skin and promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Cleansing your skin is the best time to massage your facial muscles, promoting lymphatic drainage to detox from the inside.”
Facial steaming will allow your pores to open up and help remove toxins from the skin as you perspire. “Close your eyes and don’t place your face too close to the water,” advises Amy. “If you have sensitive skin and broken capillaries, I’d skip this and instead apply a facial compress.”
Whether you want to improve fine lines or give your skin a hit of hydration, there’s a face mask tailored to your needs. If you have more than one skin concern, try multi-masking.>>