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.

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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.”

Fa­cials

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.>>

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