By Helene Ravlich
Right now all of our go-to beauty specialists are on lockdown just like us, so we’ve been looking to what we already have in our bathroom cabinets that could fill the gap until they are up and running again. And when they are up and running again we are SO there for them, helping them recover in any way possible from the impact the pandemic has had on their businesses. Beauty pros – we are most definitely thinking of you, and can’t wait to see your faces again soon!
But in the meantime, whether you’re shopping your stash or ordering online, here’s some suggestions for beauty buys that really do deliver serious facial-worthy results at home, making them go-to’s for maintaining healthy skin in levels three and four…
The first part of any great facial involves a little exfoliation to pave the way for subsequent treatments to do their job. It clears the debris so active ingredients can absorb effortlessly without encountering any superficial blockages, and the OG from Dr. Dennis Gross offers the best store-bought peels to infuse your skin with a surge of powerful anti-aging, anti-acne, and revitalising ingredients. The Extra Strength Peel option is a two-step daily vegan peel that helps address the most common visible signs of ageing including uneven tone and texture, fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Unlike the brand’s Universal Peel, these pads are formulated with seven acids for accelerated results. The first step will gently exfoliate whilst the second step neutralises the acid blend and delivers anti-ageing actives to the skin.
This beauty uses mineral-based detoxification to purify your complexion and amplify radiance, which we could all do with a little extra of while we’re locked down. A clarifying, anti-ageing face mask and concentrated spot treatment, it’s the perfect way to help firm your skin as you combat mask wearing and daily pollution, and can also help rescue a lacklustre or troubled complexion.
Key to the formula are illuminating mineral clays that activate on contact to absorb excess sebum, draw out impurities and minimise pores. The skin’s cellular integrity is then strengthened with a firming dose of skin-plumping peptides, while circulation-boosting green tea and caffeine instantly brighten, giving you a hydrated, healthy glow.
Not keen on a peel? This is where a multi-faceted exfoliator comes in to save the day. Straight from celebrity facialist Kate Somerville’s Hollywood clinic, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is a crazy-good, multi-action exfoliator designed to clarify and polish skin to leave it smooth, clear and bright. Formulated with chemical exfoliants, fruit enzymes and physical granules, it goes straight to work removing dead skin build-up from the surface of the skin and debris and oil from within the pore, while a vitamin cocktail of A, E and C helps restore the skin’s natural barrier to leave skin stronger and youthful-looking.
A cult-favourite night treatment loved by beauty eds and Sunday Riley devotees alike, Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is a 5 percent lactic acid formula that gently exfoliates skin on a cellular level to clear clogged pores, plump fine lines, and fade dark spots and acne scars. It is a good option if your skin is on the more sensitive side due to its easy-does-it approach, and just popping it on at night before bed makes it a lazy beauty freak’s best friend.
Part of the Imbibe Skin Care System, Sculpt is a tool that I originally thought looked great… but really didn’t expect to fall so hard for! A 24-carat gold-plated, vibrating tool that you glide over your neck, cheeks, temples and forehead, it helps all that came before it sink well into the skin, as well as delivering a next-level glow. In essence, it re-defines the ancient use of lymphatic facial massage by gliding over skin to gently stimulate muscle contractions, helping to define the contours of your face, reduce the appearance of fine lines and leaving skin with lift and bounce – naturally.
I love MV Skintherapy’s award winning Signature Mineral Mask, which is a beautiful way to give yourself a mini facial at home. A game changer when it comes to reducing redness and evening out skin tone, this soothing, strengthening and refining mask is a perfect skin pick-me-up and definitely selfie-approved. I add a few drops of the brand’s Jojoba or Rose oil to the mix for a little extra hydration, and love the genuine glow it delivers each and every time you use it.
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