Sometimes a trip to a beauty salon just isn’t possible, so if you want to revitalise your complexion, you’ll have to take the DIY route and give yourself a facial at home.

It may not be as relaxing as lying with your eyes closed while a facialist works their magic, but you can still give your skin a much-needed pick me up from the comfort of your own home with a few key products and the right techniques.

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How to give yourself a facial at home

Here, experts talk us through the six essential steps of an at-home facial. Cucumber slices at the ready…

1. Cleanse

 
 
 
 
 
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“A thorough cleanse is crucial when you’re doing a facial, as we want to allow the active ingredients in the skin to penetrate effectively,” says Dr Sophie Shotter, founder and medical director of Illuminate Skin Clinic.

Sarah Carr, facialist and Liz Earle lifestyle ambassador, recommends cleansing twice and removing the residue with a warm washcloth: “This ensures you have thoroughly removed any dirt and grime.”

Be sure to apply the cleanser all over your face, adds Dr Tiina Meder, dermatologist and founder of Meder Beauty Science: “Don’t forget to massage a little around nostrils and ears.”

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2. Exfoliate

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There are two types of exfoliants, chemical and mechanical, while some products combine the two. “Chemical exfoliation will take the form of a peel that loosens the dead skin cells on the surface,” says Shotter. “Make sure these are suitable for home use, and follow the instructions on the packet carefully.” You shouldn’t leave the peel on for longer than the recommended time.

Mechanical exfoliation, in the form of a scrub, is all about “buffing the skin and removing dead skin cells – this enables your masks and treatments to work harder for you,” Carr says. Work the product in with your fingertips using circular motions, being careful not to apply too much pressure.

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3. Serum

 
 
 
 
 
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“Apply a generous layer of a hydrating, soothing serum to the skin and allow it to absorb,” says Shotter. Look out for products with moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid or peptides.

Don’t scrimp on the serum, Meder says: “To achieve a ‘pro’ effect you need to apply at least 1ml of active product over the face.”

Carr says this stage is ideal for doing a bit of facial massage if you have time: “There are some brilliant facial massage routines online.”

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4. Mask

 
 
 
 
 
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“Your face mask is used to target specific concerns,” says Carr. “You can apply one mask all over the face and neck or you can ‘multi mask,’” which means applying two or more masks to suit different areas of the face. “For example, if you have a classic combination skin or oily T-zone then apply a deep cleansing mask to the areas that are oiler, and a moisture mask to areas that a drier.”

Meder says: “Apply the mask and leave on the skin for the recommended time, not less but not more, some masks could damage the skin if used for too long.”

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5. Moisturise

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“Always apply protection cream after facials,” says Meder. “The skin needs protection after action.”

That’s particularly true if you’ve used a chemical exfoliant or purifying mask. Shotter advises finishing with “a hydrating cream that suits your skin type. This should be non-comedogenic [non-pore clogging] to allow your skin to breathe and to keep it fresh and clean.”

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6. Sunscreen

 

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If you’re doing your facial in the evening, moisturiser should be your last step. However, if you’re DIYing it during the day, there’s one more essential product to apply.

“Don’t forget to finish off with a good coat of sun protection,” says Shotter. Even if it’s cloudy outside or you’re not leaving the house, the sun’s rays can penetrate through glass so it’s important to protect against damage with a high factor SPF.

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