An indulgent, luxury facial is often out of reach for many of us. Although we dream of glowy post-facial skin, our busy schedules simply don’t allow the time.
Small upgrades to your everyday beauty regime can really take your skin care to the next level. We’ve delved into the secrets of some of the most in demand facialists in the world to help you improve how you treat your skin to get your complexion looking and feeling glorious.
Be kind to your skin
Facialist to the likes of Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, Dr. Harold Lancer specialises in anti-ageing, radiance boosting treatments. He recommends a kind approach to your skin, taking your time whilst cleansing and treating as not to pull or tug on the delicate skin of your face.
Applying product to extremely dry or flaky skin can prevent the product from properly penetrating, so I suggest my patients keep a facial mist in their bathrooms to apply between products. The main thing to remember when applying product is to be gentle. Good-quality products will work no matter how you choose to apply them, but being too rough with your skin – pulling or massaging too intensely - this can be problematic for your complexion.
How you choose to apply your products is just as if not more so important than the products you use. Being gentle to your skin is essential to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promoting a youthful complexion.
Get the most out of your products
Having worked with beautiful women such as Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen, Shani Darden knows a thing or two when it comes to achieving a beautiful, glowing complexion. She recommends prepping your skin for products, ensuring they work as effectively as possible.
Before applying a hydrating mask, steam your face to help soften hardened oil in the pores, then use an at home exfoliant. This two-step process allows ingredients to penetrate deeper.
Thoroughly prepping and clearing your skin before using hydrating products such as sheet masks and moisturisers improve their ability to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin for long lasting radiance.
Target your skincare
Joanna Vargas, who treats the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Julianne Moore and Karlie Kloss, recommends reflecting on your specific skin needs before treating your skin. Vargas suggests that you consider how each area of your face varies in texture and appearance and the needs of each specific area.
I am in favour of multi-masking. I either mask different areas with different products, or I mix masks together. There are certainly no rules to it. If you're breaking out on your chin, then you're going to have a different concern there than you would have on your cheeks. And sometimes people need hydration but are super-sensitive, so you could combine a soothing mask with a hydrating mask and put that all over the face.
By using various treatments on your face, problem areas are more likely to be cleared up without causing irritation to the rest of your complexion.
The secret to the perfect facial is the right technique. Celebrity facialists like Sarah Chapman develop their own techniques to help drain toxins in the skin and reduce puffiness. From working with natural beauties like Victoria Beckham and more recently Meghan Markle, Sarah Chapman has perfected what she calls her 'facial gymnastics'.
My facials are renowned for the incredible massage technique. It’s a real draining, lifting, blood circulation boosting massage – a real facial gymnastics for the skin. So many clients were asking me how to recreate some of the movements at home. How to really bring their home care routine up into the treatment level.
Her signature technique has now been mimicked by her innovative facial tool. The Sarah Chapman Skinesis The Facialift replicates Chapman's unique facial technique, working to promote the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin for a radiant, healthy glow.