POSTED: 28 Mar 2017


Good DIY facials should take into account your skin type, health and any skin concerns you have. Even if you’re too busy or cash-strapped for a professional facial, we’ve put together this post to help you get some of the benefits of our advanced bespoke facials at home.  In fact, we even advise our own clients to use these tips to create their own facials between visits. As with everything, time and the intimidating prospect of purchasing and applying  a billion different products is what puts most people off. So, here is our low maintenance guide to getting healthier smoother glowing skin. Please remember to avoid the delicate eye area (apart from Step 1).

Bespoke Facials Step 1: Remove Make-up and Cleanse Skin (<5 minutes)

This does not need to be two steps and can be achieved with one product. Remove all make-up and grease from the face with a gentle cleanser and cotton pads.

Product: You can use something dual purpose like Bioderma Sensibio micellar water (£10.50 for 200ml) or any other similar product just make-sure it can remove make-up and is suitable for use around the eye area.

Make your own: Mix lukewarm water and either olive oil, castor oil or Argan oil at a ratio of 90ml water to 10ml oil in a clean water bottle then apply as usual with a cotton pad. You can experiment by adding different oils such as Jojoba and even substitute water for rosewater. Alternatively you can massage olive, Jojoba or Argan oil directly on to your skin. After that use cotton pads soaked in luke warm water to gently remove the make up and cleanse the skin.

Bespoke Facials Step 2: Steam your Skin to Open Pores (5-10 minutes)

Place hot water in a bowl and lean over it (careful not to touch or get too close) with a towel covering your head. Alternatively you can have a warm shower if you’re lacking in time and want to multi-task.

Bespoke Facials Step 3: Exfoliate Your Skin (1-2 minutes)

Product: Use a gentle but effective exfoliator like the GLŌ Therapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub (£30 for 60ml).

Make your own: You can mix raw sugar (fine granules) with a little oil (good choices are olive, argan or Jojoba oil) into a paste. Then massage onto your skin then rinse off. For sensitive or acne prone skin, mix finely ground oat meal with honey and yoghurt then massage onto face before washing off. Once a month, you can substitute this step with one of our homemade peel recipes.

Bespoke Facials Step 4: Apply Mask (15 minutes)

Product: This will depend on your skin type and skincare concerns. To clean pores and reduce inflammation in acne-prone skin, apply a good clay mask like the Aveda botanical kinetics deep cleansing herbal clay masque  (£24 for 125g). Alternatively try the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (£25 for 100ml) or natural Ghassoul clay (mix with rose water for a luxe-treatment).

For sensitive skin, try something gentler like the Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing mask (£3.99 for 75ml).

For dry skin, try an intensive rehydrating mask like the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque  (£24 for 125ml) or Origins Drink Up  (£24 for 100ml).

For those really short on time, you can combine exfoliating and applying a mask in one step with this dual purpose white mud exfoliating scrub & mask from Estee Lauder (£28 for 75ml).

Make your own: Beat an egg yolk mixed with olive oil for dry skin. If you have oily/acne prone skin and large pores, use the egg whites alone with a little lemon juice.

If you fancy something all together more delicious smelling then mash together a banana. Then add a spoon of honey to make a mask suitable for all skin types.

For dry skin, try mashing half an avocado with a teaspoon of olive oil. Yoghurt and blueberries makes a great mask for oily or acne prone skin. Finally rinse off with luke-warm water.

Bespoke Facials Step 5: Tone and Moisturise (2-3 minutes)

Products: Ok, technically two steps but this really won’t take you very long. Toning tightens the pores. You can either buy a dedicated toner or use your micellar water which also doubles up as a toner.
Moisturising is important to keep the skin hydrated. Also massaging the product onto the skin will help stimulate blood flow. Again, choose something that suits your skin type. There is no need to opt for very expensive products (unless you want to). A basic but good choice is Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser (£4.19 for 125ml) or for dry sensitive skin then the Aveda botanical kinetics all-sensitive moisturizer (£34 for 150ml) is a good fragrance-free option. If you’re feeling decadent, the Teoxane Advanced filler contains Hyaluronic acid and is great for ageing skin in need of rehydration (£70 for 50ml).
Make your own: Witch hazel is great as a toner for oily skin whilst almond oil works well for dry. Moisturise with face oil, I personally like Argan and Jojoba oil because they’re good for all skin types. Avocado oil is best for dry skin and sweet almond oil works well for oily skin.
That’s all there is to create your own bespoke facials! It takes less than an hour and doesn’t require a multitude of products. Even better, you can make a great facial from items in your kitchen. One week is ideal although if you really can’t be bothered then every other week. Remember to regularly moisturise and wear sunscreen. Finally, check out our other posts on how to fit a fuss-free healthy routine into an otherwise busy schedule.

Authored by:

Dr Amel Ibrahim
Aesthetic Doctor & Medical Director
Founder City Skin Clinic
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Associate Member of British Association of Body Sculpting GMC Registered - 7049611

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