Christmas is just around the corner and I thought I’d share with you all a great Christmas present that you can give to a friend, your mum or really whoever you like, that doesn’t cost a thing. Now before you think I’m being cheap, let me tell you that I can pretty much guarantee that whoever you give this present to will LOVE it!
At home spa facial ‘vouchers' are a great gift to give to somebody because not only do they cost nothing, but they may actually help the person you are giving the facial to, to find out what skincare products work for them.
First things first (I’m the realist), you will need to determine what sort of skin the person has, because you’ll want to cater to their skincare needs. The main reason I say to do this is because if the person has extremely sensitive skin, you might want to stay away from those heavily fragranced creams and lotions as this can aggravate their skin.
Next, find a place for the person to lie down. As most people (me included) don’t own a masseuse table, a bed is the perfect alternative. You’ll want them to lie so that their head is closest to you (in other words, you’ll be sitting behind them and you will be looking at their face upside down). Once they're lying down comfortably, you can begin with the facial.
*Disclaimer: I am in no way a professional at this, I simply watch a lot of videos on skincare and giving facials. I’m not claiming to know everything there is when it comes to skincare treatments.*
If the person has makeup on, get two makeup removal circles and soak them in makeup remover, my favourite makeup remover is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Gently remove face makeup first, before moving onto lips and eyes. Be very careful around the eyes in particular!
Get a large flannel and run it under hot water and squeeze out the excess- careful you don’t make the towel too hot! Check with the person to see if the towel is an alright temperature. Lay the longer side of the towel just below their chin and begin to drape the towel over their mouth. Once you reach the start of their nostrils, lay the towel flat and then wrap the towel either side of the nose (if you are confused, have a look at this picture here)
Once their face has been steamed for a few minutes, remove the towel and dampen hands with hot water ready for the cleanse. The cleanser I like to use is the Oxygen 2 in 1 Cleanser* because it smells lovely and contains tiny pieces of crushed up pumice stone, which gives a nice little exfoliating effect. Work this cleanser into the skin in somewhat slow, sweeping motions. Then, run the towel under hot water again, and lay it on the face in the same way as before. Then gently unwrap the towel and wipe off the cleanser.
The next step is to exfoliate. Ask the person if they would like their skin to be exfoliated or if they’d rather have a mask applied. If they choose to exfoliate, then squeeze out a small amount of product onto your fingers (which again, should be slightly damp with hot water to allow the product to spread) and gently work this into the skin in circular motions. Be careful not to press too hard as over exfoliating can cause sore and sensitive skin- remember, you are exfoliating someone else’s face, so it’s more difficult to gage how hard you may be pressing. The exfoliator I like to use is the Green Tea one by St Ives.
Repeat the same ‘wash off’ procedure as you did with the cleanser. The next bit is optional, but I find it adds a really nice touch to the facial. I spray the Caudalíe Beauty Elixir over the persons skin to act as a toner, and to cool down their skin before moving onto the next steps.
Using the Trilogy Rose-hip Oil*, massage the persons face in slow, sweeping movements. These movements are referred to as effleurage, a French word meaning “to skim”. Continue these movements for about 10-20 minutes. Finally, finish the facial by applying a moisturiser. The one I like to use is Savar’s Essential Hydration Moisturiser* because it really locks in moisture and makes the skin feel incredibly smooth and velvety.
I hope these steps to give a facial were helpful! Let me know if you use this gift idea- I’d love to hear how it goes or who you plan to treat to a facial!