The best facials are more than skin deep.
Massage pressure points, lymphatic drainage and toxin elimination are the underlying keys to the best youth-enhancing treatments.
Skin and Laser therapist at Face Plus Medispa, Yvonne Culharne, reveals five secrets to the best DIY facials ever.
Facials Should Make You Happy
"Facial massage is important to stimulate the blood and lymphatic drainage," explains Yvonne. "This helps to eliminate toxins and encourage oxytocin production."
This hormone, she adds, acts as a neurotransmitter to the brain and is known for its effects as a mood enhancer, hence the feeling of 'floating on air' post-treatment! So, if you're giving yourself a facial at home, always pat in the product with a firm, but gentle, palm, and always move in upward, sweeping motions to work against gravity.
Facials Should Be Felt
Gentle, thorough massage is essential to achieving a healthy complexion, notes Yvonne. "There are many benefits to working on pressure points during massage," notes Yvonne.
"[These include] reducing stress, helping to clear colds and congestion, stimulating cell turnover and improving skin texture and clarity."
Facials Should Focus On Pressure Points
"The Heavenly Pillar is an acupressure point located at the base of the skull," Yvonne explains. "This point has three origins; helping stress related to the skin, eliminating toxins and improving the skin complexion. You can stimulate this point by holding your thumb in place and pressing two to three minutes daily."
Yvonne also recommends making time to treat yourself to a 10-20 minute massage once a month.
Facials Should Be Makeup Free
For the best results when doing a facial massage ensure the skin is properly cleansed, free from makeup and surface debris. "Sanitise your hands and have the nails well-groomed and cut back," urges Yvonne.
Facials Shouldn't Be Experimental
If you're at home and feel like your complexion needs a freshen up, don't go switching around your skincare. Skin reactions are real, and if you are layering product (such as cleanser, toner, exfoliant and moisturiser) you don't want to ignite a rash that won't quit. If you don't have all of these products, don't worry. Just invest in one key skin hydration that achieves several skin goals, like facial oil.
Firstly, cleanse with a warm, clean wash cloth and massage in a few drops of facial oil, which remains a huge celebrity trend. Yvonne uses them regularly at Face Plus, with Dr.Spiller Vitamin Skin Function Oil on high rotation.
"It restores natural lipids to the skin that can be lost because of harsh product use or environmental factors," she explains, adding that it is also rich in essential fatty acids including jojoba oil, antioxidant and vitamin E which soften and nourish skin in one step."