Fanatic about Facials: The Do’s and Don’ts

 Flawless makeup begins with exceptional skincare. If you follow me on Snapchat, you  will know that I’m a little obsessed with skincare. I try to do a facial on myself at least once a week! I am always getting asked the steps and the order in how you do them, for example, do you do the mask before or after you exfoliate, when do you apply the eye cream, when do you exfoliate etc etc. I am going to out line the steps below in how I do my facials, at work, in Re>Nu Treatment Rooms, they may differ to others but this is what works for me and been working for my clients over the years.

Pre-cleanse

Cleanse

Tone

Facial Oil Massage

Exfoliate

Mask

Eye Cream

Face and Neck Moisturiser

I always carry out a double cleanse, the first one will cleanse away any makeup and excess oil, whereas the second will cleanse the layers of skin itself. Facial massage is probably everybody’s favourite part of a facial treatment. There are so many little muscles in the face, that some people aren’t even aware of, that can become very tense during times of stress and working on certain pressure points help to relieve this stored tension. Also, the massage helps increase blood blow, helping toxins drain away from the area as well as bringing a fresh supply of blood, which helps brighten and enliven the skin. Yes please!

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Exfoliation is such an important step! It sloughs away dead skin cells, which will make the skin appear fresher and more youthful as well as preparing the skin for further products, like your mask. If we do not exfoliate regularly, all that lovely moisturiser that you have invested in will just be sitting on top of a layer of dead skin cells, unable to do it’s job properly, and you’re just wasting your money.

After the exfoliation comes the mask, which is usually left on the skin for 10-20. There are a huge variety of masks out there that do so many things, so it’s important to know your skin type and what your needs are. If you are unsure, you can always ask your beauty therapist to do a skin analysis. While the mask is on I like to carry out a scalp massage or a hand and arm massage, rather than leaving the room. This adds to the relaxation and helps increase the clients overall sense of well being.

I then finish with the eye cream, neck moisturiser and face moisturiser in that order. When putting products on the face always work in upward motions, so as not to drag down the skin, which can have an aging effect. When applying your eye cream, always tap the product onto the eye socket, rather than right up under the eye. The skin here is five times thinner than anywhere else on the face, which why it’s one of the first areas to age. This area will soak up the product if applied here and it will cause bags and puffiness and nobody wants that.

If you ever get a facial done and the therapist DOESN’T include the neck and decolletage area…ask her why??? A facial SHOULD include these areas and try remember them when you are doing your own skincare routine at  home.

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Regular facials are fantastic for reducing fine line and wrinkles, improving your complexion, and help keep it more supple and youthful.Here at Re>Nu Treatment Rooms, at the Tower Hotel, Waterford all facials are performed with Ireland’s first and original Peat Skincare Range Ogra Skincare. The rejuvenating benefits come from the abundance of essential oils and fatty acids in the peat. These penetrate the skin, re-establishing the natural pH balance and encouraging blood flow. The 100% Organic Peat Mask, specifically, is fantastic for treating acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and swelling. It can be used on the face and the body. I swear by this product, and have seen first hand the incredible results people achieve from using it on a regular basis

“Beauty essence Nourishing Facial” is a deep cleansing treatment followed by a nourishing facial and scalp massage leaving the skin purified and toned. It includes a gentle scrub and luxurious peat mask. It will leave your skin feeling super silky and your mind super relaxed.

“Anti-ageing Peat Facial” is an anti-oxidant facial that reduces the signs of ageing and gives you a smooth youthful appearance. It effectively improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles acne and scars. Includes a gentle hand or foot massage.

“Forget me Not Stone Facial” is a fabulous treatment that incorporates a face, neck and hands hot stone massage for the ultimate in pure indulgence. This allows the skin to drain, detox and boosts blood and lymph circulation which helps restore damaged cells. It will also brighten dull, lifeless skin and is personally my favourite of all the facials.

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Any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch, all my links are below

You only get one face, please please take care of it, you will thank me when you’re older.

Sarah

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