I have a confession to make. I am a beauty junkie. I love trying new products and techniques to enhance my looks, and I get a real buzz from finding the ones that do what they promise. Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe we all have our own very unique beauty and I deplore companies that try to sell by playing on our insecurities or whose products don’t live up to their promises. I do, however, love to look my best, and make the most of what I have.
It’s important to take care of your skin at home – daily cleansing and moisturising are absolutely key to good skin . Home facials are a good option if time or money are an issue – it’s difficult to take two hours out in a spa or salon when you have little kids running around – and a half hour one evening can make a huge difference to your skin. The key steps to remember are:
Cleanse with a makeup remover and cleanser appropriate to your skin type.
Exfoliate using a product that is gentle. Anything that says ‘scrub’ in its name is best avoided and please oh please skip products that contain things like crushed fruit pit kernels. Unless you have very tough skin they can cause serious damage, including broken capillaries. One of my favourite exfoliants is Daily Microfoliant by Dermalogica.
Condition by applying a mask appropriate to your skin type, and allowing it the full time it needs to work (preferably with your feet up!).
Moisturise with a moisturiser appropriate to your skin type, and don’t forget eye cream!
There is, however, nothing like a professional facial. These are my two current favourites and I have no hesitation in recommending them. Of course, your experience will depend on the salon and practitioner, but carried out by properly trained aestheticians, these facials deliver results.
Caci + Hydratone
Available internationally, Caci facials work by sending a tiny electrical microcurrents to tone and firm face and neck muscles. I’m definitely not the first to recommend Caci, often referred to as a non-surgical face lift. Jennifer Lopez is among many celebrities who endorse it and Madonna is rumoured to have purchased her own Caci machine. Usually done as part of a relaxing facial, a gel filled Hydratone mask may be applied at the end to increase the benefits. I’ve been havingCaci facials plus Hydratone at Mimi Spa in Burton-on-Trent for over a year now my skin is definitely firmer, more toned and better hydrated.
Clarins Triactive Facial Treatments
Many major department stores in the US, Canada and the UK feature Clarins Skin Spas, and they are well worth a visit. Clarins Triactive treatments use highly concentrated plant extracts to deliver both immediate and long term results. There are several different treatment options, tailored to different skin types and individual needs. From the Detox and Shine Stopper to the Youth Activator, there is a Clairins triactive treatment for everyone. I alternate between the Radiance Reviver and the Moisture Replenisher at the Clarins Skin Spa at John Lewis in Reading. Both are incredibly relaxing treatments (I have even been known to fall asleep during the wonderful facial massage).
Although neither Caci not Clarins Triactive treatments are budget options (the Clarins treatments are much more reasonable than the Caci), many salons offer courses which mean that you get one or two treatments free of charge. They are well worth putting on your Christmas or birthday list, and they also make wonderful gifts.
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