Free time? What’s that?
These days there’s rarely a spare hour to get to the salon or spa. But when your roots start to show or your face feels in need of a facial, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. These helpful tips will keep you looking salon fresh without having to leave home!
So it’s been a busy few weeks, months, let’s be honest – years! As lovely as it would be to lie back to the sounds of that calming, tinkling spa music and have a refreshing facial, life happens. But what is a facial, really? Essentially it’s a series of treatments to cleanse, exfoliate and nourish your skin. There’s no reason you can’t replicate the treatments at home, using good quality products, for a similar result. And there’s nothing to stop you Googling ‘spa treatment music’ for some soothing background vibes.
Proper cleansing is all about choosing the right product for your skin. Most people are suited to gel cleansers, which are usually a good fit for all skin types. There are gel cleansers for every budget, too. For very sensitive skin, try cleansing milk or micellar water.
There are two types of exfoliation – mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation refers to physically scrubbing
off skin cells, often with products that contain small granules and chemical exfoliation uses substances that dissolve
or remove damaged skin layers. These are often referred to as peels. There’s a growing market in ‘at-home’ peeling products. Exfoliation helps promote the growth of new healthy skin, which improves problems like uneven texture and
fine lines and wrinkles.
Treat your skin to an ultra-nourishing cream, to moisturise and help provide a barrier for your skin against dehydration. Another great way to nourish and firm your skin is by using a mask. Give yourself a few minutes of relaxation, kick back, and enjoy.
Between hair appointments
If you’re at the root cover-up stage between dyes and don’t have time to go through a whole new dye or a finicky (and
expensive) touch-up, try a coloured dry shampoo or a regrowth concealing shampoo. If your hair is just feeling a bit drab and dry, invest in some good shampoo and conditioner to start undoing the damage.
Add oils and a therapeutic treatment to your hair routine, to strengthen your hair and leave it feeling softer and healthier.
Between brow appointments
Unfortunately for those of us who consistently over-plucked in the early 2000s, the full, naturally arched eyebrow trend arrived with a bang around 2016. It’s still going strong, with eyebrows being one of the most popular online
beauty tutorial subjects. Neat, full, on-trend brows can do wonders for your look, framing your face and enhancing your features for a bit of glamorous drama. If you don’t have the time to schedule in micro-blading, tinting or threading, there are a number of products you can use to boost your brows.
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