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8 things you need to do in order to nail the perfect blow dry at home

18th October, 2020

Hairstylist Keiren Street shares his tips for achieving perfectly coiffed hair at home

In an ideal world we’d all wake up with perfectly coiffed hair, ready to tackle the day ahead. The reality is that it does take a little wrangling to get locks looking presentable (unless you’re really, really lucky to wake up with a great hair day). I know when it comes to blow drying my hair at home I can never quite get the same results that I do when I’m at the hairdresser. So I went in search of answers. What are the secrets to a great blow dry? I enlisted the help of professional hairstylist and head & shoulders Supreme hair ambassador Keiren Street whose work frequently features in magazine editorials and on the runway to give me the lowdown on getting salon quality hair at home. Read on to banish bad hair days for good.

Start with clean hair

“A beautiful blow dry all starts with clean, freshly washed hair. Prep hair with new head & shoulders Supreme Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Not only is this duo going to leave your locks beautifully luscious but it will also ensure you are flake-free.”

Don’t dry your hair in the bathroom

“After washing your hair, move into a different room to avoid the humidity of the bathroom which can cause frizz. Also try to avoid removing excess water by wrapping hair up in a towel on to the top of your head as it can flatten your roots, resulting in an overall lack-lustre blow dry.”

Invest in good tools

“The tools you use really will assist in achieving a salon-worthy blow dry in the comfort of your own home. The first tool I would recommend investing in is a quality hairdryer as it will make your life so much easier and the whole process much quicker. The Cloud Nine Airshot is a personal fave of mine. My other must-have tool at the moment is the Super Brush, this wet-to-dry brush is the only brush you will need throughout the entire blowdry.”

Give your hair a pre-blow dry

“People often start the blow dry process from soaking wet hair, however the trick is to loosely dry the hair to around 90 per cent dry on a lower heat setting first. Amp up the heat and use your brush for the last 10 per cent of drying as this will ensure your hair stays smooth and holds its volume and shape.”

Divide and conquer

“Dividing hair into sections will cut time off your blow-dry. Part hair from the middle of the forehead all the way back and then ear-to-ear, securing with clips. Start at the bottom and work your way up, this trick is much more efficient than tackling all your hair at once.”

Blow dry your hair upside down

“Remove the excess moisture by shake-drying your hair upside down, as this will help reduce the amount of heat you are applying to the hair while blow drying. Make sure you prep your hair with a heat protectant spray and begin blow drying with the super brush.”

Work from side to side

“Work from side to side and back to front as this will give you maximum volume and create an effortless look. Always be sure to finish your blow dry with a cold blast, as this will help lock in all the hard work you have done.”

Keep product to a minimum

“Keep it simple and don’t over style your hair. The beauty of a good blow dry is the effortless look it gives off. Too many setting products will turn your look from perfectly polished to an 80s flashback!”

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The best foods to eat for better skin according to a nutritionist

12th October, 2020
Photo by Stephanie Studer on Unsplash

What you eat plays such a huge role in the state of your skin—a healthy glow isn’t just aided by what’s in your beauty cupboard, it’s also heavily influenced by what’s on you plate. I recently spoke with Trish Maharaj, who is not only the founder of mama-to-be skincare brand Madre, but also a cosmetic chemist and nutritionist. So, I asked Trish to share the best foods to eat for better skin, particularly when you’re an expecting mum. These are the foods you should definitely consider adding to your shopping list.

It starts with the gut

“It is not simply “you are what you eat”, rather “you are what you absorb”. The primary role of the gut is to utilise the nutrients from your food that your body needs. When the body doesn’t receive enough nutrients, it sends the few it can use to vital organs—heart, brain, liver—meaning our skin, hair and nails get pushed aside. We want food to be absorbed as quickly as possible to ensure that it doesn’t sit in the gut and ferment, which can then cause unpleasant gas, bloating & microflora imbalance.”

What should be on your plate

“Eat a high-fibre, colourful plant-based diet centred on vegetables, fruits and legumes. Include small regular servings of wholefood fats such as nuts and avocado with each meal. Choose lower glycemic load foods. My favourite skin foods include: Acai, pineapple, cabbage, sweet potato, seaweed, almonds, Brazil nuts, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, avocado and lemon.

What to skip

“Limiting refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, dairy, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine. This is hard but these foods are generally the culprits for acne and poor gut health which is directly related to skin health.”

What to drink

“[Make sure to] keep adequately hydrated [by drinking 2 litres a water day] is also essential. Try a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt in your water bottle for better cellular uptake.”

What to eat regularly

“A few examples of ingredients that I’d suggesting incorporating into your diet on a regular basis include: 

Photo by Vishang Soni on Unsplash

Red capsicum 

“With their high antioxidant levels, vibrant red capsicums help to keep your skin healthy and supple. They are a wonderful source of both vitamin C and the mineral silicon, assisting the strengthening and regeneration of collagen, the main structural protein in connective tissue. Healthy collagen production keeps the skin firm and reduces oxidative damage!”

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Sweet potato 

“Its high levels of beta-carotene convert to vitamin A in the body, meaning it provides us with both vitamins A and C, the antioxidants that fight free radicals from damaging our cell tissue, causing premature ageing.”

Photo by Anne Allier on Unsplash

Cabbage 

“Containing the skin-loving combo of vitamins A, C and E, cabbage is highest in some of the most powerful antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables. Interestingly, it actually contains more vitamin C than oranges! By now we know that vitamin C is critical when looking to minimise wrinkles, fight inflammation and heal damaged tissue. Its impressive nutrient content makes it a potent detoxifying food, slowing the ageing process.”

Lemon 

“Another good source of vitamin C. Lemons also support the hard-working liver, our main detoxifying organ. They strengthen liver enzymes and promote the secretion of bile, which in turn aids digestion. A detoxification agent, blood purifier and digestive aid, they are in actual fact alkalising once within the body (despite their acidic taste!). [A skin tip would be to] consume the juice of ½ lemon with a cup of warm water first thing daily to cleanse the body and prepare metabolism, and use lemon throughout your day in salad dressings, stir-fries and smoothies.”

Almonds 

“The monounsaturated fats within almonds help retain moisture within the skin, softening and protecting it. These beautifying nuts are rich in vitamin E, the primary antioxidant in human epidermal tissue. Vitamin E works to protect the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays, whilst also nourishing the skin from within to prevent dryness.

Fermented vegetables 

“Loaded with probiotics and enzymes, fermented vegetables work on ensuring the gut is a friendly environment for good bacteria to thrive! This helps with digestion and the absorption of all these skin-loving nutrients. Probiotics also work to keep your system free from nasty pathogenic bacteria that cause digestive upset, poor immunity and inflammation, which may lead to skin irritation, acne or dull, unclear skin.

Other foods to include are all green leafy vegetables, carrots, avocado, berries, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and Brazil nuts.”

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The key to great foundation according to my go-to makeup artist

7th October, 2020

Whenever I have to get my glam on, whether it’s for a big event or a shoot, more often than not I turn to makeup artist Michael Brown. With over 20 years’ experience, he’s worked with major brands such as Marc Jacobs Beauty and VS Sassoon, is the resident beauty expert for ATC Races and has worked with celebs like Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, Jesinta Franklin and Jennifer Hawkins. So, essentially he knows his stuff when it comes to makeup.

I usually walk away from one of our makeup sessions with a new product to try or a tip to remember. So I figure who better to share his expertise on the first step in any makeup routine. With a wealth of knowledge up his sleeve, I asked Michael’s tips for how to achieve a great base and get foundation spot on—plus the big no-nos to avoid.

Skin prep is key

“This is a very common trend in Australia, foundation looking very heavy or obvious on the skin.

Yes, this could be incorrect foundation choice or bad application if it is looking obvious on the face, but more times than not, the foundation product has been applied over skin with no real skin prep which is crucial for that second skin complexion that most women are after.

It is important to apply foundation to a smooth, well-hydrated, plump skin, so this all comes down to good skincare. Try to exfoliate once a week to buff the skin. When your skin is well hydrated, foundation will melt into the face, not catching or looking dry in certain areas either.”

Avoid dense formulations

“Use a water-based or light fluid moisturiser under foundation for that perfect bond. A more dense cream can sometimes be to thick or oil-based and much longer to absorb into the skin, so foundation doesn’t actually bond well, rather than a lightweight gel-cream for example.”

Understand your skin tone

“I see so many women wearing very obvious mismatched foundation shades on their skin. Yes, there sometimes can be other factors like not enough moisture on the skin, therefore the colour can appear darker on dry patches of the skin, but in most cases, its just not getting the skin tone correct.

It is important to understand skin under-tones such as warm, cool and neutral.

Do you have any pink running through your skin? This is the easiest way to tell between cool and warm. Pink equals cool and you’ll have a bluish vein tone on the back of your wrists. Warm skin tones will have no pink, more a yellowish undertone and a green vein tone on the back of your wrists.

For anything else, you might be neutral which is very common with Asian skin tones. Or if are trying to diffuse colour from your skin, neutral foundation shades are for.”

Don’t match foundation to the back of your hand

“Never try to colour match your foundation on the back of your hand, as it wont be applied there and hands are often darker than our face, so apply on the cheek/jawline area, as that will give the most true colour match.

If someone wants to warm up their skin, especially now coming out of winter and going into warmer months, rather than going up a notch in foundation shades, it’s best to mix a dab of liquid bronzer into your foundation so that it slightly warms up the product to give warmth, otherwise your face can look very different to everything else if you try to change your skin tone.”

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The dos and don’ts of great brows according to an expert

28th September, 2020

Pic: Instagram/@caradelevingne

Your eyebrows can change your face dramatically (good or bad!) so it pays to devote a little time and attention to them to keep them looking in top shape. Achieving Cara Delevingne level eyebrows isn’t impossible – you just need to know the right tips and tricks to make it happen. Amy Jean Linnehan, founder of Amy Jean Brow Agency and the go-to brow expert for the likes of Dannii Minogue, Naomi Campbell and Delta Goodrem shares her top tips for keeping yours looking amazing.

What are some of the biggest brow mistakes people make? 

“It’s best not to improvise on how to shape your brows at home. Invest in a professional opinion, then follow their lead. I think the worst mistake on an eyebrow is too much product. You now see Instagrammers demonstrating up to 3-4 products on one eyebrow. I think this is a little “theatrical” and overdone in my opinion.”

What are the key characteristics of good eyebrows?

“Symmetry and softness. Never cut the eyebrows with scissors. This will cause a very rebellious regrowth of coarse hair that will protrude forward from the skin. Unruly brows can be awfully distracting.

Another key characteristic is a slightly elongated brow with a soft arch. This will open your eye for a more youthful appearance.”

What can you do if you’ve over plucked?

“You can learn how to use a product and softly sketch them in daily or try Micro-Feathering. Brow tattooing is nothing like a “block” of colour like the old days. We now etch fine strokes into the outer layers of the skin that mimic real hairs, and natural pigments are used for realistic “hair-like” results. This procedure is painless and lasts 12-18 months.”

What should every woman have in her brow kit? 

“Brow Brush: to comb through the hairs before you apply your product.

Tweezers: to maintain your shape and de-bulk any rogue hairs within the brow line.

Your favourite brow filling product: whether it be pencil or powder you should always have a staple.”

What kind of brow maintenance should a woman incorporate into her beauty routine?

“An appointment with a brow specialist every 4-6 weeks. A de-fluff with wax helps to maintain a polished glow over the brow bone.

Tidying up your brows with tweezers at home in natural light every two weeks.

If you have no brows, then book a Micro-feather touch tattoo treatment (this is done in two stages, 4-8 weeks apart) then maintain the strokes by booking a tattoo “refresh” appointment once a year.”

What are the key things you consider when shaping someone’s eyebrows?

“The first thing I look for is making sure the arch placement is correct. If your brows are too rounded or short, this can be incredibly ageing on the face. The aim is to have them as elongated and symmetrical as possible. If someone is lacking colour definition or they are too dark, I will make a colour adjustment to harmonise with their hair and skin tones.”

What’s your biggest tip when it comes to getting good brows?

“Follow your favourite brow artists on social media and hunt down an appointment. Even if it’s a one-off appointment as an investment. A great reshape and colour enhancement for the brows has been likened to a “mini facelift”. A dedicated artist (not a different one each time you visit a department store) will guide you through a rehab regime if necessary and offer the most tailored product tutorials.”

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The beauty products I’m totally rating right now

9th September, 2020

When it comes to beauty products, I like to try new things but I’m also a loyalist—once I find something I love then I’m all about it and wear it to death. During and post-lockdown I’ve been experimenting with different beauty products and have fallen in love with a select few items that have really helped to step up my makeup game. While it’s great to trial skincare, there’s something about being able to experiment with makeup that’s even more fun. And when there’s a game-changer uncovered, I most definitely have to share it. Here’s what’s currently lifting my beauty regimen.

West Barn Co Soap Brows

If you’ve not heard of it or had the chance to try it, soap brows are definitely something for those who are on a constant quest for great, perfectly polished and shaped eyebrows. This product can be used instead of brow gel and it helps to set and smooth the brows. Definitely worth a try.

Marc Jacobs lip gloss

While lip gloss has obviously been around forever, there’s something about those from Marc Jacobs Beauty that nails the ideal gloss combination. It’s got a rich pigment, has just the right amount of shine and it’s not too sticky which means it’s actually pretty comfortable to wear. I highly recommend this, and it comes in a ton of gorgeous shades.

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid (in Vanilla or Honey)

Once I find a foundation I like then I keep going back for more. Because am I right in saying that it is so hard to find a foundation that offers the right amount of coverage, is the right texture and just the right colour. I love the way this wears; it offers that perfect finish that only a foundation can provide but it sits lightly on the skin making it really wearable. It also stays put which always earns a big tick from me.

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Primer Extatic

Achieving that falsh lash effect minus falsies can be difficult but this primer has brought me a step closer. It’s a primer for your lashes so you pop it on before you put on your mascara and voila, SO much extra volume.

What beauty products are you currently rating?

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The little trick to looking instantly polished

29th August, 2020

No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going I always try and maintain an element of polish with my look. Even if it’s one of those days where I’m doing drop offs and errands and I’m in jeans and sneakers, I try and keep my ensemble quite pulled together from head to toe. That said, I realistically also don’t have much time to devote to an involved styling and beauty process to get myself out the door. So I’ve had to learn how to find shortcuts in the process. And there’s one thing I try and do somewhat regularly to look polished without having to do much at all and that’s wearing good ol’ fashioned nail polish.

Nail polish can often be the ultimate accessory—if you’ve got a fresh manicure it just seems to instantly pull an outfit together and can elevate almost any look. When it comes to colours I’m all about either nudes or really deep berry shades, though I do tend to opt for the former in summer and the latter in winter. I’ve shared my favourite colours here before and find that they’re great go-to colours that are also quite wearable and versatile. I think the key to nail polish is ensuring that it’s not chipped and peeling if you want to maintain that level of sleek presentation that it brings. If you’re wearing a less than perfect mani it can undermine the very polished effect you’re going for. A gel mani is often a great solution as it totally removes having to deal with chips and scratches out of the equation but if you prefer wearing normal polish and you don’t have much time to spend on upkeep, I’d stick to neutral shades as they tend to be more forgiving.

So tell me—what are your fave shades of nail polish at the moment?

Photography: Sophia Athas

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The dos and dont’s of a great fake tan according to Elle Ferguson

22nd August, 2020
Elle Effect founder, Elle Ferguson

When you create your very own cult fake tan brand then it’s safe to assume you know the key to achieving a perfectly bronzed finish. Enter Elle Effect founder Elle Ferguson, who arguably always has the best tan around. Having worked tirelessly to create a product that not only achieves a flawless finish but also smells gorgeous, I turned to Elle to share her golden rules for achieving a great faux glow.

With spring/summer just around the corner, it’s almost time to shed our winter layers and start embracing easy, breezy pieces and it’s time to get our fake tan on. So, before you book yourself in for an at-home tanning session, read the following first and commit them to memory. You may just achieve a tan a la Elle herself.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

Before applying tan make sure to cleanse the skin (try The Wash by Elle Effect). Use an exfoliating glove combined with cleanser to remove exisiting tan and banish dead skin (be sure to pay special attention to between fingers, toes, knees and heels). “This buff and polish will ensure even application and result in a longer lasting tan. If you need to wax any areas make sure you do so 24 hours prior to applying tan.”

Start with clean skin

You want to start with a blank slate so that means your skin should be free of any moisturiser, deodorant and perfume. Also make your your skin is clean.

Apply gradually

Slow and steady is the best approach to achieve a great finish according to Elle. Be sure to use use an application mitt (try Elle Effect glove) to achieve a polished effect. “Start with a small amount of product on the mitt and always make sure you blend the product into your skin so it looks natural.”

Go sparingly on hands and feet

The hands and feet should be the last areas to apply product to. “Use the excess tan on your mitt for this and remember to blend between fingers and toes. These areas soak up the tan so don’t go overboard and you will have a bronzed, natural looking body.”

Preparation is key if you want to achieve a glow like Elle’s

Go for thin layers

Elle says you’ll achieve a more flawless finish by applying a few thin layers gradually and building to the depth you want. “Thin layers dry quickly and allow you to control your desired colour.”

Blend out

When it comes to applying to your face, Elle says to “start in the middle of your face and then blend out to your jaw line. Don’t forget to apply to your neck also.” You can reapply to your face every three days as your tan will fade naturally.

Maintenance is important for extending the life of your tan

Sleep on it

To achieve the best finish Elle suggests sleeping in your tan to give it plenty of time to develop (but it can be washed off in four hours if required). Also Elle assures that Elle Effect dries quickly which means you won’t ruin your linen. “When showering off, do not use any soap or shower gels, rinse the tan with water and pat your tan dry with a towel. Your tan will remain perfect for longer if you don’t have long hot showers or baths.”

Keep skin hydrated

Elle says moisture is key to extending the life of a great tan so be sure to moisturise with a thick cream day and night. If using Elle Effect, avoid body oils as they will remove the tan. And voila! You’re done.

Want to try Elle Effect? Elle is offering readers of katewaterhouse.com a discount code. Use ‘KATE20’ at checkout to receive 20% off sitewide.

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Beauty face masks for your next pamper session

31st July, 2020

Whether you’re back in lockdown and need a major relaxation session or you’re in need of serious beauty pick-me-up there’s no doubting the wonder that is masking. There’s just something about kicking back and relaxing, mask on, wine in hand and a great TV show to binge.

The selection of masks available right now is in one word, extensive. There’s a mask available to do everything from brighten the skin, to dealing with congestion to addressing the signs of ageing. If you’ve got a skin concern there’s more than likely a mask out there to deal with it.

So, if you’ve got a date booked in your calendar to give your skin some TLC then scroll down to check out a mask to suit every budget. From the luxe to the budget-friendly there’s definitely something here to have your skin looking it’s absolute finest. Happy masking!

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The Curated: Beauty product loves

17th June, 2020

If there’s an area of my life where recommendations are always welcome, it’s in the beauty department. I love hearing what products people are loving and why they rate it so highly. So when The Curated panel offered up their fave beauty go-tos used at the height of iso, I was excited to find a few new products to add to my list. Hopefully after scrolling through the below you’ll also find a new fave or two to fall in love with.

The Curated panel: presenter, journalist and producer Ksenija Lukich; artist and style curator and founder of Where did your style go? Tash Sefton; influencer Nadia Fairfax, stylist Elliot Garnaut, influencer Rey Vakili; Ostelin and Johnson’s baby ambassador, Phoebe BurgessElle Effect founder and creative director, Elle Ferguson; influencer, Anna Heinrich

Me

“Fake tan, always a mood lifter! At the moment I’m loving the range from Bondi Sands.” 

Anna Heinrich

“For me it’s about sticking to my usual beauty regime and continue to put on makeup, for me to feel alive and somewhat “normal”. My go-to foundation is currently Too Faced [in the shade] Born This Way.”

Elle Ferguson

“[My go-to products would have to be] Elle Effect Self Tanning Mousse and Kora Organics Noni Oil.” 

Nadia Fairfax

“[I am using] Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex,  anything from Lanolips and masks from Aceology, Rationale and Magicstripes.”

Ksenija Lukich

“[I use] AHC Hydra Gold Foil masks. I normally save them for special occasions but as there aren’t many at the moment I like to treat myself.”

Tash Sefton

“[I am currently using] face oils (oil cleansers and oils) from Rodin, Votary or Drunk Elephant and The Body Shop face masks—my fave is the coffee mask.” 

Rey Vakili

La Mer’s The Concentrate is my all-time favourite beauty product. It leaves your skin feeling like silk. And of course La Mer’s moisturising cream which I’ve also been using on my hands as well because they’re dry from all the sanitising!”

Elliot Garnaut

“I am literally slapping on Elle Effect self tanning mousse weekly. Nothing makes you feel better than having a tan.”

Phoebe Burgess

“Quarantine has been the rebirth of daily masking. Living make-up free and wearing tinted moisturiser for very special occasions like my bi-weekly trip to Bakers’ Delight means my skin has been able to breathe and I’ve been able to invest time and love back into it.

I’ve branched out from my usual Société Rejuvenating Peptide Masks (via The Clinic in Sydney) to exploring Aceology’s Modeling Masks (followed by a quick facial massage to smoosh the serum into my clean skin using their GuA Sha Facial Massager which is amazing [for treating things] like tension, inflammation and lymphatic drainage).”

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How to do a luxe facial at home according to top facialist Jocelyn Petroni

1st June, 2020
Jocelyn Petroni is one of the country’s top facialists

As one of the most sought after facialists in Australia, Jocelyn Petroni is an expert at how to achieve a beautiful, glowing complexion, particularly through a luxurious, relaxing facial. I’ve been lucky enough to experience one of her facials and all I can say is, it is heavenly and my skin looks absolutely incredible afterwards. So, what’s the key to a great DIY facial at home? Here, Jocelyn shares her expert tips.

What’s the key to a great at home facial?

Facial massage is the key component to a successful at home facial. Often we already have all the products and tools we need however the method we use them and the way in which we apply these to the skin could be improved. 

When performing an at home facial treatment each step of the facial should include a facial massage to get more out of the products you are currently using; your cleanse becomes a deep clean, your mask feeds the deepest cell layers and your moisturiser will have optimal product penetration.

Facial massage stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can slow down with our lifestyle. As we are staying at home more and moving around less frequently, our skin becomes asphyxiated. This means less oxygen and micronutrients are fed to the skin from the inside, cellular communication and turnover slows down so our skin can become dull and lack-lustre. 

Massaging the skin increases internal lymphatic drainage to treat congestion, feeds the skin from the inside and increases desquamation of skin cell from the surface of the skin.

What are the essentials everyone should have on hand before giving themselves a facial?

The essentials are cleanser, face cloth/washer, exfoliator, mask and moisturiser.

The right mood is crucial to a great facial

What are your tips for creating the right mood?

Personal space in your bathroom is all you need to create the right mood. I personally like to give myself a facial when my baby Georgia is asleep and I know I have time to myself. My bathroom is always super clean and there is usually a candle burning so the mood is always set for my daily skin routine. I have music playing in my bathroom and my facial routine is reflected in my playlist choice- if I’m deep cleaning and extracting I’ll listen to Dua Lipa, if I’m hydrating and healing I’ll play Vivaldi.

Can you share step-by-step how readers can give themselves an at home facial?

At home facials must include the essential three

  1. A thorough cleanse. You must double cleanse—the first to remove make up, dirt and debris the second to deep clean the pores and tissue. The first cleanse can be a micellar water, oil or cream cleanser. The second cleanser needs to be more deep cleaning, so use a foam, fruit acid or deep cleansing gel.
  2. Exfoliation. To slough away surface dry dead skin cells and decongest the skin. This will clear the pathway for optimal product absorption. Exfoliate for a good 30 seconds and don’t be afraid to use firm massage movements that will increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage as well as toning and relaxing facial muscles.
  3. Treatment masking. Can be to deep clean the skin with a clay mask, hydrate the skin with a nourishing mask, firm with a vitamin C mask or treat breakouts with a fruit acid mask. Personalise your mask by applying two masks to the skin and treating different areas with what they specifically require for example apply a clay mask to your nose to treat blackheads and a hydrating mask elsewhere to hydrate and nourish.


How much time should be set aside to complete the facial from start to finish? 

20 minutes

How often do you think we should be having facials?

At home facials can be most frequently every week, and at least once a month.

All it takes for a great at home facial is a few key products

Jocelyn’s tips on facial massage:

Schedule a facial while cleansing

The most convenient time to incorporate facial massage into your routine is whilst cleansing. This daily or twice daily cleanse can be transformed into an internal deep clean for the skin by simply following the direction of lymphatic flow. Stimulating lymphatic drainage clears congestion, treats puffiness around the eye area and improves the overall appearance of dull lacklustre skin. 

Don’t forget the eye massage!

Whilst applying eye cream take a moment to feel the ‘grooves’ under the bone that sits below the eyebrows. These acupressure points relieve stress from the area, to relax and rejuvenate the appearance of the eye area. 

Massage product into the skin before bed

If you like to wear a sleep mask to bed, massaging this product into the skin before bed will aid product penetration and enhance the benefits of the nourishing active ingredients. Be inquisitive when it comes to massaging your face and really start to feel the facial muscles and what feels good, explore firm pressure, use your palms and don’t be afraid to get into all the grooves.

A bath is a great time for a facial

I love taking a bath and this is the perfect time to apply my favourite mask and massage it into my skin, using the steam and massage movements to push the product into my skin.