Besides the somewhat acquired bliss of being gently pummelled, pressed and pinched at the hands of an expert, the best part of a facial is the post-treatment glow you’re left with. Even better? It’s easy to re-create the professional results at home. Here, New York dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross, celebrity facialist Kate Somerville and makeup artist Hannah Martin share their expert tips for mastering the art of ultra-glossy, I’ve-just-been-to-the-spa skin.
Why Is Exfoliation Important?
You’ll get the best glow-giving results when you remove dead skin cells first. “New advancements in formulations mean you can now exfoliate daily without stripping or irritating the skin,” says Dr Gross. He suggests a gentle, chemical skin-slougher like the 2-step Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels. “Step one exfoliates while step two neutralises the alpha hydroxy acids, which is important in making the peel non-irritating.”
Hydration Is Key
Layering serums, lotions and creams as they do in professional treatments means maximum moisture for your skin, and, ultimately, a healthier, dewier finish. “Start with the thinnest formula and work your way up to the richest, allowing time for each product to soak in before applying the next,” suggests Kate. Use a vitamin C serum first like Omorovicza’s Daily Vitamin C, to instantly revive and brighten a dull complexion.
Next, choose a hyaluronic acid-rich serum such as Mimi Luzon’s Hyaluronic Pro Gel, to plump up lines and wrinkles. “Once your serum is absorbed, finish with a rich moisturiser to hold in all of that hydration,” says Kate. She suggests ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, which banks on a cocktail of AHAs and fruit enzymes to give good glow.
Add A Hit of Highlighter
A strategically-applied balm or face oil can create a huge difference in the overall luminosity of your skin, and the experts know just where to apply it. “I like to press Votary’s Neroli and Myrrh Face Oil over the top of cheeks and the higher points of the face to maintain that post-facial radiance,” says Hannah. “It works equally as well pressed over makeup to rehydrate a tired-looking base.”
Stick to Cream-Based Textures
You wouldn’t ideally apply makeup right after a facial but sometimes it’s hard to avoid. Avoid oil-free foundations which will simply mattify all the glowy, skin-plumping goodness you’ve already applied. “Boost a healthy radiance with a cream-based blush smoothed over the apples of the cheeks in a shade that mimics your natural colour when you flush,” suggests Hannah.