With the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world, many of us are now practicing social distancing.

And while there are more pressing issues to focus on, it doesn’t mean we should allow our usual beauty regimes to slip completely. So, without the daily commutes and other commitments to take into consideration, why not carve out a little time in your day for a pamper session? Read on for Lisa Harris of Lisa Harris Skin Science’s step-by-step guide for an at-home facial.

Remove eye make-up

“Take a damp cotton wool pad and apply a small amount of almond oil, or oil of your choice, and gently wipe over the eye to remove any eye make-up, including waterproof mascara,” advised Lisa.

Wash your face

Cleansing is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine, as by cleansing the face thoroughly, you will prep your skin ready for the rest of your facial. It will also help serums penetrate deeper – allowing the active ingredients to perform at their best.

“I then recommend using gel or enzyme cleanser. Apply it to cotton wool or your hands and gently remove daily grime and make-up. For a deep cleanse/exfoliation, you can leave your enzyme cleanser on for up to five minutes before removing,” said Lisa.

Layer on the serums

“Follow this by feeding your skin with concentrates and serums containing active ingredients, such as vitamin C, which penetrate the dermis and treat specific skin concerns. Serums are also amazing to boost the hydrating results of your moisturiser,” the beauty pro insisted.

Try some facial massage

Once your serums have begun to soak in, gently massage your face with your fingertips. “Facial massage will help to provide oxygen to the skin cells, improve lymphatic drainage and detoxify the skin. Massage also helps to improve the muscle tone at home; this, in turn, will energise, lift & reduce puffiness/swelling. You can massage the skin using upward and lifting massage movements,” she shared.

Pop on a face mask

The next step is to apply a traditional face mask or perhaps a sheet mask.

“You should use face masks to give your skin some extra attention. They are a great way to boost the skin after late nights, when you’re feeling under the weather or to give your skin a general pick me up,” commented Lisa, noting that under-eye gels are a great option too.


Complete your at-home facial with your favourite moisturiser to hydrate, plump, and protect the top layers of the skin, as well as a layer of SPF.

“This prevents premature ageing and other negative effects from UVA/UVB and blue light, which emits from our phones, computers, and light bulbs,” she added.

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