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How to be your own, at-home therapist, thanks to these super effective beauty products.

What if you could soak, steam and spritz yourself towards the best facial of your life, while never having to leave the comfort of your own home? A new generation of potent peels, magical masks and high-tech tools make nailing your own facial treatments easier than ever, and here’s how to do it, step by step.

Step 1. Make An Appointment

Yes, just as you would do at a regular clinic, book in a time and allocate an hour or two, free from guilt and interruptions. Lock the door, light a scented candle and remember, taking this time for you is no more ‘indulgent’, just because you’re in the bathroom, while your family is downstairs.

Step 2. Preparation

Perhaps the biggest advantage of DIY-ing beauty treatments is that you can do them in your pyjamas. Ideally, opt for a pair that’s strappy or that buttons down, so that you can access the neck and décolleté area. Then, stand back and in a well-lit mirror, access your skin’s needs. (Who could possibly be more qualified to judge this than you?) 

Coco pyjama set, €443, Olivia Von Halle

Coco pyjama set, €443, Olivia Von Halle


Coco silk-satin pyjama set, €443, Olivia Von Halle

Step 3. Cleanse

It’s double or nothing when it comes to this step. If you’re wearing makeup, rid your face of every last vestige using a melting gel or balm cleanser removed with a warm, damp face cloth. What to use on the second cleanse then, should be tailored somewhat more to your current skin concerns…
If you’re oily or prone to breakouts, try one with a clay-base which will decongest and unclog pores. For combination skin, using a cleanser containing glycolic or lactic acid help to refine texture and minimise the appearance of pores, by encouraging cell-turnover.
Dry and sensitive skins tens to react best to gelatinous textures that can switch from jelly to milk with just a splash of water and leave a soft-not-stripped feeling.
Try: Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly, €26, Origins

Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly, Origins

Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly, Origins

Step 4. Exfoliate


The glow that results post-spa visit is usually down to the correct and controlled use of a chemical exfoliate – those exciting/scary skincare ingredients that end in "-ic" that promise incandescent skin, following a brief period of stinginess. But here is where mere mortals need to proceed with caution. Exfoliating well will leave your skin more receptive to products. Exfoliating badly will have you resembling somewhat of a tomato with brows.
Try: Overnight Exfoliating Booster, €87, Sarah Chapman

Overnight Exfoliating Booster, €87, Sarah Chapman

Overnight Exfoliating Booster, €87, Sarah Chapman

Step 5. Mask


There is very little in life that can’t be solved, (or in the least improved)by a face-mask, well in skin-terms anyway. As an activity, it’s risen beyond its chilling-in-dressing-gowns-and-cucumbers connotations and masking now is more multi-faceted and dynamic than ever. The hardest part will be choosing which one (or 4) to use.
Try: Ginger Leaf Hibiscus Firming Mask, €49, Kiehl’s 

Ginger Leaf Hibiscus Firming Mask, €49, Kiehl's

Ginger Leaf Hibiscus Firming Mask, €49, Kiehl's

Step 6. Massage


With you skin now primed for a serious hydration-hit, massage your oil, serum and/or moisturiser in for approx. 5 mins for optimal results. A shortcut to ‘fresh-faced’, force-feeding your skin with moisture helps to reduce age-related loss of firmness, plumpness and vitality.

Try: Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, €34, Clinique 

72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, €34, Clinique

72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, €34, Clinique

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