With overindulging in festive foods, trekking, travelling and my usual beauty routine being up in the air, my skin hasn't been all too happy recently so on return to my skincare stash I knew my complexion wouldn't say no to a good old clean in the way of a 'Detox Facial'...
A deep cleanse was in first in order, my current choice being Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm which aims to purify and minimise pores, revitalise and rehydrate. I took a larger amount than usual, warmed it up and went on to do a pressure point and drain massage (hopefully explained reasonably well in the garble below!)
Place your first three fingers on both hands flat on your forehead, fingertips pointing in towards each other. Your ring fingers should be where your eyebrows start, middle fingers in the centre of your forehead and index fingers just below your hairline. Press a small amount of pressure with your finger tips, release and move outwards slightly, repeat until you reach the temples. Place the same three fingers on both orbital bones, just below your eye, press and release. Move down to the sides of your nose, onto the upper lip and back to the sides of the nose. Then down to just above your outer jawline, then moving in slightly, finishing with a single pressure point to the centre of your chin using the pad of your thumb. Draining should be done towards lymph nodes encouraging toxins and impurities to be removed, in this massage I always drain towards the node just below the temple, in front of the ear. Using the side of your thumbs pointing in towards each other, start from just underneath the inside of your eyebrows, with gentle pressure, sweep towards the node. Then from just above your eyebrows, draining out and then the same again but moving up the forehead first before moving out. Next, drain from the inner corner of your eye across, then from the sides of your nose up and out, from the upper lip up and out and from the sides of the nose again. Sweep from the centre of your jawline up and out, finishing from the centre of your chin, draining up to the ear again. Repeat this whole massage three times over, alternatively it can be done with a facial oil before your mask. Trust me, your face will thank you for it!
I ran an Emma Hardie Professional Cleansing Cloth under warm water, squeezed it out and held the micro-fibre side as a hot compress over my face to open pores before sweeping off the cleanser and applying a second round mixed in with the Emma Hardie Aromatherapy Infused Rosehip Seeds. I gently rolled it over my skin, concentrating on parts where it's been misbehaving most before repeating another hot compress. Onto the ultimate detox treatment, reach for a clay-based mask, they give the pores a good clear-out by withdrawing any dirt - my fave is REN's Invisible Pores Detox Mask. I take a good pump or two, slather it on and leave for 10 minutes before removing with another hot compress.
At this point I didn't want to smear my skin in a rich moisturiser, so I spritzed on Jurlique's Recovery Night Mist, an anti-oxidant concentrate rich in potent botanicals, hydrating the skin and adding radiance whilst protecting from environmental damage - oh, and it smells divine! To keep those pesky puffy eye bags at bay I popped on a layer of Origins No Puffery as an overnight treat. I'll whip out this routine out when my skin is in need of a deep clean, maybe switching up certain products occasionally - writing this up has only made me already crave another!