While we all do our part to practice social distancing and #stayathome, now’s the time to brush up on our at-home glow rituals. To ensure our “me” time is lined up with beneficial skin care rituals, we’ve teamed up with skincare specialist Irene to share her skincare routine to create a spa night right from the comfort of your couch. Don’t forget to wash your hands properly before touching your face!
What’s more, get glowing from home with Offblak’s Glow tea range! Enjoy a joyful detox, that will get you glowing after every cup. Our Glow teas are made with a base of hibiscus and green tea for a deliciously detoxifying experience. These are especially great now that we are spending more time at home as the ingredients are said to help keep our body and minds healthy and the immune system to work optimally.
Follow these specialist tips for an at-home-facial, to become the DIY glow master!
Step 1: Put the kettle one
This is a key step! Let your glow tea brew whilst you work on your outside glow. This detox tea goes hand in hand with your glow routine. Now your glow tea has brewed, sit back, and let the antioxidants in the berries and green/hibiscus tea work your inside glow while this at-home facial works on your outside glow.
Step 2: Cleanse your face
We get it, you haven’t left the house in how long? You don’t have the energy to cleanse your face properly, because, where have you been? But, if you’ve got a day filled with morning and afternoon ZOOM meetings, you still want to glow! Cleansing your skin is super important as it gets rid of the dirt that sits on top of your skin, along with makeup, excess oil, and dead skin. It makes sense that if your skin is thoroughly cleansed, it’s easier for moisturisers to absorb.
Step 3: Tone
Cleanse, tone, moisturise: the three basic steps in everyone's skincare routine. While cleansing and moisturising are non negotiable - it’s often asked, what even is toner? A toner is a liquid that's meant to remove whatever's left of makeup, dirt, and oil after cleansing. One of the benefits of toner is that it can minimise the appearance of pores. It also balances the skin's pH levels, restoring an acidic state so that skin is purified and better able to absorb moisture and other beneficial ingredients from serums and creams applied after.
Step 4: Exfoliate
Exfoliating both the face and body weekly helps get rid of the dead top layers of skin. This allows moisturisers and serums to better penetrate the skin and helps your foundation glide on smoothly instead of sitting atop flaky skin. The best time to exfoliate is in the morning. Our skin repairs itself at night, therefore, the morning is the perfect time for scrubbing away those dead skin cells. DON’T over exfoliate! Exfoliate maybe once or twice a week to get that optimal glow.
Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips! Dry lips are simply not appealing, so make sure to exfoliate them with just your toothbrush and lip balm of your choice. Exfoliation simply gives the face an instant glow.
Step 5: Massage
Facial massage is the most natural way to lift, tone, and sculpt the muscle tissues of your face and neck. The idea is that you are firming and lifting muscles on your face to keep everything fighting against gravity. Performing a facial massage encourages circulation, relieves tensions, allowing your face to relax. Facial massages will give you vibrant, healthier skin and a natural glow.
Step 6: Mask
A face mask is the level of self-care we deserve right now! There is nothing quite like the ritual of applying a face mask whether it's whilst in the bath, lounging on the sofa in front of Netflix or reading a book in bed. Not only is slathering on a face mask and whiling away the minutes as it does the hard work super relaxing, but also, face masks these days are expertly concocted to bring facial-worthy results at home. So sit back and relax, and let the face mask work its magic. Better yet, mix your favourite clarifying face mask with honey, which is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties, equaling an even deeper detox treatment.
Step 7: Moisturise
Get off to the best start each morning with a good moisturiser. Protecting the skin's moisture barrier is the number one priority! Applying moisturiser is easy as breathing right? Make sure you apply day and night!
Step 8: Eye cream
Eye creams protect and hydrate the skin around the eyes! They are targeted treatments formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eyes. Your daily face moisturiser is, well, not. Eye creams aren’t just for anti-ageing. While they are a powerful tool against fine lines and wrinkles, they can also brighten, de-puff, and stimulate the circulation around the eye for a well-rested look. Even if you pulled an all-nighter (which we don't recommend), an eye cream can make you look more awake in a pinch.
Step 9: SPF
Do I Really Need SPF Every Morning? Absolutely yes. Every day. Without fail. The sun, and blue lights from your computer screen and phones damage skin. You may think working from home means you are protected from the sun, however sitting in front of a screen all day and by the window is causing damage to your skin. You must protect your skin at all costs, the sun is the #1 ager of skin and the sun causes skin cancer. If your moisturiser doesn't contain SPF, it is vital to use a daily facial sunscreen.
How do you stay glowing from home? Shop the full GLOW tea range here!