The Weekend Post #21: Triple Threat Facial

With everything a little up in the air at the moment my usual beauty routine has taken a back seat. You just have to look at my chipped nails, unruly brows and slightly on the greasy-side locks to suss that one out (painting a ravishing picture of myself there, eh?). But with today having absolutely nothing to do, I’ve christened it ‘Sort Yourself Out Woman’ evening. First stop, the face mask routine of all face mask routines – so good in fact I call it the ‘Triple Threat’ facial – three steps and your skin is left as smooth as a babies bottom, true story. It’s a pretty lengthy process, but definitely worth setting an hour aside, wallowing in the bed while you slather on the masks to wave hello to a new layer of skin…

Begin by giving skin a good cleanse then it’s time to detox. I have a few clarifying cleansers on rotation but I’ve been reaching for the Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser the most. Slather on and wash off. This helps to remove any grime, oil or makeup that’s hanging around and gives the pores a good clear-out making the next step more effective. Next-up, throw on something radiance-boosting. As a general rule, anything with ‘radiance’ in the product name, or containing fruit acids will do – my pick? The Lakme Skin Gloss Reflection Serum – looks like marmalade on the face, but feels tingly and leaves your skin super smooth. A whole weeks work of muslin cloth exfoliation ain’t got nothing on this serum! Dead skin sloughed away, once that serum’s absorbed it’s time to plough on some hydration. There’s only one product that does this for me, Lakme Absolute Overnight Mask (full review here). After-shave scented, gel-like overnight goodness for your skin. I tend to try and do this routine mid-afternoon, so by the time I’m ready to roll into bed the hydrating mask has had a few hours to sink in so I can give my skin a quick swipe of cleanser, then continue on with my usual evening routine as usual.

It’s worth pointing out that you can mix-up the routine depending on your skin type – I have normal to combination skin and this selection works well for me. But sensitive skins may want to miss out the radiance-boosting step or dry skins may want to cut out the detoxing and go a little heavier with the hydration. Ah even just writing about it is making me yearn to do it now – right I’m off. ‘Sort Yourself Out Woman’ evening has begun…