Unfortunately, facials can’t be an everyday thing but when you do get a chance, they can be a great way to reset skin and unwind after a long week/month/century.
No one knows that better than Natalie Ferrari, Beauty Expert and founder of The Parlour Room, Sydney’s go-to for beauty treatments.
“I love an at-home facial, especially if you can carve out an hour for you with no distractions, no phone and simply enjoy the act of selfcare,” says Ferrari, who shares just how to have a magnificent at-home facial here (handy!):
“My first tip is to create the ambience!” says Natalie, who recommends getting out a candle and curating a playlist “to help set the mood”. Next? Take your time, says Natalie: “Don’t rush! Enjoy the experience, really focus on the task at hand. Almost like a form of meditation, try and calm the mind.”
“Lastly, don’t forget the aftercare, sitting down for a soothing cup of tea on the couch, rugged up in a robe should always be the final step.
If you’re new to the skincare game, or just after some expert help before you dive into your own DIY facial routine, Natalie recommends seeking the help of a professional first and working on a routine with them.
However, if you feel overwhelmed or unsure about where to start with a skin expert like a dermal therapist or facialist, Natalie recommends going in prepared and even bringing your existing routine along to talk through the products and how to best use them.
“You need to be clear about what you want to get out of the appointment before you step into that treatment room,” she says, adding, “If you’ve got any questions or you’re not sure about whether a particular product is right for you, being prepared and writing these down, and even bringing the products you’re currently using with you, is a great way to make the most of your appointment as well.”
After you’ve identified what it is you want from the treatment(s), your therapist can help you work within your budget and time constraints to help you get the most from your at-home facials.
“A good therapist will help you as best they can, taking into consideration the products you’re already using and the budget you’re working with,” says Natalia. “They'll also be happy to recommend treatments they might not necessarily offer if they know it’s going to be beneficial for you.”
If all else fails, there’s always Zoë Foster Blake’s guide to an at-home facial to learn by heart.