I usually treat my skin to a full at home facial once a week on Sunday nights. This involves a full natural acid peel, followed by a detoxifying mask, and finishing with a hydrating treatment mask. But some weeks I just don’t have the time, or I am just too tired. Rather then abandon my weekly ritual all together I simply shorten the routine to 15 minutes by “multi-masking” Basically instead of applying each mask to my whole face, I apply multiple treatment products at the same time, only in the areas where they are needed the most. Not only does this save me tons of time, but it also allows me to get extremely specific with targeting my skin concerns, and use different products to target each of them, then I might doing a traditional facial. So don’t think you are cheating your skin by doing this, its actually beneficial to shake things up in your skincare once in a while!
These are the steps I take that cut my at home facial down from 1 hour, to 15 minutes!
1. Cleanse – Wash your face using hot water (it will help to loosen dead skin cells) and your favourite cleanser. If you have a cleansing brush such as a Clarisonic, use it; it will help to get your skin stimulated for the treatment process, as well as lightly exfoliate the skin.
Time: 1 minute
2. Exfoliate – You can use a regular manual exfoliant if you wish, but I prefer to use Skin Inc’s Pure Revival Peel, its an amazing peel that literally only takes seconds to use. Simply apply a thin layer, leave it for a few seconds until you see it turns slightly milky, and then gently massage it off. You can literally see the dead skin rolling off! Its amazing! (I actually discovered this product via a sample)
Time: 1 minute
3. Time to mask – You probably already have an idea of what your troubled areas are, so get out your treatment masks that focus on these concerns and apply them to the right areas. If you have spots on your face that you don’t think have an issue, then apply your hydrating treatment in that area. Leave all masks on for 10 minutes, and then wash off.
Time: 11 minutes
4. Finish – complete the facial by applying your favourite toner and moisturizer. If you use advanced skincare products you should apply them at the appropriate time.
Time: 2 minutes
And that’s it you’re done! Total time: 15 minutes.