Missing your facialist? Try these bathroom cabinet wonders on for size

Right now all of our go-to facialists are on lockdown just like the rest of us, so it's time to look to what you already have in our bathroom cabinets that could fill the gap until they are up and running again. And when they are up and running again we will be SO there for them, helping them recover in any way possible from the impact COVID-19 has had on their businesses. Beauty pros – we are thinking of you!
I’ve lined up five products from my own beauty haul below that really do deliver serious facial-worthy results at home, some of them truly transformative and definitely on high rotate right now. Read on for my go-to’s for great skin in iso…

The first part of any great facial involves a little exfoliation to pave the way for subsequent treatments to do their job. It clears the debris so active ingredients can absorb effortlessly without encountering any superficial blockages, and IMHO Dr. Dennis Gross offers the best store-bought peels to infuse your skin with a surge of powerful anti-aging, anti-acne, and revitalising ingredients. The Extra Strength option is a two-step daily vegan peel that helps address the most common visible signs of ageing including uneven tone and texture, fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Unlike the brand’s Universal Peel, these pads are formulated with seven acids for accelerated results. The first step will gently exfoliate whilst the second step neutralises the acid blend and delivers anti-ageing actives to the skin. 

Not keen on a peel? This is where a multi-faceted exfoliator comes in to save the day. Straight from celebrity facialist Kate Somerville’s Hollywood clinic, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is a crazy-good, multi-action exfoliator designed to clarify and polish skin to leave it smooth, clear and bright. Formulated with chemical exfoliants, fruit enzymes and physical granules, it goes straight to work removing dead skin build-up from the surface of the skin and debris and oil from within the pore, while a vitamin cocktail of A, E and C helps restore the skin’s natural barrier to leave skin stronger and youthful-looking.  

A cult-favourite night treatment loved by beauty eds and Sunday Riley devotees alike, Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is a 5 percent lactic acid formula that gently exfoliates skin on a cellular level to clear clogged pores, plump fine lines, and fade dark spots and acne scars. It is a good option if your skin is on the more sensitive side due to its easy-does-it approach, and just popping it on at night before bed makes it a lazy beauty freak’s best friend. 

A locally produced marvel that came onto my radar earlier this year, Rayna Skincare’s Stem Cell & Lipid Active Oil literally transformed my skin from the first night I used it – which is no mean feat! And in the gentlest way possible too thanks to a ground-breaking synergetic blend of naturally derived stem cells, lipids, vitamins, omega acids and antioxidants. At its heart is the patented ingredient SWT-7TM, which was inspired by the breakthrough tissue engineering for the treatment of burn injuries. In clinical studies, this naturally derived self-regenerative stem cell technology has shown to stimulate growth factor production, epidermis regeneration and thickness and blur the appearance of vertical wrinkles in as little as seven days – told you it was impressive! It also includes Granactive retinol, the most bio-available and low irritating, non-prescription form of Vitamin-A clinically proven to reverse the effects of UV skin damage, continuous ageing and reduce acne symptoms. Even my rosacea-prone, super reactive skin took to this beauty like a duck to water, amazing.

I love MV Organic Skincare’s award winning Signature Mineral Mask, which is a beautiful way to give yourself a mini facial at home. A game changer when it comes to reducing redness and evening out skin tone, this soothing, strengthening and refining mask is a perfect skin pick-me-up and definitely selfie-approved. I add a few drops of the brand’s Jojoba oil to the mix for a little extra hydration, and love the genuine glow it delivers each and every time you use it.


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