When visiting a salon isn’t an option, there’s no need to forgo a spa-worthy skincare routine. Create your own at-home facial using special packs of Australian brands, high-tech devices and heat lamps. Here are seven of the best options for self-care from the comfort of your couch.
For at-home red carpet prep: Is Clinical Fire and Ice facial
A favourite of A-listers preparing for the red carpet, Is Clinical’s Fire and Ice facial is now available in Australia. Begin by massaging the Warming Honey Cleanser ($72) into damp skin and leave it on for five minutes as a mini-mask. To amp up the spa experience – this is the best-selling treatment at the spa at Four Seasons Beverly Hills after all – complete this step in a steamy shower. Rinse with lukewarm water before applying the Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque ($138) and leaving it on for up to 10 minutes. For more intense hydration, sleep in a thin layer of this lightweight gel mask, or leave it on all day.
For boosting collagen: Mukti micro dermal roller
Dermarolling is one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years, and it’s said to kick-start skin regeneration by helping to boost collagen production. A roller with tiny needles punctures the outer layer of the skin. Begin with a cleanse then roll Mukti’s microneedle Dermal Roller ($59.95) gently across each section of your face, three to four times. Dermarollers are said to help products such as serums absorb into your skin. You can buy serums made with Kakadu plum, Davidson plum and quandong from this Australian beauty brand. A solid choice for dehydrated winter skin is the Hyaluronic Marine Serum ($114.95), followed by the Vital B Elixir with niacinamide ($114.95) to plump and boost your skin. Spritz on Mukti’s refreshing and beautifully scented Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist ($56.95) before slathering on the uber-rich Marigold Hydrating Cream ($74.95) to finish.
For a faux facelift: Nuface Trinity Device
UK celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge backs this one. The Nuface is not cheap at $494 for the large size and $303 for the small – but it delivers results. Like a gym for your face, this game-changing device uses microcurrents to sculpt and tone the face for an instant and noticeable difference. Begin by cleansing using the Nuface Prep-N-Glow soft lace cleansing and exfoliating wipes ($30) then apply a thick layer of the Nuface Hydrating Leave-On Gel Primer ($73 if bought individually; free with the device). Then, in upward strokes, glide the device along the contours of the face. Each stroke should take five seconds. For maximum gratification, do one side of your face first then check the results in a mirror.
For a face like Zoe Foster Blake’s: Go-To’s The Clean Out
With decades of experience as a beauty journalist, Zoe Foster Blake knows a thing or two about what works, so we expect serious results with the Clean Out bundle ($170) from her Go-To skincare brand. Begin with the Fancy Face oil cleanser to remove make-up, sunscreen and excess oil, then take it off with the Posh Cloth muslin. Follow up with the Properly Clean foaming mouse for a double cleanse that leaves pores feeling less congested, then use either one of the Exfoliating Swipeys wipes or the Removalist clay mask to clear away dead skin cells. Finish with a serum and/or moisturiser.
For a sensory salon experience: Fenn Facial Kits
Sydney’s Fenn Store has closed during lockdown, but you can still enjoy a treatment thanks to its heavenly Fenn Facial Kits. There are two DIY kits, each one contains Addition Studio incense to create a salon-like atmosphere at home, a Baina Agnes face cloth and a link to Fenn’s playlist. Fenn Facial Kit No.1 ($690) includes an Omnilux LED therapy mask, a Medik8 Press & Glow toner and a Hydrating Accelerator spritz by Josh Rosebrook. A cheaper option is Fenn Facial Kit No.2 ($160), which features Maryse’s Manuka Leaf Exfoliating Polish, a Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask and a soothing Lesse Regeneration Mist. Fenn offers free shipping on all orders over $100.
For a deep clean: Aceology Hydra-Dermabrasion Facial Device
Hydra-dermabrasion is a treatment usually administered by beauty therapists, which uses a suction head to vacuum out pores while injecting a hydrating solution into the skin. Aceology’s new device ($349) gives you the satisfaction of sucking out dead skin cells and blackheads from the comfort of your home. (Once you’ve used it a couple of times it’s already cheaper than a trip to the salon). Begin with a double cleanse then apply a warm face cloth to your skin to open the pores. Pop the enclosed COQ10 & Hyaluronic Acid Balancing Solution into the solution bucket, or use water if you prefer. Then it’s time to turn on the machine to your desired strength and get sucking. Place your thumb against the tip of the suction pen until the liquid appears, then move the wand gently around your face, using straight lines and an upward motion. It feels strong at first, but you get used to it quickly. As you progress you’ll see waste liquid accumulate in the bucket, and if you look closely you’ll see particles floating in the liquid. Gross? Maybe. Satisfying? Absolutely. Finish with one of Aceology’s best-selling infusion gel masks ($64 for a pack of four) then an indulgent face massage with the brand’s cult Ice Globes ($64) – pop them in the fridge for extra sensory thrills.
For light therapy: Peppy Co Starter Set
An at-home LED mask will make you feel like you’re basking in sunlight. If you’re unfamiliar with these wonders, they emit wavelengths of either blue light (to target problematic skin and bacteria), red light (to boost collagen production) or yellow light (for detoxification). Select your preferred colour, pop on your favourite podcast and chill for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on whether you want a single light or all three. The Peppy Co Starter Set ($183) includes the brand’s All-in-One Sleeping Mask, so that once you’re sufficiently relaxed you can apply a thin layer and hit the hay. Gentle enough to use daily, LED masks also look like Storm Trooper helmets, which is a bonus for terrifying unsuspecting housemates and/or children.