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Give Yourself An At-Home Facial For #SelfcareSunday

We’re all still stuck indoors, why not give your skin some extra TLC?

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Here’s how to do it in three simple steps:

1. Cleanse & Exfoliate

Cleansing properly is the first step to achieving a healthy complexion. It not only rids you of dirt, pollution and excess oil, it also preps your skin for the rest of your skincare.

You can start off with a cleanser like the Shu Uemura Blanc: Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil ($65), which is infused with binchotan charcoal to remove micro-impurities without irritating sensitive complexions.

Here’s a little tip. Wash your face with lukewarm or cool water because hot water can strip your skin of moisture and irritate your complexion. Also, massage your face as you cleanse for about 30 seconds. Any longer can be drying.

Follow up with a gentle scrub. It helps to remove surface dead skin cells and encourage your skin’s natural renewal process. We love the Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash ($55). It feels like you’re applying fresh strawberries on your face. The gentle scrub has sugar crystals that gradually melt to refine your complexion’s texture and pores, as well as berry extracts and grapeseed oil to tone and hydrate.

2. Apply a cream/clay mask

Now that your complexion is feeling fresh, clean and smooth, you’re all prepped for the next step. We like to first apply either a purifying or anti-pollution mask to treat targeted issues and boost skin health now that surface-level impurities and dirt have been removed.

One of our faves is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask ($115) because it deeply cleanses without drying out skin. It is made with 9,000 year-old black Moor Mud harvested by hand from the Irish countryside to detoxify skin and draw out impurities, dirt and oil.

If you want to get rid of accumulated junk and toxins, try the Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask ($56). Matcha green tea extract helps fight free radical damage, reduce access sebum and rejuvenate skin, while a cocktail of nourishing and anti-ageing ingredients calm inflammation and boost collagen production.

3. Finish off with a nourishing sheet mask

After you wash off your mask and have gotten rid of all the gunk and toxins in your skin, your complexion is now in a prime position to receive extra hydration or nutrients. This makes it the perfect time for the coup de grâce: a hydrating or anti-ageing sheet mask.

If fine lines and fatigue is a problem, try the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask ($148 for a box of five). Each sheet has a thick texture and is enriched with traditional Korean herbs and ginseng extracts to soften wrinkles, intensely hydrate and nourish, and boost translucency.

For drier complexions that might be a little patchy or red, go for the La Mer The Hydrating Facial ($500 for a box of six). The SOS treatment has the brand’s iconic skin healing ingredients to soothe sensitivity. It is also infused with a blend of algae and melon extracts to condition skin texture and lighten dark spots.

After 15 minutes, remove your mask and massage in any residual serum or cream into your face. Your complexion will feel softer and smoother, and look fresher and more radiant! Not bad for 45 minutes, right?