As we adjust to spending more time at home, renowned skincare expert, facialist and product formulator Sarah Chapman shares her skincare regime and lifestyle tips to keep us glowing like her A-list clientele.
Her Skinesis range uses information from the treatment room to deliver expert results in the comfort of your own home – what’s not to love?
“You may find your skincare regime has changed in these new, challenging circumstances. Maybe your skin is enjoying being make-up-free and seems clearer and more hydrated, or perhaps the central heating is zapping all traces of moisture out, leaving skin fragile and dehydrated. Stress and being at home for prolonged periods can lead to unusual skin behaviour, use of harsh cleaning detergents can cause skin sensitivities and a change in diet through comfort eating or not being able to get fresh fruit and vegetables as easily will certainly have an impact, too.
Right now, we all need to feel comforted and as relaxed as possible, so I hope my tips for creating the ultimate at-home facial help keep you and your skin happy and healthy during this time.”
Step 1: Cleanse
If you are giving yourself an at-home facial, I would recommend lighting a lovely The White Company candle, preparing your space with small touches to help you relax and tying hair back, or wrapping it in a lightweight towel to expose the face and the back of the neck.
Spread your cleanser all over the face, neck, around the back of the neck and earlobes – and if you can, also incorporate the chest.
Tip: I have even been known to take the facial all the way down the arms and onto the hands for a pre-Oscars treatment, so why not indulge yourself at home?
When doing a facial, spend five minutes cleansing – and even cleanse twice if you feel your skin needs it, or you enjoy it. Using your knuckles and fingertips to do this will also help drain toxins and enliven and brighten the skin with a boost of oxygen. A few minutes massaging your cleanser into the skin each day can really help give your pores a deep clean and boost the results of your products.
Tip: I’m a huge believer in feeding your skin from the inside out. I love omega oils, which can be found in foods such as oily fish and avocados. Lots of my products have these ingredients, too. That’s why you’ll find them in air-tight packaging to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients such as vitamins and antioxidants, keeping your product fresh and potent to the last drop.
Step 2: Exfoliate
You should exfoliate twice a week to maintain healthy and bright skin. It’s an important step in a facial to soften and allow for maximum absorption of your products. We don’t want to moisturise dead skin cells that will drop off in the next 24 hours!
There are physical scrubs or gentle acid exfoliants, which I prefer as they offer a more controlled exfoliation, but choose your acids with care. My Liquid Facial Resurfacer contains face-friendly acids and can be used daily in the way you would use a traditional toner.
Tip: Lactic acid is gentle and can be tolerated by most people every day, if you’re concerned about dullness and aging. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into the skin’s layers and is good to treat breakouts caused by hormones, stress, or excessive oil.
Step 3: Steam
My clinical facials often begin with a steam, which can be effortlessly incorporated into your at-home regime. It also provides five to 10 minutes of deep relaxation. I developed my Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer with the at-home facial experience in mind. The nano-sized steam particles emitted from this award-winning device are rich in negative ions that penetrate skin more effectively than regular steam – warming, loosening and purifying the pores.
A hot bath also works wonders. Add a few drops of your favourite bath oil to the water (I love the The White Company’s Spa collection), relax and let the steam do the work! A hot bath can also help you sleep better and elevate your mood, and research shows it can also help lower blood pressure.
Tip: Make sure the skin is cleansed well after your steam – this is a good time to do your second cleanse.
Step 4: Mask
Masking is another step that will take your regime to the next level of at-home facial skincare. By their very nature, masking allows you a moment of me-time.
Tip: Hydration is key, so look for masks packed with hyaluronic acid. Masks can be a great instant pick-me-up for dulling complexions and tired eyes, especially if you pop them in the fridge.
Our 3D Moisture Infusion Sheet Mask envelops the face like a second skin to instantly hydrate, plump and soothe redness with its formulation of moisture magnets and skin-defence actives.
Our Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask is great for combating signs of stress and tiredness around this delicate area. Each triple-action hydrogel mask is infused with potent scientific actives to target concerns throughout the entire eye, including furrowed brows, slackening lids and under-eye fatigue.
Tip: When you remove your masks, take a moment to really massage in any excess product.
Step 5: Facial massage
We’re noticing the at-home facial massage is the number-one thing people are asking us how to do right now. Facial massage is the cornerstone of my skincare philosophy – it is unbeatable for getting an instant glow, boosting blood circulation and collagen, and detoxifying the skin. The benefits are endless.
Here is a technique for you to follow:
Step 6: Moisturise
There are some key ingredients you should be looking for in your serum and moisturiser.
- Hyaluronic acid is one the most effective ingredients in boosting your skin’s moisture levels. Holding over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of our skin, it makes a potent moisturiser.
- Vitamin A is my favourite ingredient to work with. When used regularly, Vitamin A is proven to smooth the skin, stimulate collagen, even out pigmentation, control breakouts and improve skin texture while supporting cell function and repairing DNA damage.
We are glued to our devices now more than ever and it’s important to protect our skin against the aging blue light emitted from our phones and tablets. My new limited-edition product Glow (which helps raise money for The Prince’s Trust #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign) contains ingredients such as Blumilight which aid in counteracting these damaging effects.
If your skin is sensitive or inflamed at the moment, one of my most comforting skincare products is the Ultra Recovery Booster. Packed with omegas, it also contains Collodial Oatmeal and Rice Bran Oil to relieve and support your skin.
Tip: Always apply serums and moisturisers from forehead to below the bust and round the back of the neck and ears – this should all be considered part of the face.
Step 7: SPF
It’s important to remember sunlight is good for us. Vitamin D helps to keep our bones healthy and boost our mood.
However, overexposure to the sun can damage skin both on the surface and at a cellular level. It is without doubt that UV damage is the primary cause of collagen breakdown, pigmentation issues and general aging of the skin.
Tip: Every day, no matter what the weather, and even when you’re indoors, I recommend using an SPF.
My Skin Insurance SPF 30 is an adaptable perfecting tint that gives skin a featherlight dewy glow, and my Dynamic Defence SPF 15 supports healthy skin functionality and delivers a brighter complexion.
To shop Skinesis products and for more expert skincare advice, visit Sarah’s website, or follow her on Instagram @skinesis.