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The at-home facial

Model Hayley Daines’ face is her fortune and she knows how to treat it with respect. Here, Hayley shares her tips for gorgeous glowing skin that will have you looking (and feeling) incredible.

As a model, skincare has always been at the forefront of my beauty regime – it’s part of my job to keep my skin in the best possible condition so that makeup artists and photographers have a great canvas to work with. There are few things I love more than a really good facial, but sadly I can’t always find the time (or the extra £££) for a professional treatment. So, I’ve perfected the art of the at-home facial using pro tips and tricks I’ve gleaned over the years…

set the scene

My at-home facials are always done in the evening after a steamy shower. I feel relaxed and my pores are open from the steam, ensuring products penetrate deeper. I take this time to relax, switch off from screens and light a scented candle like the Mint Velvet Lavender and Geranium candle. I like to use results-driven products to get as close to professional results as I can. Tackling issues like texture (open pores & fine lines), de-congesting blocked pores, and hydrating dryness.


Double cleanse like a pro – do not scrimp on time or products in this step. Remove any makeup with a micellar water (I see Bioderma Sensibio H2O in every makeup artist’s kit). I start with an oil-based cleanser to massage away any remnants of makeup & dirt on my skin like Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Then I use an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) cleanser to reach deep into my pores and dissolve any excess oil and dead skin – pay special attention to oily areas. This will leave your skin fully cleansed and ready to absorb any products you apply in your facial. Try: Goldfadden Detox Clarifying Facial Wash.


Exfoliation will help get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface that could potentially block products from penetrating your skin. I prefer a liquid exfoliator (an acid that breaks down dead skin cells), rather than a physical scrub, like cult favourite Pixi Glow Tonic.


Glycolic peels and masks will fast track you to a radiant glow – these chemical resurfacing treatments tackle the appearance of dullness. Applied to the skin for approximately 10 minutes (always follow product guidelines), they’ll dissolve dead skin and reveal a brighter complexion. I love The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


I always follow up my glycolic treatment with a water-based soothing and hydrating mask so my skin retains moisture. Even if you have combination or breakout-prone skin, a hydrating mask can restore comfort and calm irritation – they work for any skin type. I’d recommend Kate Sommerville Wrinkle Warrior Mask.


When you massage your face you boost circulation and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients. Massage also encourages lymphatic drainage to de-puff, and ensures that the formulas you are using penetrate deeply. I give myself a mini massage most evenings. Try it with a jade roller, which adds a cooling element to aid with de-puffing. Use sweeping movements towards lymphatic drainage points, and switch to light tapping with your fingers on the delicate skin surrounding your eyes. I do this process twice with different hyaluronic serums like Drunk Elephant B-Hydra. This step creates lasting hydration – simply applying products to the surface if your skin without massage will not allow them to penetrate and treat your skin.


Finish your facial with a hydrating moisturiser like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or an oil to seal in all the products you have applied. Moisturiser has larger molecules than serum, which means that it won’t penetrate the skin as quickly, so give them time to sink in before bed, and use a clean pillowcase! Don’t forget to use an SPF the next day to protect from any sensitivity from the acids.


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