We can customise our routines depending on our mood, with the addition of a scented candle (picked by us) and our favourite playlist. And, with our arsenal of superior products ready and waiting in the bathroom cabinet, we can get going on smoothing, clarifying and brightening our skin at a moment’s notice. Here’s how.
When it comes to skincare, it’s now easier than ever to bring our A-game. Advanced formulas have enabled us to practically become our own at-home aestheticians (cue whispers of, “Did she just get a facial?”) Sure, we may not be able to mix up potent concoctions (best left to the professionals), but we do know our salicylic from our hyaluronic and we’re getting better at taking care of our complexions.
Self care is alive and kicking, and as important as it is to take much-needed time out for some pampering, high-performance skincare – the type we can now buy on a trip to Boots – allows for a much more hands-on and convenient experience than a spa visit. Essentially, the latest innovations mean we can employ our skincare ritual whenever we fancy – no schlep across town necessary. It also means we know exactly what we’re putting on our skin, and puts us in charge of our own experience.
Step one: The multi-tasking mask
Convenience is key, so do-it-all DIY masks reign supreme when it comes to creating skincare routines we’ll stick to long term. Ole Henriksen’s PHAT Glow Facial™, £42 is the grand dame of speedy skin perfecting and can be used day or night – no downtime means it can be used anytime. The 15-minute mask is geared to all skin types, even sensitive ones, since it contains polyhydroxy acids. While PHAs will treat your face to some nifty smoothing effects (they work in the same way as AHAs to loosen dead skin cells and whizz them away, giving you softer, brighter skin), thanks to their larger molecules, they won’t sink in as deeply, hence irritation is kept at bay.