At the end of a long, busy and stressful day, it can be difficult to unwind before bedtime – and staring at the ceiling for hours on end won’t do your complexion any favours.
Here, Glasgow-based facialist Nicole Campbell-Watson shares a relaxing evening routine, which will leave you feeling (and looking) totally refreshed.
Once the sun sets, start winding down by running a hot bath or taking a warm shower to wash away the stress of the day.
Nicole said: “It’s never been more important to dedicate time in your day to unwind, and a bath is a great way to do that. It’s always nice to add a little relaxing fragrance to the water, but you don’t need to buy new bubbles or bombs – just use a few drops of your favourite facial oil. I particularly like Ishga’s Nourishing Organic Facial Oil (£63, uk.ishga.com) but you can use anything that works well with your skin.”
Cleanse the skin
“Next, take the time to cleanse off any make-up or dirt, and treat specific skincare complaints such as acne or congestion,” continued Nicole.
“Once you have applied your chosen cleanser, use a damp flannel to remove the residue – the soft fibres are kind to your skin, but also help to gently exfoliate. Follow up with the right acid toner. As a rough guide, lactic acid (AHA) is good for improving the appearance of fine lines, salicylic acid (BHA) works to clear pores, and poly-hydroxy acid (PHA) is best for sensitive skin.”
According to Nicole, a good facial massage is like a workout for the face, and is perfect for creating an air of calm.
She explained: “Even a 10- minute massage will work wonders for your skin – and the slow movements will also help to focus your breathing.
“Start by sitting in front of a mirror and heat a few drops of facial oil in your hands. Begin sweeping your hands down the neck, using long, firm strokes on each side, before moving up and out across the jawline. Next, sweep along the cheekbones towards the ears, and then out across the forehead. Finish by holding your hands in a prayer position firmly at the hairline, then glide the finger tips to the cheeks. Repeat the process three times.
Now your skin has been prepped and primed, take a few moments to focus on your breathing. Nicole explained: “Tapping on pressure points releases energy and stress. Close your eyes, slow your breathing, and tap six times each on the scalp, the middle of the forehead, the side of the eyes, under the eyes, the top and bottom lip, either side of the jaw, the collar bone and, finally, the armpits.”
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