Should we really be thinking about self-care right now? The answer is absolutely yes, especially if you are one of the millions facing the reality of being stuck at home. Shifting from survival mode into a place of ease and balance is more important than ever. So, take advantage of solitary time with a shelter-in-place strategy for your skin using three simple steps.
1. The Double Cleanse:
There’s more to cleansing twice than removing make-up, pollution and grime. Those are key benefits, but who’s wearing make-up right now? Today, double cleansing is our MVP of self-care because the focus is on facial massage. It feels like a mini-meditation while also stimulating circulation and lymph flow for healthier more radiant skin.
To begin, sweep your hair back with a Luzern headband and warm a small dollop of Nuit Hydra Cleansing Emulsion between your fingers. Apply it to dry skin, massaging your face, neck, jawline, lips, and behind your ears. Deeply inhale the invigorating lemongrass scent to lift your spirits. Next, transform the rich oil into a milky emulsion by adding a few drops of water and continue massaging your face thoroughly for 2 to 3 minutes. Immerse Luzern’s soft bamboo washcloth in warm water and apply gentle compressions over your entire face, then remove the cleanser thoroughly with the same cloth.
PRO TIP: For dry or devitalized skin, the emulsion can be used weekly as a reparative facial masque. Apply a thicker layer to the skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, follow the directions above.
Gently dry your face and apply a dime-size amount of L’Essentials Pure Cleansing Gelee to your hands, create a lather by adding a bit of water. Working upward and outward, massage your neck, under your chin, and face for at least 60 seconds before rinsing clean with warm water. This refreshing gelee delicately removes surface impurities and the infusion of cucumber, witch hazel, and citrus leaf extracts leave the skin feeling fresh and radiant.
PRO TIP: Incorporate an exfoliating device before rinsing to deeply cleanse and remove dull skin cells.
2. Relax and Steam:
Close your eyes and disconnect with a facial steam treatment. Skin will look dewy, feel hydrated, and thirst for the benefits of a serum after a just few minutes of soothing steam.
It’s a simple skin care ritual that supports the practice of mindfulness. Pour boiling water into a large bowl, position your face six inches above the water, and drape a clean towel over your head for a perfect sauna. Too intense? Move away slightly and vent the towel to release excess heat. Relax while steam deeply penetrates, loosening dead skin cells, dirt, and oil.
PRO TIP: Add a hypnotic essential oil or aromatic herbal tea such as lavender or chamomile for stress relief and full-body relaxation. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
3. The Double Serum:
Emerge from the steam with skin that’s ready to absorb the perfect balance of our water-based and oil-based serum duo. Apply one to two pumps of Serum Absolut Firming Collagen Booster to your face, neck, and décolleté to assist the skin in retaining a more youthful appearance. This potent formula delivers powerful peptides, stem cells, vitamins, bio-Suisse extracts, and plant-derived collagen to give skin a look of suppleness and an instant feeling of firmness.
Follow with one to two drops of our oil-based serum, The Sublime Oil, to smooth the skin and soften the look of emerging lines and wrinkles. Fast absorbing, this nourishing blend of precious oils reduces water loss and calms the skin. Warm it between your fingertips or on the palm of your hand, and press onto face, neck, and décolleté to seal in hydration.
PRO TIP: Face oils have benefits far beyond facial care. Try applying them to your cuticles, hair, foundation, or as a highlighter after applying make-up.
Hold onto this balanced state of mind by immersing yourself in sensorial experiences for as long as possible. Wear your softest clothing, sit in your coziest corner, listen to gentle music, and light your favorite candle. Our three simple facial steps combined with your at-home rituals will elevate survival mode and create long-lasting benefits for face, body and mind.