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Kate Kerr's At-Home Facial Tips

With almost two decades of experience in skin therapy, acclaimed facialist Kate Kerr knows all that’s worth knowing about skincare. Whilst you may not be able to recreate her innovative, bespoke treatments in your own bathroom, we sat down with Kate for her top tips on how to perform the ultimate at-home facial. Whether to boost radiance, texture or tone – or just to pamper – read on for her step-by-step guide... 

Remove Eye Make-Up

Firstly, thoroughly remove eye make-up with La Roche-Posay Physiological Eye Make-Up Remover, £14, on damp cotton pads. Try not to drag the delicate skin around the eye area.

Cleanse

Cleansing is vital to remove any final bits of make-up as well as any pollution and natural oils that build up and oxidise on the skin’s surface. To speed up cell renewal and deeply exfoliate for a glowing complexion, use an alpha hydroxy cleanser with glycolic or lactic acid, or a beta hydroxy acid cleanser with salicylic acid. Gently massage the cleanser into the face and neck using warm water (never cold or hot) and remove thoroughly with a warm face cloth. Always double cleanse to ensure you’ve removed everything. ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, £30, is a great all-rounder.

Exfoliate

There’s a bit of debate over granular scrubs versus acid-based exfoliants but I’m a fan of both – although if your skin is sensitive or prone to redness and rosacea, stick with an acid-based product. If using a granular scrub (I rate La Roche-Posay’s Ultra-Fine Scrub, £10), begin by gently exfoliating the face and neck and then very lightly exfoliate the eyelids and lips before removing your exfoliant thoroughly with warm water and a face cloth.

Antioxidant Protection

As a general rule, apply skincare products with the lightest formula first to make sure they’re properly absorbed by the skin and not wasted. Smooth four drops of a potent antioxidant serum across the face and neck to ensure protection against UV rays and damage. SkinCeuticals is my go-to brand for serums – try their Serum 10, £67, or Phloretin CF, £150.

Mask

Take a moment to assess your skin – is it dehydrated? Is it congested? Does it need brightening or soothing? Or perhaps it needs a bit of everything in different areas? Choose your mask according to concerns, and don’t be afraid to multi-mask (use different formulas on different areas of the face); you can even leave this on overnight if you’re pushed for time. If your skin is looking tired, dull and lacklustre, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £49, is the perfect remedy.

Eye Treatment

To revive and refresh the delicate eye area, mix two pumps of SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel, £70, with double the amount of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £49. Mixing your skincare to create a bespoke cocktail is a handy way to boost results.

On a Similar Note

Lip Treatment

Mix two pumps of SkinCeuticals AOX Lip Complex, £33 with double the amount of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £49, and apply to the lips to nourish and plump.

Massage

While your mask and lip and eye treatments are activating, perform a lymphatic drainage massage to brighten and lift the skin – this kind of massage is also beneficial for those prone to acne or rosacea. However, as lymph vessels are very fine and can be easily damaged, check with your facialist before carrying this out at home.

Hydration

After removing masks thoroughly with warm water and a face cloth, you need to rehydrate skin. There’s a reason hyaluronic acid serums are so big right now – hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the skin and works wonders to hydrate, plump and soothe. Finish your facial with a hyaluronic acid serum (try NIOD’s Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, £38), applying generously to face and neck.

Eyes

The final step – using your ring finger, gently apply one pump of eye cream to the eye contour area. Teoxane Cosmeceuticals R[II] Eyes RHA Advanced Eye Contour, £54, works wonders and has a metal applicator to cool and soothe the area.

Golden Rules

  • Never try to remove blackheads on your own – leave this to the pros otherwise you risk damaging your skin.

  • Book in for an advanced clinical facial once per skin cycle (six weeks) to target specific problems, which can then be managed and maintained with the correct at-home care.

  • If using an acid-based cleanser, always massage into the skin for at least a minute to activate the ingredients.

  • Boost the effects of your at-home facial by sleeping in your mask – simply wash off in the morning and carry on with the final few steps.

  •  If you’re looking to invest in an anti-ageing hero, try ZO Skin Medical Brightenex, which targets skin discolouration, hyper pigmentation and boosts collagen production.

  • Steer clear of products containing retinol or salicylic acid if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

 

Shop Kate's Recommendations Below...

Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, £34 | ZO Skin

AOX+ Eye Gel, £73.50 | Skin Ceuticals

Medcial Brightenex, £89 | ZO Skin

Serum 10, £78.75 | Skin Ceuticals

Luxury Facial Flannel, £4.50 | The Body Shop

Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub, £7  | La Roche-Posay

Antioxidant Lip Repair, £36.75 | Skin Ceuticals

Hydrating B5 Masque, £51.45 | Skin Ceuticals

Phloretin CF, £150 | Skin Ceuticals

Physiological Eye Make-Up Remover, £7.70 | La Roche-Posay

Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, £25 | NIOD

Advanced Eye Contour, £39.40 | Texoane

 

 

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