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Facials are as indulgent as they are functional, and just because salons, spas, and dermatology practices are closed doesn't mean you can't do one at home. Luckily, many brands and skin-care experts are here to help, offering live demonstrations on how to give yourself an at-home facial and divulging their best tips and techniques to help step up your skin-care game.
"Right now, being off work and away from other people — other than on Zoom — most of us have a good opportunity to get our skin in order," said aesthetic doctor Dr David Jack. "I noticed a major increase in people doing 'downtime' treatments such as deep peels and laser in the days before lockdown, but this is no longer an option."
To get your skin in top shape during lockdown, Dr Jack recommends investing in a good-quality at-home peel (he has the Face Paint Peels (£139 each) in his product range, while we like the classic Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta formula (£19)), and making sure you're wearing sunscreen even when you're inside. "We are now in April and UV levels are higher, so the most important thing to consider is protecting the skin from UV light." Check those two things off your list, and then you can move on to any of the myriad of guided skin-care tutorials on IG, which range from teaching you how to give yourself a skin-firming facial massage to showing you quick fixes to combat screen-tired eyes.
In addition to live videos, skin-care brands and professionals are also streaming live Q&A sessions to address your concerns. And if you prefer a more personalised approach, many brands and clinics, including FaceGym, have introduced personalised virtual consultations to help with any skin-care concerns you may have. Available via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom, they offer tailored plans, advice, tips, and product recommendations and come at a small fee.
Maybe your skin is stressed out and in need of some TLC, or perhaps you're in need of a moisture boost to combat dehydration or seeking an instant lifting solution. Whatever your requirements, if you want a helping hand from the professionals, Instagram is the place to get inspired.