With all the talk of a 'double-dip-recession', 'tightening your belt' and 'highest unemployment ever', everyone seems to be trying to save a few pennies... myself included! As I'm now paying for my flat completely by myself, I'm having to give up big treats like facials at £75 a pop.
That's not to say I'm just leaving my skin to get minging...
Step One and Two: Cleanse and Exfoliate
My preferred products are the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. These will remove all of your make-up/any dirt from your face, and will also get rid of any gross dead skin thats going to be leaving your skin dull and lifeless.
Step Three: Face Mask
My current favourite are the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask and the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask. Apply your mask and sit back and relax. The Sanctuary Spa one does get rather warm so don't panic if you're using it for the first time! A good mask will remove impurities, tighten pores and brighten your complexion. Don't do this the night before a big date/event/piss up because they can break you out... try to do it 2-3 days beforehand :)
Step Four: Moisturise!
I'm currently obsessed with the Naked Thirst Aid 12 Hour Moisturiser. I've been using it day and night for weeks now and still can't get enough of it. You'll probably find the exfoliator and face mask have left your skin feeling a wee bit tight (because they've removed all of the oils from your skin) so it's important to use a good quality nourishing moisturiser.
Spot treatments - apply these before you moisturise
A steam treatment - soak a flannel in hot water and place it over your face/your problem areas before you exfoliate, and again before you apply the face mask, the heat and steam will open all of your pores and allow the products to really penetrate the skin. If you do this, splash your face with cool water to close your pores before your moisturise
Serum - if you use a serum, apply this before your moisturiser
Eye cream - again, apply this before your moisturiser
not the rude kind! haha!