A-List facials the DIY way: Get celebrity looks on the cheap with products from the stars’ skin gurus



07:36 GMT, 9 July 2012

A regular facial will do wonders for your skin — but not your bank balance. Happily, a host of high-profile facialists have launched their own skincare ranges, allowing you to benefit from their expertise at home at a fraction of the cost.

The most exciting addition to the pack comes from London-based Una Brennan, whose 120 facials are much sought after by the likes of Sienna Miller and dewy-skinned model Laura Bailey.

‘A good facial will keep skin looking vibrant and healthy and the benefits will last for weeks,’ says Una. ‘Most of my clients come in every six to eight weeks — even once a year is better than never.

Try the best of at-home facial products

Try the best of at-home facial products

‘I always recommend avoiding a facial in the week before or during your period, because this is when skin is at its most sensitive.’ With her Super Facialist line, from 7.99, launching in selected Boots this Friday, we asked Una to share the secret of the ultimate DIY facial.

Step 1: Cleanse

Start with a warm bath. This opens your pores and lets you get a really deep clean. An oil-based cleanser is best for getting rid of grease and grime. Work the product into your pores and massage for at least three minutes. Try massage every day when you cleanse.

It’s a simple way to boost a dull complexion. Use good pressure and sweep fingers from the centre of your face outwards, without dragging the skin. Be gentle around the eyes, and remove the product with a hot, clean flannel.

Try: Eve Lom’s Cleansing Balm (55, evelom.com) or Emma Hardie’s Moringa Balm (32, qvcuk.com). They’re oldies, but goodies.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Next, apply an exfoliator to slightly damp skin and use sweeping upward strokes. Don’t use too much or scrub too hard and don’t exfoliate more than once or twice a week, as this can damage skin. Rinse off well with warm water.

Try: Ole Henriksen’s Micro/Mini Peel System Starter Kit (see box above). It’s not cheap but should last five treatments. Or Super Facialist Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub (8.99).

Super Facialist Scrub, 8.99, Boots

Super Facialist Scrub, 8.99, Boots

Ole Henriksen Micro/Mini Peel System Starter Kit, 49, Harvey Nichols

Ole Henriksen Micro/Mini Peel System Starter Kit, 49, Harvey Nichols

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, 45, lookfantastic.com

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, 45, lookfantastic.com

Step 3: Mask

Use one that will treat your specific skin concerns. You can even make your own. Brewer’s yeast mixed into a paste with water is good for oily skin, while mashed avocados work wonders on dry skin.

For the ultimate relaxation, pop a couple of stewed warm herbal teabags (try chamomile) on your eyes while your mask is on.

After 15-20 minutes wash the mask off thoroughly, then press a cold clean flannel against the skin for 30 seconds to close pores, seal in hydration and avoid breakouts.

Try: Bee Venom Mask from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell (23.30, heaven skincare.com), as used on Kate Middleton before her wedding.

Step 4: Moisturise

Apply a serum, ideally one with hyaluronic acid, which helps bind water to the skin. And then finish your facial with your favourite eye cream, face oil or moisturiser.

Try: Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial oil (see box) or Super Facialist Lift & Hydrate Facial Oil (14.99), which leaves skin soft and hydrated.