For us beauty editors, sitting at our desks with gel patches under our eyes or strips of sheet mask on our face might not garner as many raised brows as one would think. “It’s for a story,” we’ll explain.
However, we’ll usually save these treatments (particularly the kind that might appear a bit kooky) for the weekends or behind closed doors, where we can freely detox, hydrate, and brighten. After all, these are the times where our skin and hair get a serious reboot—private beauty sessions, if you will.
Since we know these instances all too well, we assumed that other skincare aficionados must follow suit, too, whether it’s at home, in the car, or within any other private domain. Suffice it to say, after surveying a bevy of women with glowing skin, we discovered several useful tips for how to elevate your skincare during your alone time. Keep scrolling to learn more!
“I do a few different things other than my normal skincare routine. I do a sheet mask sandwich sometimes—basically, I put on a sheet mask, and before it’s dry, I peel the sheet mask back a bit and apply an ample amount of serum directly onto my skin; then I reapply the sheet mask. My skin is already so hydrated and prepped to absorb serum from the sheet mask that the serum absorbs so easily, especially since the mask is also helping to force the serum into the skin.” How brilliant is that? Yoon continues, “Also, I do a ‘steamcial’ a few times a week. I’ve been using my Aqua Essence Water Fluid (£29) for the last few years for the steamcials. Basically, in a steamy shower—I don’t shower in hot water, as that’s not great for your skin, but I make the shower steamy shortly before taking my actual tepid shower—I wash my face, then apply the essence and let it soak in. Post-shower, I apply toner, the essence again, and the rest of my skincare regimen. This essence is more viscous than water, so it really seeps in, totally hydrates my skin, and makes it really supple.”
Wilson, too, is a fan of integrating skincare into your shower experience: “When you exfoliate softened skin, you are able to achieve a more thorough exfoliation. The easiest way to obtain the same results at home is to exfoliate directly after your shower. The steam and warmth from your shower works similarly to the steam in a facial, creating the ideal canvas for your favorite at-home exfoliation treatment. For a multitasking treatment, look for a mask that is both nourishing and exfoliating. My favorite is Instanatural’s Rose Mask (£15) with vitamin C and lactic acid.”
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It’s no surprise that the co-founders of wildly popular healthy meal delivery service Sakara Life find food to be the root of good skin: “True beauty comes from within, so our beauty routines start and end with what we put into our bodies. Switching to an organic, plant-based diet with plenty of leafy greens; hydrating, colorful fresh produce; and healthy fats has not only changed our bodies but our skin, as well!
"Some of our faves include avocados and flaxseed for hormone-balancing omega-3s; cruciferous vegetables like kale and cauliflower for must-have organosulfur compounds; citrus fruits for that healing, collagen-supporting vitamin C; and fermented foods like kimchi and miso which help the microbiome thrive and in turn keep inflammation at bay and skin glowing and clear.
"Aside from food, we use all-natural, organic beauty products and rely on practices that relax the mind and ignite the soul. Not sure if skin ever radiates brighter than after a long meditation!”
For Harper, “private” skincare means focusing on the eyes: “I always apply my Boosted Contouring Eye Mask (£105) in circular motions around my eyes, 10 times in each direction. This helps prevent fluid buildup and minimises dark circles and puffiness.”
Also, since stress can wreak havoc on your skin, she believes in restoring her mind at the end of the day: “I take a relaxing bath with a few drops of my Aromatic Stress Treatment (£63) every night before bed to help sooth my senses and maintain balance.”
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“Contrary to popular opinion, face shaving is not just for men—it’s actually a popular treatment trend among women, and definitely something they do in private or may not be so quick to admit. For one thing, it removes peach fuzz, which allows for seamless foundation application, and it also helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Simply put, shaving removes dry surface cells, and we all know the benefits of exfoliating. Many people are under the impression that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker, but this is definitely not the case. For women in their 40s, the slow decrease of estrogen in our bodies can cause an increase in facial hair, but shaving can keep that hair growth in check.”
Additionally, Rouleau says getting the blood flowing is a great way to improve your skin, but not in the way you might be thinking: “To increase circulation to the face, many women will hang their heads upside down for a few minutes per day. They do this up against a wall, during downward dog in yoga, or over the side of the bed. After three minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin, and in the long run, it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow to appear lit from within.”
Vargas’s celeb clients follow similar best practices as us editors: “Some of my clients wear sheet masks and under-eye gel masks in the car on the way to the office,” Been there, done that. She continues, “I also have clients who sleep in beauty masks.”
What do you do in private for glowing skin? Sound off below!
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