Sunday Pamper

June 11, 2014

As much as I enjoy a pampering spa treatment every now and then, I often do a ‘home version’ on a weekly basis. Obviously it’s a lot cheaper, and to be honest, the result is pretty much ‘spa-like’ with the help of some good products. My current home-facial is as below – it’s my ideal Sunday night wind down activity with my favorite candle, music and magazines!

1. Deep Cleanse – After removing the makeup, I wash my face using my Clarisonic Aria with a foaming cleanser. I bought this wonderful cleansing tool about 2 months ago and I am completely hooked on it. It gives the skin a true deep cleanse and mild exfoliation which significantly improves the skin congestion around my problematic areas.

2. Massage – This is an essential step to improve blood circulation and lymph drainage hence your face appears more contoured and radiant. I often notice that my face appears significantly slimmer and more lifted after a professional facial. At home I always follow the famous Tanaka’s Face Contouring massage (you can watch her videos here – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 shows the before and after result). She is the guru of  anti-aging massage, and her book has sold millions of copies across Asia. Combining her massage technique with my Suqqu Massage and Mask Cream helps in firming, detoxifying and lifting the face.  If your face is starting to show signs of sagging/fatigue, or you are prone to water retention, I highly recommend that you include this step into your skin care routine. Be aware not to massage on dry skin as too much friction will undo the benefits.

3. Purifying/Clarifying – I then put on the Chantecaille Fruit and Flower Acid Mask. It’s a very gentle clarifying mask that acts almost like a mild peel. It removes the dead skin cells, unclog the pores and brighten up the complexion. I have very thin skin and this one delivers the result without any irritation.

4. Hydrate/Moisturize – Now my skin is all clean and ready to absorb the miracle ingredient of Pitera from my all time favorite SKII’s Facial Treatment Mask. After trying out tons of paper masks over the years, this one still remains my top favorite. It hydrates, brightens and plumps up even the most tiring skin . When using a face mask make sure you are always lie down, because these weighty paper masks (as they are soaked in liquid) can drag your face down “discreetly” if you have it on while sitting/standing!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Divya June 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

This is too much luxury for my poor eyes! 🙂 The Chantecaille mask sounds like a really good one!

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Megin June 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Reika, thanks so much for linking Tanaka’s massage routine! I just followed along with the video and awww….my face feels wonderful! I’m going to do the massage every morning with my cup of tea. I need to find a nice NON-drying foaming wash to use with my Clarisonic. Do you have suggestions? Thanks!


Reika June 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hi Megan, good to know that you enjoy the massage! There is also a short version of this massage if you are rushed for time (on youtube as well). Yes! I have 2 very good recommendations! For high end I love the Estee Lauder re nutriv intensive hydrating foaming cleanser. For drugstore brand I am very impressed with the face shop white tree snow foam cleanser – it leaves the skin so moisturized!


Megin June 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Thanks so much for the recommendations! Yesterday I picked up Chanel’s Mousse Confort Rinse-off Rich Foaming Cream Cleanser at the suggestion of my Chanel SA. Today I have a full face of makeup and I’m looking forward to seeing if it will remove it all. I’ve only done the massage routine two days and I swear my face looks better already!


Lena L June 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for sharing!
I used to get facials at my favorite spa but lately I haven’t been able to keep my monthly appointments due to my work schedule. So I’m trying a mini facial/pampering at home myself. The products used are different but good exfoliation followed by deep soothing/moisturizing treatment has been working very well for me. I think I use my Clarisonic exclusively for exfoliation as well. 🙂


Jeslynj June 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Hi Reika,
Can you recommend another massage/mask cream that I can easily purchase in the U.S? Thanks!


Reika June 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Hi Jeslynj, I highly recommend the history of whoo massage cream if you can get your hands on it.

Otherwise Sheiseido has one that hydrates and brightens.


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