So I've cleansed, exfoliated and applied a mask to my skin. The mask has helped the deeper layers of my skin and also prepared my skin to absorb ingredients. Next step in my routine is to help hydrate my skin. For this I use a face mist and hydrating booster.
Ultracalming mist I sometimes use this straight after exfoliating to calm any flareups my skin might have. After using a mask, I find that using this mist helps to further prepare my skin for the treatment products I use. This mist works below the suface of the skin to help interrupt inflammatory triggers, so I never experience any stinging or burning sensation after a facial. When you have sensitive skin, this is often the case with very active products which can sometimes cause serious discomfort. This mist can be used throughout the day so it's perfect to have around when you are struggling with sensitive skin. At R680 for 177ml, it is pricey but truly has helped calm my skin. This is not necessarily a step you have to follow in your facial routine and if you do want to incorporate a facial mist there are many affordable options on the market. The Body Shop has a lot of options for different skin types and more supermarket / drugstore brands are launching facial mists. I have a Rose Water toner spray from Lush that I keep in my fridge and spray on my face whenever I feel my skin is a bit dry or when I just need to refresh myself.
After spraying the mist, I follow up with the Skin hydrating booster also from Dermalogica. This hydrating fluid concentrate helps relieve dehydation and plumps out any the fine lines I have. This is a really powerful concentrate and you can immediately feel the relief from any dryness or tightness you may have. The booster can be used everyday and is very versatile - add a few drops straight onto the dry areas or mix it into a moisturiser to distribute it across your entire face. This product is expensive and honestly, when I first purchased this I had anxiety because of the price. It is currently R1030 for 30ml but timing it with a Sorbet sale will help take the sting out of the price tag. I am almost through my 30ml and do I think it is worth the price - hell yes! The 30ml have lasted me AGES because you just need a few drops once a day to treat dehydrated areas of your skin. The thing it, I can see and feel the difference it makes - the product contains hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycolipids and algae extract which all work together to restore moisture balance in the skin.
Following up your face mask with a serum or facial oil is a good way to get that final intensive treatment in before sealing it all in with your usual eye cream and moisturiser. I have a lot of skin care posts on my blog with many products - these are all mostly for dehydrated. sensitive and ageing skin types (click here to see all the posts).