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The spa can wait: the DIY alternatives for your favourite skin treatments

Last year had many a big lesson, but mostly it taught us how to do stuff from home – and do it well. Suddenly we could paint our left hands like a pro, bake a sourdough or ten, and give ourselves a facial that could rival your favourite spa (except with better music). We had time for multi-layered skincare routines, and hair masks that needed to be on for an hour, and the beauty gods kept serving up more ways to get pro treatments from home.

While we may now be celebrating a mask-free existence, there’s no denying that some things just feel better in the comfort of your own fluffy slippers. Here are our few of our go-to treatments and devices that got a DIY makeover thanks to some clever MECCA favourites.

You love: microcurrent

Your DIY friend is: NuFace Mini

We’re pretty sure the only thing that would be better than watching Netflix while improving your skin tone, working on your facial contours and improving the appearance of fine lines is if there was a way you could also be spoon fed Messina at the same time. But, since we’re short of gelato-wielding cherubs, we’ll take this clinically-tested, handheld NuFace Mini device any day for an instant face lift feel.

You love: microneedling and dermarolling

Your DIY friends: BeautyBio GloPRO Facial Microneedling Regeneration Tool and Lonvitalite Microneedle Dermaroller .33mm

Needles and DIY generally don’t mix, but the exception is this: microneedling and dermarolling. It’s one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years, thanks to devices like these leading the way in home-friendly tech. Just to recap on the difference: microneedling uses tiny needles to puncture the outer layer of the skin, causing a low-level trauma that kickstarts the regeneration process by helping to boost collagen production. Dermarollers typically have shorter needles as they were designed to be more of an at-home alternative, but the terms have become somewhat interchangeable and both also help products like serums absorb better into the skin – so everything just works better.

You love: facials

Your DIY friends: Knesko Rose Quartz Antioxidant Face Mask, Verso Deep Hydration Mask and La Mer The Brilliance Brightening Mask

Pretty much everyone is aboard the masking train these days, and with good reason: now at-home formulations are so good you can get all the benefits of a facial – and afford to do them weekly. Just like all skincare, the key to masking is finding the right one for your skin type and concern. No matter how much hype a product has, if it doesn’t suit your skin it won’t work for you. If it’s clarity and brightness you’re after (because, who isn’t), you can’t go past La Mer The Brilliance Brightening Mask. This powerhouse two-step system uses hyaluronic acid to plump and nourish, vitamin C to brighten and their trademarked “Miracle Broth” to regenerate skin and heal. If your skin is feeling stressed and needs some calm, Knesko Rose Quartz Antioxidant Face Mask will sort it right out. With marine collagen and hyaluronic acid to nourish and soothe, it also uses reiki charged rose quartz, a stone thought to promote healing and self-love. And, if it just needs a shot of supercharged hydration, Verso Deep Hydration Mask will do the trick with its patented hydrogel technology that helps the moisture last up to 120 hours.

You love: light therapy

Your DIY friend: Dr.Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro

Can we all just agree that at-home LED masks are the greatest beauty innovation of the last couple years? Good. Never have our faces been so happy to see a pro-treatment become available for at-home use. For the uninitiated, here’s why: They emit wavelengths of either blue light (to target problematic skin and bacteria) or red light which penetrates deeper into the layers of the skin and helps boost collagen. This one by Dr.Dennis Gross, the Spectralite Faceware Pro is the best in the market and does both on different settings – all in three minutes. Completely safe and gentle enough to use daily it’s also an excellent tool for terrifying unsuspecting housemates and/or children.

You love: facial massages

Your DIY friend: Angela Caglia Rose Quartz Gua Sha Lifting Tool

Gua Sha is a massage practice that has been used for centuries in China to as part of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as stimulating the facial muscles and increasing blood flow. Celebrity facialist Angela Caglia’s version of the tool, the Angela Caglia Rose Quartz Gua Sha Lifting Tool was specifically designed to mimic her sign ature facial massage at home. The best part is you can do it in front of the TV, in bed, or wherever you like. Pair it with a luxe facial oil for the full experience.

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