Soaking Ritual 101

by Clemency Alice | October 22, 2015

For a few years I have incorporated 'soaking' as part of my daily skincare ritual. I was first introduced to this a few years ago in Sydney, when receiving training from celebrity facialist Sharon McGlinchey. Prior to this, cleansing was just a quick step in the morning...slap on some cleanser, a dab of this and a dash of that. But I learnt that just taking - that - time  each morning is an invaluable tool for maintaining an ultra-hydrated, soft & supple, radiant skin. A vital secret in keeping your skin healthy and supporting your outmost layers natural protection is to wet the skin and lock it in. This maximises your skins ability to absorb the plant actives from your favourite facial oil or moisturiser. 

Soaking Method* : Fill your basin with approximately 2cm of warm water. Add three drops of your favourite soaking drops to the basin and swirl the water round with your fingertips. Immerse your soaking cloth in the water then wring out excess water and hold the soaking cloth over your face for a slow count of 5. Re-immerse the cloth in the water and repeat this step 3 to 4 times. Once your skin is fully saturated, lock that moisture in with your mist, serum & moisturiser.

Here are some basic tips when doing the Soaking Ritual at home:

  • Do not rush. This is a soothing, nurturing procedure that alows your skin to fully absorb the moisture & creates valuable time-out for you.
  • Have all your skincare products within reach to allow a smooth seamless flow between steps.
  • When pressing the warm aromatic cloth into the skin, take some slow, deep breaths. This will both calm the body and ensure that your skin has thoroughly absorbed the moisture from the compress.
  • Avoid having the water temperature too hot. Especially if you have a tendency towards sensitivity, since this can weaken the capillary walls and aggravate the skin. 
  • Do not allow the skin to dry. You want to immediately lock in the moisture with your skin-loving plant actives. Remember, wet the skin and lock it in.

*Note: This step can be performed in the morning instead of your usual cleanse and in the evening post-cleanse. 

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