Things are ‘odd’ at the moment (to say the least) and it can become quite easy to get lost in the madness of the world, forgetting to look after ourselves. So, let’s not let our self-care beauty routine dwindle; make self-care a priority. After all, that’s what will keep us sane and going strong…
One thing that we’ve all come to realise from quarantine life, is that we can do so much from the comfort of our own homes. Whether it’s a well-needed nap, a beauty mask or two (or three), a little face massage, a 20-minute at-home workout, playing with makeup, experimenting with our hair or simply having a relaxing, aroma-filled bath… There’s so much we can do to help lift our spirits all in the comfort of our humble abode.
Below, we share our top tips on how to boost our mood and beauty rituals at home, to ensure we’re looking and feeling as bright-eyed and determined as always.
Rub a dub, dub
If you’re privy to a bathtub in your isolation zone, then lucky you! Take advantage of it. Run yourself a luxurious bath filled with bubbles, exfoliants and beautifully scented candles (it’s been found that certain scents can calm the mind and others can re-energize the body).
For those who don’t have (or don’t like) a bath, a shower can be just as good on the body and mind – it’s really all in what you do and what you use.
Start with a hard-working body scrub to deeply exfoliate and rid your skin of dead cells whilst increasing blood flow. Continue with nourishing shower lotions and, once out of the water, a body moisturiser or, for added decadence, a fast-absorbing oil paired with an ultra-rich body cream or lotion. You’ll be left gleaming, super hydrated and feeling renewed.
Caudalie | Gentle Buffing Cream 75ml | £20
Dr Hauschka | Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence 100ml | £17
Dr Botanicals | Vanilla Chai & Amber Bath Bomb 200g | £9.28
Urban Veda | Reviving Body Scrub 200ml | £9.99
Aromatherapy Associates | Support Equilibrium Bath And Shower Oil 55ml | £48
This Works | Perfect Legs Skin Miracle 120ml | £30.40
Dr Bronner | Baby Unscented Castile Liquid Soap 237ml | £8.19
Moroccanoil | Body Buff Fleur d’Oranger 180ml | £38.70
Shop Bath & Body here
Masking and Relaxing
They come in all shapes, sizes and ‘target areas’… a beauty mask fit for your whole body from head to toe. Choose a genius mask that will de-puff those eyes, another that will soften dry hands (we’ve never needed handcare more), a face mask for an deep cleanse or a reason to finally use a foot peeling mask (what better opportunity for peely feet than now?).
Spread you beauty masks over the week (could be something to look forward to) or go super bougie and whack them all on in one day… The choice is yours!
Foreo | LUNA Mini 2 Pearl Pink and Micro-Foam Cleanser 100ml Bundle | £99
Kocostar | Princess Under Eye Patch – Gold (single) | £3
Beauty Pro | Black Peel-Off Mask With Activiated Charcoal – 40ml | £8.95
Peter Thomas Roth | 24k Gold Mask | £63
Shop beauty masks here
Work it out
Everyone’s been jumping on the ‘at-home wokouts’ (as have we with our 20-minute blast), but let’s not forget about the tension in our face, and the workout our facial muscles need.
Telltale signs of stress and anxiety show in our face through retention of fluid, puffiness and dehydration, so it’s time to soothe the skin and kneed those knots out – it’s remarkably soothing and calming for your whole body.
Oilixia | Rose Quartz Gua Sha | £20
Danielle Creations | Opal Dual Ended Facial Roller | £14.99
Beautyblender | The Detailers -High Roller | £27 (note the cooling roller tip on the brush end)
Danielle Creations | Bright Eyes Rolling Massager and Soothing Gel Pads | £7
Read our review on the Oilixia Gua Sha tool here
Play with makeup
Always wanted to try a new look? Do it! Take this opportunity to try out new lipsticks, eyeshadows and maybe even master that ‘cat-eye’. Look at the trends that are out there and see what words for you. Give yourself a manicure, pluck those brows… the world is your proverbial oyster!
Green lid inspiration from @meganellaby
Sosu by Suzanne Jackson | Keilidh Cashell Urban Bible Eyeshadow Palette | £29.95
Soft pastel nails inspiration from @lydiajanetomlinson
Nailberry | L’Oxygéné Nail Polish 15ml in Love | £14.50
Shop makeup here
New hair toy
With hairdressers out of the question, become your own hair stylist! Maybe forgoe the box dyes and home cuts, but try out the newest toys and gadgets for your hair. You never know, you could find your new ‘it’ ‘do.
Get that Glow
The sun may be shining outside, but for those #wfh laptop + sun isn’t the best idea (nor productive). If you are to sit outside though, remember that SPF! We may be in England but boy do you still need SPF.
Or, how about a faux tan. Get feeling glowy and golden with a lovely fake tan – it’s always that little pick-me-up that you need.
Sosu by Suzanne Jackson | Dripping Gold Body Tune Gift Set | £32
Vita Liberata | Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion 150ml – Dark | £37.50
Ecooking | Self Tanning Drops 30ml | £27
Freshly Baked London | Original Coconut Self Tan Mousse | £14
Shop all tan here
Zen your space
Where we now spend pretty much all of our time, our home needs to be a sanctuary of relaxation.
From reed diffusers, scented candles and even candles that match our favourite fragrances, you can transform your home into an oasis. A paradise of calm.
Shop all home fragrance here