The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have hit all of us hard. So, a little bit of self care can provide a much needed boost to your mood. Ty our lockdown beauty tips for glowing skin, glossy hair and gorgeous nails!
Although the UK lockdown is still in place, there are a lot of things to be optimistic about. Firstly, the vaccination programme is well underway and with the infection rates down, the lockdown may be lifted in a month! Ok so another month without facials, Botox, dermal fillers, hair or nail services is not ideal. We get it. Don’t worry though, we’ve got the best lockdown beauty tips. Check out these quick and easy skincare, hair and nails hacks that you can try at home until professional services reopen.
How To Get Glowing Skin
Getting rid of maskne
It’s no secret that there has been a sudden increase in adult acne. A lot of this is due to stress and irritation around the area of the face covered by masks. In other words, mask acne or “maskne”. If you’re suffering from maskne, then try the following. Firstly, ensure that you throughly dry masks after washing them as dampness can cause irritation. Also, if you have sensitive skin usually, then use non bio detergent. When you come home, remove your mask and wash your face with a gentle cleanser then let your skin dry completely. Incorporating a salicylic acid toner into your skincare routine and a retinol serum will help get rid of maskne quickly. If your breakouts are really bad, then try a benzoyl peroxide cleanser or spot treatment gel. With any kind of breakouts, you might be tempted to skip moisturiser. Please don’t! Instead, use an oil free hydrating moisturiser with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (B3). This will help regulate oil production and minimise pores if you normally have oily skin.
Say goodbye to dry skin
On the other side of lockdown skin woes, is dry skin. With more of us spending time indoors your skin may be feeling tighter looking flakier and duller. If that’s the case, don’t worry! These lockdown dry skin tips will smooth and polish your skin immediately! Firstly, make sure you use a really hydrating cleanser (either a cleansing gel or balm). Follow up with an AHA toner in the mornings and Vitamin C serum. Finish off with a hyaluronic acid based moisturiser and SPF of course! At night, incorporate retinol or retinoid serum into your routine and follow up with your moisturiser.
The lockdown facial for any skin type
Once a week, if you really want to amp up your skin, give the lockdown facial a try! Start with a nice long shower to open up your pores. Cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply a targeted face mask. If you have normal or dry skin then go with an enzyme or AHA mask. If you have oily, maskne or acne prone skin then reach for a clay mask containing BHA. Throughly remove the mask and follow up with Vitamin C serum. If you have dry skin you can also add a hyaluronic acid and B5 serum. If you have oily or acne prone skin then you can also add a Vitamin B3 serum. Once the serum has soaked into the skin, massage a nourishing hyaluronic acid moisturiser into you skin. If you have dry skin, also look for ingredients like ceramides, shea butter and aloe vera. Repeat this facial once a week and your skin will look flawless!
How To Get Glossy Hair & A Bouncy Blow Dry At Home
With all the hair salons closed, hair DIY fails are what bonds us! Whether its, hair dye all over the bathroom tiles or over trimming or totally giving up on your unruly mane, you are not alone. Follow these easy hair hacks for glossy and polished looking hair.
You can easily boost the look of your hair and avoid or minimise the need for a hair cut until the lockdown is lifted. To start with, make sure that you have a good haircare routine. This means cleansing your hair with a shampoo that cleans but doesn’t strip your hair off its oils. Follow up with a nourishing conditioner. If you have dry hair, look for products containing Keratin and/or oils such as avocado, coconut and argan. For oily hair, seek products with zinc and aloe vera. Regardless of hair type, avoid shampoos or conditioners with sodium lauryl sulfate as these weight down the hair.
The “hair facial” and at home blow dry
Once a week, give your hair a “facial”. Start with shampooing your hair then following up with a scalp scrub. This will get rid of dandruff or flakey skin, calm irritation and stimulate blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. Wash that off and follow up with a deep conditioning protein mask. This will smooth your hair and increase its shine. Finish off with a drop of Argan oil or serum if you have dry hair and allow to air dry if you want to wear it naturally. If you want a professional looking blow dry, allow your hair to partially dry then apply a heat protecting product. Section hair into small pieces then use a paddle or round brush to blow dry it. For extra volume, apply velcro (or regular) rollers to the hair at the top of the crown and allow to cool. You can also use your hair irons to add extra definition or for a sleeker style. Finish with a bit of hair serum or oil for extra shine.
Styling your hair will go a long way to buy time until the salons reopen for a hair cut. If you hair is looking straggly, just trim off split ends but don’t be tempted to do more. As for covering up roots, try root touch up powders and sprays. Its never going to replace your professional colourist but will help conceal the step between died and undyed hair until you can be reunited with your stylist!
Easy At Home Manicure Hacks
Chances are your nails could do with a bit of TLC right now. Whether it’s anxious nail biting, skin picking or neglect, we’ve got your back. These fuss-free at home nail care tips and DIY manicure will even impress your manicurist!
The good news about nails is that it doesn’t take much to get your hands looking amazing. First of all, you need to counter the drying effects of alcohol and hand washing due to COVID. Use a super nourishing hand cream or balm. We love anything with Shea butter, Ceramides, Argan oil and/or Beeswax. Apply this to your hands and nails every time you wash your hands. Secondly, keep your nails short and filed. This will make them easy to keep clean and reduce chipping. If you want to instantly make them look super chic, just apply a single coat of clear nail polish.
The easy peasy at home manicure
For a little more indulgence, try this at DIY manicure. Start by removing any nail polish and then wash your hands with warm water and soap. Gently dry your hands and use a nail stick to clean under the nails and gently push back the cuticles. If you want, you can use cuticle remover to do this but do not cut your cuticles. File you nails and apply 1-2 layers of your favourite nail polish. Once dry, add a top coat for extra strength and shine. After your nail polish is completely dry, massage a little nail oil (or apricot or Argan oil) onto you nails and hands. Sit back and marvel at your handiwork.
The Secret To Lockdown Beauty Tips
Looking after ourselves is always important particularly when external events are beyond our control. COVID-19 is no exception. These tips will not only boost your mood and confidence during this period but will help you put your best foot forward when the lockdown is lifted. Remember, that you have to repair the outside from the inside. Whether it’s skin, hair or nails, you will always only look as good as you feel. As such, beauty sleep is crucial. So is stress reduction and a healthy diet.
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