Over the past few months we have seen the world face global health and economic crisis. For the high street and beauty industry COVID-19 has presented one of the biggest challenges yet. With spas and salons closing their doors to the general public and mobile therapists being unable to see clients in their homes, so many of us have been turning to DIY home beauty treatments. Self care is a phrase that means something different to every person, but I think now more than ever the concept of it is so important. I hope that sharing this post on the things that I did during lockdown (and continue to do) to look good, but most importantly feel good, will help you do the same during your own times of uncertainty and worry.
Make time for you
Throughout lockdown, despite working from home, I still got up at the same time every morning to do my hair and make up and get ready for work as normal. I ordered my usual (and a lot of new!) beauty products online and allowed myself additional time for pampering sessions during the week.
Pre-lockdown I would leave the house at 7am to commute to work over an hour away and not get home until 7pm, so I thought it was important to use the additional time at home to really look after myself despite still working full time. I ate healthily, had more restful sleep and generally a had a much slower pace of life which allowed for a much nicer work/ life balance despite what was going on in the world.
Focus on those things you can do (and take pleasure in the little things!)
During lockdown we were all SO limited in what we could do, so it became much more important to focus on those things that we could do at home. The same applies to any time of crisis; instead of focusing on those things you can’t do, focus on those things that you can do.
Allowing additional time for self care certainly helped me define the individual days and made me feel better, especially on those days where I was really struggling not being able to see or hug my friends and family. Even though I knew I wouldn’t be physically seeing anyone, my beauty routine has always been something I do for me and not for anyone else.
Doing my hair, make up and tan has always been part of who I am, so it was important for my own mental health for me to maintain that. I still wanted to look and feel like me and I think for a lot of people going through challenging times that sense of maintaining control and your identity is so important. It gave me something to look forward to each day, no matter how difficult those days may have been or what doom and gloom was on the news!
Adjust your lifestyle to suit your circumstances
An hour or two at the salon each week or month has been part of my normal routine since my teenage years, but fortunately I have never been a stranger to pampering myself at home. At the beginning of 2020, prior to lockdown, I made it my new years resolution to try and do more myself a) to save some money and b) because I really enjoy doing it.
I worked out that just my £22 fortnightly nail appointment alone were costing £572 a year, so I decided to buy my own gel lamp and do my nails at home. Imagine the savings if you’re someone who has your nails, lashes, tan and waxing done every month!
Now that a lot of people are finding themselves, their partners or other family members out of work and outgoings are having to be scaled back, I hope that cutting out the salon doesn’t fill you with dread and that this post helps you think of new ways to feel good by pampering yourself at home and without you needing to spend a fortune.
Below are some of the things I do to feel good physically and mentally, but feel free to share your own tips and thoughts in the comments.
I start and end every day with my skincare routine which includes double cleansing, toning, serum and moisturiser. Those ten minutes at the start and end of the day really do feel like a real treat, and even if I achieve nothing else in a day I know that I have invested that little bit of time in myself and my skin.
I do a face mask two or three times a week and during lockdown I even gave myself a mini facial or two! If I am honest I probably had more facials in lockdown than I would in a year, but technically I saved money in the process and had a lot of extra time on my hands!
Sunday mornings I find are the perfect time for a face mask and taking it easy, so would highly recommend you trying it too next Sunday as a recharge and reset before the new week ahead.
Get a healthy glow
For my body, aside from eating well, going for a walk every morning and drinking plenty of water, the biggest thing that makes me feel good is a tan. I always feel so much better about myself when I have a tan and even during the winter months I still apply fake tan at home once a week.
As someone who adores skincare and is passionate about looking after her skin, over the years I have become more conscious about the type of tanning products I use. I prefer to use products that contain natural ingredients, are moisturising and give a natural glowing finish like St Tropez’s new Purity Vitamins range. It is aptly described as sunshine in a bottle powered by vitamins and oh does it help deliver as good of a hit as a dose of sunshine but without those harmful UV rays.
The St Tropez Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Body Mist not only leaves a beautifully natural looking tan but is also infused with 95% natural skincare ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and Vitamins C and D which help to hydrate the skin and keep it looking radiant.
Even better that St Tropez have also designed a fake tan for face product within the Purity Vitamins range that is specifically for your face; the Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Facial Serum. I apply the serum directly onto my skin after cleansing and toning and before my serum, moisturiser and SPF, however it can be mixed with your usual moisturiser, serum or SPF. So its bye bye tired lack lustre skin and hello to that just-got-back-from-my-staycation tan. Another bonus is that it helps disguise my dark circles and neither of the products have a guide colour, which means that my fiancé, cream bedding and clothes all stay very happy!
To keep my long hair looking healthy and in good condition I do a deep conditioning hair mask once a week and over the past few months have reduced my heat styling to once or twice a week instead of every day. Again Sunday is usually my hair mask day so I apply it first thing, tie my hair up in a bun and then pop my face mask on. Why not kill two birds with one stone eh?
I ordered some Aussie three miracle oil in one of my Boots lockdown orders, and run a couple of pumps of that through my hair every morning to help bring definition and shine back to my curls. I swear that helped maintain my hair’s health and shine during lockdown and when I was finally able to see my hair stylist again on 10 July he commented on how good the condition was despite me not seeing him for over three months.
Create your own sanctuary
And my final beauty tip is if like me you never feel more relaxed than when you have just left the spa, then create your own spa sanctuary at home!
Run a bath, light some candles and stick on a spa or relaxation playlist on i-tunes. Then follow one or all of the above detailed steps to feel like a new woman…
So they’re my top beauty tips at home for looking and feeling good without breaking the bank, but I’d love to know what makes you feel good during difficult times. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below and tell me whether you do any of the above, or alternatively tell me your top tips for feeling good and beauty at home.
Jessica KG ♡
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