Self-Isolation: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Good and Staying In

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It’s spring 2020 and we are currently in the midst of some uncertain and unprecedented times.

9-5 routines are being turned upside down, salons are temporarily closing their doors and we are all spending large amounts of time at home. Whether self-isolating or working at home as a precaution, we are all suddenly faced with lots of free time, and some of us are struggling to fill it.

We might only be stuck at home, but the sun and the summer are still approaching! Who says we have to let our beauty routines go when we’ve got ample time for summer prep pampering? Our back gardens are calling, and in these uncertain times, it is nice to indulge in a bit of fun and frivolous self-care to keep ourselves positive and pass the time while we stay in and do our bit.

Luckily, we’ve compiled the ultimate head to toe guide for how to maintain your beauty routine while passing the time at home.

 

Hair hydration

 

For once you don’t have to make do with a hasty 10-minute shower before rushing off to work in the morning. Why not take this time at home to replenish and re-hydrate your hair with a luxurious deep conditioning hair mask?
Give your hair the at-home TLC that it’s been craving with Azure’s line-up of intensive conditioners, leave-in stylers and hardworking heat protection.

 

Packed full of natural ingredients and free from sulfates, parabens and silicones, the new vegan haircare line has been created to be as kind to your hair as it is to the planet.
Think about taking a break from heated styling products and use this time to replenish your hair with Azure’s Rescue and Repair Revolutionary Intense Mask.
Infused with powerful but naturally-derived ingredients, this nourishing hair mask seals cuticles and repairs split ends while smoothing individual hair fibres.

 

Keep coloured and carry on

 

Now your hair is fully hydrated, many of you will be panicking about keeping those greys at bay. Welcome to the world of at-home hair dye, which can be just as effective (and kinder on your purse) as going to the salon. In this modern age of innovation, keeping your roots in check is hardly a hassle. Root touch ups are all the rage, and it’s not hard to see why.

 

 

Try the Josh Wood Root Smudger, £12 from Boots, to keep unsightly roots at bay during quarantine. Applied with a quick and easy brush, sponge or spritz, this handy product will keep you calm and confident about your hair for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Lash Detox

 

With DIY beauty on the rise and everyone becoming their very own beautician, its a better time than any to give your lashes some TLC.
The leader of lash serums, Revitalash, is loved by industry experts and celebrities alike, Megan Markle and Vogue Williams thank the brand for their luscious lashes.

The gentle, but mighty formula contains a biopeptin complex packed with biotin, green tea, peptides and lipids to achieve longer and stronger lashes.
Use this day and night to keep your lashes look lush while on lockdown.

 

Skin salvation

 

Self-isolation or not, good skincare is essential at all times. Why not use this time to bulk up your usual routine? As well as the regular cleanse, tone and moisturise, be extra kind to your skin. Time Bomb’s Peace & Quiet Cleansing Oil, £25, is the perfect pampering cleanser to help prep your skin before bedtime.

 

Facial massage is the best ‘free’ treatment you can add into your skincare regime to provide salon-worthy result. Combine with this luxury cleanser to boost circulation, tone and lift the facial muscles and aid lymphatic drainage. For that spa feel from home, think nourishing face masks galore. Face masks have a multitude of benefits including increased hydration, evening out the skin tone, and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Alternate between a variety of different masks as part of your regime such as using a sheet mask once per week, a mud mask a second time that week and a brightening and exfoliating treatment the following week.

 

 

Korean brand Masquebar has a range of super cute Pretty Animalz sheet masks, which tackle problem issues such as dullness, spots, dehydration and much more.
These animal print sheet masks are an affordable and fun, salon-standard home remedy. Evolve Organic Beauty also have a range of potent but gentle face masks which work miracles on your skin.

 

 

Their iconic Miracle Mask will keep your skin looking bright and radiant while indoors and it helps to remove dead skin cells at the same time.

 

Keep skin plump and soft

 

Keeping your skin moisturised while indoors with central heating is essential.  MUA essential Lait-Crème Concentrè works as a primer, hand moisturiser, face moisturiser, make-up remover, mask and after-shave cream. However, if you’re having problems with acne or blackheads, Carbon Theory has a range of breakout control products which will help keep stress pimples at bay. Use their Vitamin E & Tea Tree Oil moisturiser to help keep the skin clear and health while providing a lightweight yet mattified complexion.

 

 

 

Advanced Even Skin Tone’s Eye Defence Cream, £9.99, helps to hydrate and instantly illuminate tired-looking eyes. The new and improved formulation contains active peptides to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.
Your eyes are delicate yet they endure a lot throughout your life. Pollutants, ageing, lack of sleep and genetics can contribute to unwanted eye bags and fine lines which can make you look older than your years.

Then, if you want your skin to look extra peachy, cult Instagram brand Silky Bae has revealed that their iconic BaeVac, £24.99, has become so popular with consumers seeking a professional level microdermabrasion at home since they can’t go to the salon, that soaring sales have meant that they now sell 1 unit every 90 seconds. An Instagram phenomenon with a huge celebrity following, this at-home treatment will leave your skin glowing, all in the comfort of home.

 

 

Get the glow

 

You can still achieve that sun kissed golden glow you’ve been dreaming about since December with easy use self-tan products. If you’re after a natural look, try a gradual tan moisturiser and watch it develop steadily over a week or two. If you’re a real sun junkie and want a more intense bronze, we recommend a self-apply express fake tan product. Try St Moriz’s Radiant Glow Face Mist, £9.99, the tan to blend beautifully into the skin ensuring a long-lasting, flawless result.

 

 

Be sweet to your feet

 

Worried about foregoing your regular pedicure? Don’t worry – products like Footner Exfoliating Socks bring the experience and the results of a pedicure to your home.

 

 

Pop the socks on for 60 minutes while you get on with some work or watch some Netflix, and within 7-10 days any hard, dead skin will actually peel off your feet, revealing a layer of soft, smooth and rejuvenated skin underneath. As we’ve all got some spare time, this is the perfect time to show your feet some love. You can still rock your favourite sandals in the garden or round the house as we head into summer.

 

Relax and have a bath

 

Unwind in the evenings by treating yourself to a pampering bath while self isolating. No Secrets Bath Jelly from £18 has the base oils of sunflower seed, grape seed, kukui seed, and macadamia seed, which means you are getting some real skin heroes, rich in nutrients, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, K and especially E.

 

 

These all combine to nourish, moisturise and condition the skin leaving it regenerated and softened. Both blends contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which helps support your immune system and wellbeing, far more beneficial than a bubble bath of chemical foaming agents and synthetic fragrance.

 

 

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