Backyard beauty – the products to add to your lockdown regime

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Whilst the #stayhome advice is firmly in place for the foreseeable future, summer is looming and many of us are still determined to look our Instagram best while staying at home.
The obligatory scroll through the upcoming season styles and beauty trends may seem somewhat redundant now our social lives have been suspended.
However, the importance of looking and feeling at our best shouldn’t be underestimated – even if it’s just for that selfie that makes you feel better.
Even if it’s just on the daily walk or sitting in the garden with a coffee, we’re likely to be peeling off the layers and getting out the flip-flops in the coming weeks – and we want to be ready.
Whatever your approach to the current situation – whether you’re a day-to-night pyjama type of gal or you’ve fully embraced Zoom appropriate outfits and make-up – we’ve put together a simple, at-home backyard feel-good guide with products you’ll want to buy now.


Nars Afterglow Lip Balm, £23


We might not be in a position to splurge out on salon treatments but now is a good time to enhance your existing beauty supplies.
Many of us are embracing ‘no-makeup makeup’ looks for our daily Zoom calls, so why not try just a hint of colour to boost your mood.
This latest hydrating lip balm from Nars infused with a blend of antioxidants to nourish and protect lips while adding a subtle hint of colour that’s almost completely indistinguishable.
The sheer texture of this must have lip balm is perfect for keeping your pout looking and feeling kissably soft and nourished without looking overdone.


Advanced Even Skin Tone Day Cream SPF 25, £9.99



If you’re in the back garden or out for your daily exercise you can still get burned – even if it’s cloudy. On warmer days, make sure you use moisturiser with added protection to help prevent early signs of ageing. We love Fade Out’s Advanced Even Tone Day Cream, which contains active ingredients to brighten and even skin tone, whilst improving skin hydration levels to reveal a more radiant and luminous complexion in just four weeks.
Fade Out uses the power of effective ingredients including Niacinamide, Lactic Acid and natural extracts of Liquorice and Mulberry to help reduce the appearance of dark spots, to gently remove dull, dead skin cells, and help retain moisture to keep your skin hydrated, resulting in a more radiant, luminous and even skin tone.
With SPF25 and UVA/UVB filters, it also provides SPF protection against the harmful effects of the sun.


Nailner Active Cover, £29.99



Isolation can be a good time to take a breather from your usual beauty routine and go “au natural.” If you have any beauty niggles such as dry skin, discoloured nails, or split ends, now is the time to tackle them. For example, if you’ve been hiding a fungal nail infection under dark polish (it hides a multitude of sins – right?!), now’s a good time to start a course of over-the-counter treatment. If you’re still worried what your close family or house mates will think about “what lies beneath”, you could try one of the innovative new products which allow you to have better looking natural nails such as Nailner Active Cover from Boots.


Utan’s Calendula Tanning Water, £18


We all feel better with a tan, right? But, until the Great British Summer arrives for real, we’ll need to rely on our trusty friend; tan in a bottle. There are some fantastic, easy to apply, cost effective products now available online. Utan’s Calendula Tanning Water, £18, provides a hydrating burst of colour which looks natural and can be used on the face and body. The heavenly scent also smells refreshingly like summer.


Green People Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask, £21



The long haul from Winter to Spring is hard at the best of times. But with limited current “air-time”, it can seem like skin needs more help to recuperate. Take advantage of this extra time to upgrade your beauty regime by using a face mask twice each week.
New from pioneering organic beauty brand Green People, this coconut and charcoal face mask is a skin-refining, pore-purifying detox product that draws out impurities, controls oil production, reduces the appearance of pores and mattifies the skin. Expect a serious skin glow and new levels of skin softness.



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