With R U OK? Day only a few days away (September 9th for your diaries) we couldn’t think of a better time to indulge even more time on ourselves than we already have this lockdown.
Our new skin, hair and beauty regimes might have stepped up a few notches since we’ve been WFH, but there’s so many other ways to recreate your routine to look and feel amazing.
For those of us who love nothing more than an all-over professional spray tan, or a luxe facial after a long week of work, all hope is not lost. Here’s just some of our favourite self-isolation-friendly beauty fixes that you can do at home, giving you some much needed R&R while still practicing social distancing.
In lieu of a tropical holiday this year, get that just-got-back-from-the-beach glow at home with the latest gradual tan foam. If you hate that sticky residue and brown ‘guide’ tan, you’ll love this clear formula from Vacay Body that you can apply a couple a times a week on its own for a nice natural colour. Packed with hydrating ingredients and no drying alcohol, skin will feel hydrated too! It’s a win, win.
// Vacay Body 2-in-1 Gradual & Tan Extender Self Tan Mousse $24.95
CATCH SOME RAYS
If your idea of doing a face mask once a week is enough, we’re here to tell you to do more. Once restricted to the four walls of a facialist’s clinic, light therapy has now broken into the mainstream, with brands offering at-home LED masks that promise transformative results. Treating a multitude of skin concerns like increasing collagen production for plumpness, fighting acne breakouts, scarring and fading pigmentation, this is a next level tool you need in your routine. Although just remember these are cumulative, meaning one use won’t be changing your life, so consider slipping one on while pressing play on a guided meditation for a clear mind and complexion this weekend.
SPLURGE: Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro $619
SAVE: Peppy Co LED Light Therapy Mask V2 $128
DIY A HAIR MASK
While your tan settles in, why not whip up a hair mask from what you’ve got in the kitchen cupboard? Not a novelty, but hey, if Priyanka Chopra Jonas does it, we’re gunna do it too. “This has been taught to us by our mums and our grand-mums,” Priyanka says of her three-ingredient shine-boosting hair treatment. To copy: combine full-fat yogurt, a whole egg, and some honey. Apply from root to tip and leave on for 30 minutes to reveal rejuvenated lengths.
We’ve all felt the effects of over-washing and sanitizing recently, so give hands the TLC they deserve. While your home-made hair mask works its magic give cuticles the hydrating boost they crave with a hand mask… the ultimate next step up from just slathering on a cream. This budget fave from Patchology has soothing vitamin E and fruit extracts for softer hands and better-looking nail beds - a truly hands off approach to weekend chill time.
// Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand & Cuticle Mask $14
We forgot to mention the part about pouring yourself a glass of wine and then giving your besties a call to check in on them and discuss all the exciting things you’ve been up to recently. Trust us, they’ll really appreciate it.