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9 Jul

Pampering and Self-Care in Lockdown

Every day is starting to feel the same, right?  Why not take this time to look after ourselves; It’s a break from life, something that many of us will never get again. 

Let’s switch our mindsets from feeling fed up to appreciating this time, learning to be grateful for our safety and our health. I know it’s a challenging time, but seeing the positives will change your mindset for the day. Without our hairdressers or beauticians, we are all starting to feel the withdrawal symptoms… But hang on in there! Don’t get out the box dye or the wax strips, instead, let’s embrace these roots and fluffy brows! Some self-love and acceptance is something you usually might not get the time for. 

So, take a deep breath while I talk through how you can spice up your morning routine and create an indulging pamper night. 

To start off your morning ALWAYS make your bed; this instantly tricks your mind into productivity 

It’s also the perfect time to give your skin a break from makeup, with no-makeup makeup to create a natural dewy look. The key to this is diving into skincare routineIn the mornings, always try to include Vitamin C and SPF! An amazing Vitamin C serum is the Super Glow by Glossier, which creates an instant radiant firmer look.

Vitamin C is vital for our skin as it evens ouskin tone, brightens pigmentation, boosts collagen production and fights free-radical damage – paired with SPF, this combination creates the perfect skin barrier for the day. The key to young skin forever is SPF, yes even in the UK and yes even when it’s cloudy. Its important to protect your skin from environmental aggressors and sun damage every day, no matter the weather. A great sunscreen is the COSRX Aloe Soothing SPF50, as it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling instantly smooth.

 To finish the dewy look off, spritz your face with the Garnier Natural Rose Mist, which instantly refreshes your morning skin, leaving you with a dewy glow. 

To start your ‘perfect pamper night why not start by running a bathput your favourite music on, grab a drink and get ready to fully relax… 

Before you hop into the bath, apply a hair mask to leave in your hair while you soak. Two great ones to create that soft, deep moisturised shiny hair is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan Oil Mask and Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Reconstructor, which are full of nutrients to feed your hair – something we all need right now. 

The essentials you’ll need for a nourishing bath is a body scrub, a scalp wash and a creamy body wash. Just dive into some deep self-care to reset yourself; Scrub away all dead skin cells and then apply a creamy body wash; The Soap and Glory Righteous Butter 3 in 1 to give you an easy shave with no irritation and soft skin at the same time! It’s bound to leave your skin feeling renewed and silky soft. Finally, an exfoliating scalp wash now is a great time to deep clean your roots and scalp to give your hair some extra care.

Once you’re out and are feeling freshyou can dive straight into your nighttime skincare routine. Start with applying a serum; Vitamin B3 is essential for the skin as our bodies don’t produce it. It helps to minimise our pores, fight acne, balance oils and strengthens our skin barrier. A popular type of Vitamin B3 is Niacinamide and you can find this in the cult-favourite The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% serum. 

Did you know that our skin loses a lot of moisture in the night, so its important to use a night cream or a deep moisturiser to give your skin some extra TLC. The Palmers 24-hour Cocoa Butter melts into the skin for deep moisturisation, or if you’re looking for an over-night treatment, the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask boosts your skin giving you, quite literally, beauty sleep.

An extra self-care tip is to try and keep your routine consistent throughout lockdown. The surprising use of castor oil; Applying castor oil onto your lashes every night until the lockdown is over, will help your lashes grow and thicken. This is a great extra step for those who had lash extensions, to help rebuild your natural lashes. 

Finally, just relax. Put your favourite PJs on, watch a chick flick, read a book and do whatever makes you feel happy. 

Stay safe and look after yourself inside and out. 

Georgia Leigh Rhodes

Im a Fashion Student at Leeds University, the one thing i was always 100% about was what career i wanted, everything else were still figuring out...

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