8 ways to pamper yourself at home
During lockdown, set aside some time to pamper as you hunker down and focus on self-care. Take a break, unwind and either indulge in a relaxing home treatment, or tend to any beauty maintenance that needs addressing.
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We've rounded up eight ways you can treat yourself and your body, because making an effort to look and feel good is the ultimate mood booster.
Lip and Eye Masks
While catching up on your favourite Netflix shows, pop on a new-generation lip or eye mask. These are designed to target specific areas with the ingredients they need. Dr Lewinn’s Line Smoothing Complex S8 Undereye Recovery Mask 3 Pack, $11.99, gives instant relief to tired, dull eyes and helps to reduce fine lines and diminish the look of dark circles. Dr Lewinn’s Ultra R4 Collagen Plumping Lip Mask 3Pack, $11.99, is filled with a potent serum to plump and soften lips instantly.
Dim the lights, run a bath and do your best to distress and decompress, adding your favourite essential oil to alleviate your worries. Choose a blend designed to provide natural support in times of tension and pressure, like Absolute Essential Stress Less, $29.95
Light a candle
Spark up a candle to create a sense of calm. Your environment smelling great will lift your spirits too. Why not treat yourself and light the ‘good candle’ you’ve been saving, like the Ecoya Autumn Limited Edition Madison Jar Maple, $52.95
Teabags to the rescue
Apply brewed and cooled green tea bags to eyes. They’ll feel incredibly soothing on tired peepers, while the antioxidants in the tea work to reduce swelling. If you’re feeling particularly puffy, pop them into the fridge for an hour or so before applying.
The steam and warmth of the bath opens pores, so it’s the perfect time to put on a face mask. Treat your complexion to a deeply nourishing, hydrating one like Ultraceuticals Ultra Replenishing Mask, $85, as they’re ideal for this time of year when the humidity drops and starts to dry skin out. Bring it right down your neck and throat to your décolletage, as this area needs addressing after summer exposure.
Now that you have more time to kill within your daily routine, make a full body scrub once a week part of your routine. Getting rid of those dead skin cells with QED Skincare The Body Exfoliator, $70 won’t just make your body feel smoother, using circular motions will help increase circulation and increase lymphatic drainage aka reduce cellulite.
Polished limbs are prepped and primed for a major boost of hydration, there’s literally no better time to do it. After exfoliating and straight out of your shower or bath, apply a nourishing body oil or ultra-rich body lotion like Nivea Body Soufflé Irresistibly Smooth, $10.96 from top to toe, especially over hands as they need lots of TLC after all the frequent washing.
Nail a mani
So while you won’t be able to make your salon nail appointment, take the time to make sure your manicure and pedicure are looking pristine at home. Remove any old chipped polish and trim cuticles, and use a file to remove any hard, calloused skin on your feet. Using a base coat before polish not only makes it last, it’ll go on smooth and protect your nails from damage and drying out.
Revlon Multicare Base and Top Coat, $18
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How have you been spending your days in lockdown so far?