Updated: Jun 9
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We’re all in self-isolation, and some of us have been staying inside for quite a while now! Our nails are growing out, our skin is dry as ever and our lashes are just looking… sad. Well, why not bring the beauty salon inside? There are so many cool beauty treatments and beauty DIYs that you can do at home!
During these uncertain times, taking time to look after yourself is more important than ever. I have been regularly doing gel nails on myself, and making sure I am still getting dressed, doing my makeup, and making myself feel nice. This really helps my mood, and I’m sure it will help you too.
Keep reading to discover 6 at-home beauty treatments that are perfect for self-isolation!
1) At home laser hair removal
Did you know it’s possible to do laser hair removal at home? At-home laser hair removal units use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which work by blasting the hair follicle with a pulse of bright light. This makes the hair go into its resting phase, so it’ll fall out. Gradually, your body will grow less hair in that area, until its completely gone. Amazing, right? I’m currently using the Philip’s Lumea that I got for Christmas and I’m loving the results so far.
I’ll be posting a full review of this one on my blog really soon!
2) Give yourself a facial massage
Help yourself unwind with a soothing facial massage. Facial rollers or Gua Shas are fantastic for this, as the cool crystals feel fantastic on your face- especially if you have inflamed or irritated skin! A facial massage can help to de-puff your face, reduce redness and help relax tense muscles.
To use facial massage tools, start by applying a facial oil or moisturiser. This will ensure that the tool glides over your face, rather than tugging at your skin. If you’re using a facial roller, roll the tool over your face, focusing on the areas you feel tension, such as the temples or the jaw. You can also roll them over inflamed areas of the skin to help soothe them. With a Gua Sha, do the same, ensuring you use the stone to hug your facial contours, and use less pressure if your skin starts to turn red.
For an extra cooling, soothing feeling, place your facial massage tools in the fridge for 15 minutes before use!
3) Home-made coffee scrub
If your skin is looking rough, why not make your own coffee scrub? These scrubs are super easy to do and they’re great for the planet as they use recycled ingredients.
All you need to make these, are 2 simple ingredients that you probably already have at home: coffee grounds and an oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Check out my previous blog post to find out how to make these at home!
If you don’t have any coffee at home, you can use sugar instead!
4) Do your own gel manicure
Many people aren’t aware of this, but gel nails are actually super easy to do at home! In fact, I truly think they’re easier than normal nail polish as the polish doesn’t set until you put it under the light, meaning you have more time to adjust the polish to your liking before it dries!
I have written up a complete step-by-step guide on how to do gel nails at home which you can find here. Once you start doing your own gel nails at home, you’ll never want to get them done again! At-home gel nails are cheaper and faster, as you don’t have to travel to get them done. As you can re-use the tools multiple times, they’re more eco-friendly than getting them done. But the best benefit: Doing them at home is BETTER for your nails! Many nail shops aren’t careful with your nails as they have to rush to fit in all their clients. You’ll see that your nails are far less damaged if you do them yourself!
Plus, it’s so nice to pamper yourself, and we all need to look after ourselves right now during these crazy times!
5) DIY lash extensions
I recently found out about this at-home lash extension kit and I knew I had to include it here. Lashify is a DIY lash extension kit which takes around 20 minutes to apply and lasts for 10 days. The lash application can be as natural or as glam as you’d like, but unlike false lashes, you don’t have to remove them at night.
I thought this looks really cool, and it’s definitely something fun to play around with while we’re stuck indoors!
6) Chemical peels
If you’re someone that gets regular chemical peels done, don’t worry! You can do chemical exfoliating peels at home! Exfoliating peels use Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are acids that gently slough off your dead skin cells. This makes your skin softer, more glowy, and allows any other skincare products that you use on your face to work better!
The most common exfoliating acids are glycolic acid, malic acid and lactic acid. A really great exfoliating serum is The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which you place on your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. When you wash it off, your skin will be immediately softer. Say hello to your new glowing skin!
I hope that you try out these at-home beauty treatments, because right now we deserve to be pampered and to feel good! I know that taking time to care for myself is really helping me stay positive, and I hope it helps you too.
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