Hands up if you haven’t changed out of your pajamas, brushed your hair, or touched your tweezers in what feels like a decade. It’s okay, you’re not alone. Really. But if social distancing is paving the way for a hairier, pastier, five-pounds-fatter version of yourself, then it’s time to pull yourself out of that stuck-at-home funk, put down the chocolate (you can do it), and welcome back your beauty regimen – starting here.
Tame Your Brows
If your brows are starting to unite as one, don’t give up hope – and don’t get too tweezer-happy. It’s better to have something to work with than nothing. Keep your brows nourished and healthy with a daily slick of castor oil and, if they’re in need of taming or reshaping, use the “golden ratio” rule as your guide.
As brow guru Anastasia Soare revealed to us, “Brows should begin directly above the center of your nostrils and should end where the corners of the nostrils align with the outer corners of the eyes. The highest point of the arch should align the tip of the nose with the center of the iris.” If you’re still in doubt, invest in a brow-stencil kit. A foolproof way to ensure you maintain the perfect shape, it will show you where to fill in or add extra volume as well as where to pluck. For more ways to boost your brows, click here.
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘5 Piece Eyebrow Stencil Kit’
Nail Your Nail Care
If there was ever a time to give your nails a break from your weekly manicure, it’s now. But if you can’t bear going bare, then opt for more ‘breathable’ formulas that won’t damage your nails, such as Kure Bazaar’s polishes, which are made from 85 percent natural ingredients and don’t contain any scary chemicals. But whether you’re going polish-free or not, you need to keep your nails and cuticles in check, especially given the drying effects of sanitizers and constant handwashing.
Nourishing hand creams and cuticle oil will keep skin soft and hydrated, while cuticle removers will keep nail beds tidy and stop you from stress-picking at your skin. But the rule of thumb, no pun intended, is: do not pick off your polish. All this will do is weaken your nails and strip them of their protective layer. Instead, hold cotton pads soaked in acetone onto your nails, wrap in them in foil, and leave for at least 10 minutes to dissolve the color. It might take more than one go, but be patient – your nails will thank you for it!
Treat Your Teeth
Just because you can’t make it to the dentist doesn’t mean you should give up on your teeth. And thanks to some seriously top-notch at-home whitening kits, you can maintain your pearly whites from the comfort of your couch. The next best thing to booking in with dentist to the stars, Dr. Apa? His ‘White Duo’ kit. The two-step process mimics professional whitening treatments usually only found in the dentist’s chair and consists of a whitening gel pen and strips that you place onto your teeth. All you need is one hour a day for five days to see a big difference. For more top DIY dental tips, click here.
Apa Beauty ‘Apa White Duo’
Handle Unwanted Hair
When it comes to DIY hair removal, safe and simple is key. But if just shaving your legs isn’t quite cutting it, you can – armed with the right tools, of course – manage that tache and keep unwanted bushes at bay. For legs, armpits, and more intimate areas, Braun’s revolutionary ‘Silk 9 Epilator’ works both wet and dry and gently exfoliates skin while painlessly removing hair through over 3,000 micro-vibrations per minute and 10,000 fine bristles. Not only will this keep skin soft and smooth, but also prevent pesky ingrown hair.
You can prep skin to perfection and maintain smooth, fuzz-free skin by exfoliating regularly (more on that in a moment) and loading up on nourishing body creams and lotions. Fur’s ‘Stubble Cream’ can be used everywhere, from your face to ‘down there’, and helps hydrate and soften follicles to discourage ingrown hairs, razor burn, and bumps – no matter which hair removal method you prefer.
If there’s one thing you need to add to your self-isolation to-do list, it’s exfoliation. Not only will it help with hair removal, but it’s also the secret to keeping your face brighter and your body smoother. This is all thanks to the removal of dry, dead skin and dirt build-up, which helps unblock pores and hair follicles while sloughing away the day. Our pic? The clever Clarisonic.
A bit like an electric toothbrush, but on a bigger scale, it helps remove dead skin cells and makeup to unclog your pores without too much effort on your part. Not just for your face, it’s great to take into the shower to keep your skin in flawless condition from top to toe. Here’s everything you need to know about the best ways to scrub up. Alternatively, if you’re in desperate need of something (anything) to do other than color-coordinating your sock drawer, you can easily whip up your own DIY body buffer using an oil base (coconut or olive is best), coffee granules, salt crystals, or brown sugar. This simple cellulite-busing recipe is an all-round winner.
Boost Your Roots
It’s not just Kelly Ripa who’s on root watch – we’re all slowly watching as our natural color emerges, wishing (for once) that our hair would stop growing. The brave amongst us might be taking a leaf out of Dua Lipa’s book and embracing a two-toned hairdo, but for the rest of us, not being able to book in for our regular touch-ups isn’t ideal. So what can you do about it?
Besides braving an at-home dye job, there are a few innovative hair heroes that will keep you going until you’re back in that salon chair. Celebrity hairstylist Rita Hazan (whose client list includes Beyoncé and JLo) has developed nifty root concealers in both stick and spray formats that instantly touch up your color – perfect if you’ve got a last-minute video conference. You could also try Color Wow’s ‘Root Cover Up’, which allows for perfectly precise application with a small brush. Root watch? Not on our watch.