Lockdown has taken its toll on our beauty routines. From ditching the makeup products to barely brushing our hair some days, a stripped-back approach has been embraced.
Our skin has taken a hit too. Dr Susan Mayou, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, previously spoke to The Independent about why many people have seen an increase in dryness and spots.
“Stress is a recognised trigger for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, so it’s unsurprising that more people are reporting breakouts at this uncertain and very stressful time,” she says, adding that mindfulness, meditation and exercise are all great ways to relax and refocus.
Pre lockdown, you might have booked in a facial, where an expert can personalise treatments for you and identify what your skin needs.
However as we slowly emerge from lockdown and hairdressers, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and art galleries have reopened, many beauty salons have not been permitted to.
Close contact services which include everything from face waxing, sugaring or threading services, facial treatments, advanced facial technicals (electrical or mechanical), eyelash treatments, make-up application, dermarolling, dermaplaning, microblading, electrolysis on the face and eyebrow treatments, were initially given the green light to open on 1 August but the day before, the prime minister announced this would be postponed to 15 August in a bid to keep the number of coronavirus cases under control.
It's a decision that has been described as sexist as while only treatments below the neck are permitted, beard trims are allowed. Especially as many beauty salons already practice hygiene, cleanliness, preparation and sterilisation.
While we continue to wait for salons to reopen, you can also book a virtual consultation with aestheticians and skincare brands, some free and some fee-paying, so you can put your questions to the experts.
But for a little TLC in your own bathroom, give yourself an at-home facial using a selection of expert-approved products and tools.
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Whether you’re wearing make-up or are bare-faced, to begin with, a cleanser is the first step. Pfeffer advocates using two, an oil cleanser first to dissolve debris from the day including makeup, SPF, or excess oil on the skin.
“The second cleanse will really clean the skin so it’s a blank canvas for your products to follow,” she says.
Bolder recommends squeezing five to six drops onto your palms and rub together to warm the oil. “Bending your fingers on both hands, using your index and middle finger knuckles pinch your jaw and slide outwards from the chin to behind the ear 30 times each side using a firm pressure.”
Then she says, place your palms over your cheekbone starting at the nose, sweep the heel of your hand outwards and upwards (underneath the cheekbone) towards the ears using a firm pressure to lift the cheek. Repeat this six times on each side.
“Slide up to the forehead, again using your palms one at a time to work from the centre and glide outwards to the temple applying a firm pressure to stretch the forehead, repeat this 30 times,” she says.
To finish, she advises to bring your hands back down to your cheekbones, make a fist and place your finger knuckles directly underneath your cheekbones and lean down onto your hands pressing deeply inwards and upwards. “Hold for 10 seconds then repeat six times.
Once you've treated and massaged skin, apply a luxurious lip balm before you head to bed, as a treat and to keep dry, chapped lips at bay.
We’d recommend the new Huda Beauty silk balm (Cult Beauty, ?18) which is packaged in a lip-gloss style tube with a doe-foot applicator.
It saves you from getting sticky fingers as you would with a salve in a pot, and has a blush pink sheer tint which leaves a gloss-like shine without the stickiness.
The soybean and liquorice extract enriched formulas will keep your lips looking and feeling smooth until morning.
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