Add a little *spice* to lockdown.
If you’re in lockdown, or just looking to give yourself a little TLC, you’re probably on the hunt for more self-care ideas.
These are little moments for yourself, rituals of self-love that give you the warm and fuzzies while also rejuvenating you on the outside too.
If you’re looking for new steps to add to your ‘me time’ routine, look no further. We have compiled some of the best tips from Australia’s leading beauty experts to make it that much more special.
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Jocelyn Petroni, leading nail expert
The best way to heal, hydrate and protect your nails is to massage oil directly into your nail bed and cuticles. Olive oil absorbs into the nail bed where its high oleic acid content deeply nourishes and soothes the nail plate and cuticles.
I like to massage olive oil into my hands and nails whilst cooking dinner at night. If your nails are particularly weak and flaky, now is a great time to be using a penetrating nail hardener like Mavala’s Scientifique K+ to strengthen the tip of the nail.
Self-care means giving yourself permission to rest as you need, including that afternoon nap.
To ensure it doesn’t impede on your sleep, follow my perfect nap plan:
- Keep it short (less than 30 minutes)
- Keep it dark (wear an eye mask)
- Keep it early (start before 3:30pm).
Yadira Cauchi, Dermal therapist and beauty journalist at Adore Beauty
As a time-poor mum of three, the early morning, before my family gets up, is really the only time I have for ‘self care’. Hence why I’m a big fan of a pre makeup hydrating face mask, which I love to do while I have my morning coffee.
A hydrated base just makes your makeup look better too – even if you just do a barely there WFH makeup look. I have used Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré for years and it’s one of my favourite multipurpose skincare products to prep my skin with. Honestly, it’s a very lush, affordable way to add a little self care into your routine in the morning (as well as liven up sleep deprived or dehydrated skin.)
Natalie Ferrari, Founder of The Parlour Room
Moisturise, exfoliate and moisturise again! Skin is the body’s largest organ so it’s important we look after it and especially in winter, when we’re wearing tights and long sleeves all day, it can be easy to neglect.
I like to moisturise in the morning and evening, and then use an oil-based body wash in the shower for extra hydration.
Georgia Hull, Hair & Makeup Artist
Cold water tightens and constricts blood flow to the exposed area and provides skin with better protection from free radicals & pollution, giving your skin a healthier glow. I practise cold showers in the morning, followed by a Gua Sha facial massage loaded with my favourite serum from Dr Natasha Cook “Concentrated Illuminator”. To warm the rest of my body back up, I follow with a deep massage using an antioxidant rich oil to hydrate & nourish my skin.
Good skin starts from within, so increase the diversity of plant foods in your diet. This increases the intake of vitamins, minerals, different fibres, prebiotics and polyphenols all of which are important for healthy glowing skin and gut microbe diversity.
Aim to eat at least 30 different types of plant foods a week including different fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.
Amanda Ramsay, Makeup Artist
One of my key makeup tips to lift your spirits during lockdown is to add a pump of your liquid highlighter to your moisturiser, BB Cream or foundation for beautifully radiant skin. Finish with a nourishing hydrating tinted lip balm.