Mary has written several beauty articles and often provides personally tested tips in addition to those she researches.
“Lockdown” has to be one of the defining words for 2020, not forgetting the bigger “Covid-19,” of course. So many of us have been forced to sit still and face ourselves as our routines fly out the window. Work and play have taken on new meanings, and yes, beauty too.
A friend called me up a few months into the lockdown here and asked to know what beauty tips I was swearing by these days. Her hair was a mess and it was falling off. She couldn’t go to the salon to get it treated so she tried out something she saw on YouTube. Sadly, her hair began to fall off.
Another friend complained about how she couldn’t keep up with her beauty regimen during the lockdown. It got me thinking how so many other women might be going through the same thing, especially some of us with sensitive skin.
But besides the benefit of making sure we don’t look like a mess, I’ve found that focusing on your beauty regimen also boosts mental health. Holding on to some form of normalcy is good for the mind in uncertain and scary times such as these.
Fortunately, there are creative beauty tips you can try out for specific parts of your body.
One good thing that’s come out of the pandemic is the consciousness of hand-washing. However, this can affect the skin on the other side of your palm. You may begin to notice cracks or dry skin.
What you can do: wash your hands with mild soap and room temperature water. Pat your hands dry with a towel and work a moisturizer into its skin.
When you’re about to sleep, use thick moisturizers on your hands and, when you can, wear cotton gloves so your hands can absorb the moisturizer.
If you consistently blow-dry, curl or straighten your hair, it will break easily; the weather can also affect your hair (summer heat and sweat).
What you can do: wash your hair with shampoo 2 to 3 times a week. Use a conditioner before applying any good hair serum of your choice. Use a cotton T-shirt or micro-fiber towel to pat your hair dry as this will prevent hair breakage. Deep condition your hair once a week to strengthen your hair follicles. Oil your hair but clean it up after a few hours to prevent scalp irritation.
Do you buy products just because the label says it’s a natural product? Please don’t.
As important as the feet are, they are very easy to neglect for most of us. Staying at home for an extended period is the right time to focus on the feet.
What you can do: Soak your feet and wash them thoroughly. Pay attention to the space between your toes, using a brush or your fingers to wash the area; smooth out the calluses with a foot file. Don’t forget to trim your nails and file the edges of the nail. Before going to bed, use a moisturizer for your feet and wear cotton socks so your skin absorbs the moisturizer.
You don’t need to get to the spa to rejuvenate your skin. There are a few things you can do on your own.
What to do: take your bath daily. If you’re using sunscreen, use a cleanser twice so you can get rid of every layer of sunscreen on your face. If your skin feels tight after you’ve had your bath, don’t rush to your moisturizer just yet. Tight skin is a sign of dehydration so you need to take water. Drink at least 2 liters of water daily. If you have skin products with hyaluronic acid, use generously. If you don’t feel a need for a moisturizer, stay off it.
Do you buy products just because the label says it’s a natural product? Please don’t. Not every natural product is healthy. If you like trying out products, don’t rub it all over your skin immediately. Rub a little on a patch of your arm and watch how your skin responds before you rub it on other parts of your skin.
Try using sunscreen as much as you can. It’s an effective way to ward off wrinkles, pigmentation, spots, and skin cancer. Use it even if you’re in the house all day because ultraviolet rays can still come in through the windows. Opt for a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.
In conclusion, physical activity is important. It helps your mental health, mind, and body and it leads to good metabolism. Take walks, stretch out your body, spend some time going up and down the stairs, dance, jump, and do anything that keeps your body moving.
Here’s to better days ahead!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.