In the era of staying home and missing your favorite spa services, there is no better time to amp up your home beauty routine. Break out all the face masks and tools that have accumulated in your bathroom drawer, and commit to your skincare routine. When the world eventually returns, your new healthy habits will hopefully be here to stay. As a self declared skin care junkie, I am always diligent with my routine. However, there are a few practices I had been slacking on. I have used my extra free time to recommit to these practices…and it feels great!
Start dry brushing
Dry brushing is a classic Ayurvedic ritual that involves brushing your body with a bristled brush…which you can score at trusty Walmart for $7.00. No excuses! Benefits include increased circulation, removes dead skin cells, resulting in smoother skin, and reduces cellulite when done regularly. My forever favorite former Victoria Secret model, Miranda Kerr, declared dry brushing as a life changing addition to her beauty routine. I’m sold! It takes so little time, and actually feels really nice. For me the key was simply getting back in the routine of dry brushing regularly. Now is the time! I leave it out on my bathroom counter, (seeing it right there is always helpful), and brush my full body down before showering.
On that soft skin note, I discovered an amazing body scrub. A product that delivers results after just one use is hard to come by, and this baby is one of those gems. I sometimes struggle with tiny little bumps on my legs…possibly from shaving? Who knows. No biggie, but still annoying. First Aid Beauties bump eraser body scrub is an exfoliator that sweeps away dry, rough bumps to reveal crazy smooth skin. Glycolic and Lactic Acids help loosen skin’s top layer and decongest pores. I could not believe how smooth my skin felt after ONE use. Those stubborn little bumps…GONE. Amazing! This clean formulation is allergy tested, safe for sensitive skin, and fragrance free. First Aid Beauty is a great line of clean products packed with amazing ingredients.
Commit to Jade Rolling
You probably have one…and it’s possibly collecting dust in your bathroom cabinet. Jade rolling, much like dry brushing, is inexpensive, takes very little time to do, and feels great! I love the practice, (check out my past post Weird Beauty Hacks that Work for more deets), yet I had been guilty of neglecting it. Until the Quarantine! The benefits of using a jade roller to give yourself a facial massage include improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, leaving your skin glowing and less puffy. My favorite way to use my roller is to first apply a sheet mask, then massage the mask in with the roller. I keep mine in the fridge or freezer…major de-puffing magic! What a relaxing ritual to enjoy while you catch up with your favorite housewives.
Shave your face
This is one of my MVP skincare steps that again costs almost nothing, and hooks up instant results. Unlike the previous two rituals, this is one that once I started, I never ever stopped. If you are reading this thinking….girlfriend I don’t have hair on my face….sorry sis, you do. I have light fine hair but even still, removing that peach fuzz makes a major difference. Shaving your face provides deep exfoliation, allowing your precious products to penetrate deeper, and work more effectively. Also your makeup will go on silky smooth. If you have ever treated yourself to a dermaplaning treatment at a Medspa, this is essentially the DIY version. Make sure you have great light, and use a gentle razor like Tinkles to get the job done. Afterwards be sure to apply a gentle moisturizer.
Grow out your Eyebrows. Then tint them yourself!
Don’t touch the tweezers, the first step to growing out your eyebrows is to let them do their thing. If you have thin brows and are looking for some serious growth, use a quality serum like Grande Brow or NeuBrow. A great serum is a beauty investment, but takes just a few seconds to apply before bed, and in time, WILL work! I have been using and loving a lash and brow oil from local Chicago gem, Scratch goods. Castor Oil is another great option to nourish your brows with that is also affordable, and that you just may already have tucked in a drawer somewhere!. Same rules apply for lashes…give them some love with a quick serum swipe before bed. I love GrandeLash!
I adore my regular visits to Benefit for a brow tint. Such an efficient service! Makes a major difference. Obviously a trip to the darling Benefit brow counter is not an option right now, so I decided to get crazy and try it myself. I figured, if it’s a bust, only my husband and cat have to look at me. I ordered this Tint Kit on Amazon, likely one night after too much boxed wine. The expectations were low. But hot damn, smash success! So easy to use, and $20…less than the price of ONE tint at Benefit or any spa… scores you TWENTY applications! No brainer price wise, and there is something so satisfying about making the magic happen yourself.
Give your nails some TLC, clean your makeup brushes, floss your teeth, and nourish your lips.
Like most basic babes, I love a good no chip mani. However, taking a break from polish has made my nails so healthy and happy. I recommend massaging a cuticle oil ontoyour nails and toes every night. I am loyal to the nail oil from local Chicago gem, Mojo spa.
Floss your sparkly smile. Cocofloss is a bougee brand of floss that I scored in a beauty event gift bag, and I have been hooked ever since. It is so amazing, it makes me actually look forward to flossing! Afterwards treat your lips to Laneige lip sleeping mask. You will wake up with silky smooth lips! I love this product so very much I don’t limit it to just a sleeping mask…I use it as a luxury lip gloss at any given time of the day.
Don’t use skanky towels on your precious face.
This self care situation seems basic, but is easy to slack on. We spend all this time cleansing our lovely faces…but are we grabbing a towel off the floor, that your boo potentially just dried his booty off with? Ew. I snagged an inexpensive bundle of great little hand towels, and rolled them up into a cute little basket to keep by the bathroom sink, so I never slack. Highly recommend!
Give your luscious locks a break from heat, and bring on the deep conditioning love.
There is no better time to give your locks a break from damaging heat tools. Take a break from your blow dryer and curling irons, and step away from the dry shampoo. Genius product, but it is also very drying. I have not touched the stuff since the Quarantine started, and my hair is thanking me! For shampoo and conditioner, I have been using and loving Fekkai products. Once a week I use Briogeo Scalp Revival exfoliating shampoo. This baby is a best of beauty Allure winner for a reason. Vegan and cruelty-free, this unique shampoo draws impurities from hair follicles to hook up optimal scalp health. The magical formula is a blend of peppermint and spearmint oils that reduces scalp irritation and inflammation…and it feels tingly and refreshing! Seal the healthy hair deal by tossing a scalp massager in your shower, and use it to massage your conditioner in.
Extra hair love credit:
No matter how diligent you are about being careful detangling your locks post shower, it is always a dicey situation. I am crazy about the IGK hairline. I have been spraying their Thirsty Girl leave-in conditioner after shower or just whenever I want to give my hair a little extra love. So good. Another cult favorite of the beauty girls that I have jumped on board with is Oraplex hair perfector No.3. You apply it to your hair and let the goodness soak in for 1o minutes or so before showering and wows….another product that delivers rad results after one use. It restores your hair’s healthy appearance and texture by reducing breakage and protecting hair structure. Even my hubs noticed my hair felt so silky smooth! You gotta pay to play at $56 a bottle, but you only need to use it once a week, and it is sooo worth is! The last hair gem I recently discovered is ColorWow dreamcoat. You apply it before drying your hair, (ok so yes you are allowed to dry your hair from time to time), and it works as a protector, and tightens hair strands, leaving your locks silky smooth. The wonderful effects last through 3 to 4 shampoos. In the current quarantine situation, I have been using it about once a week and my hair feels better than ever.
Stay home, stay safe, and stay fabulous!