If life serves you up lemons, you make lemonade. So, with home isolation still on the menu, why not turn some of this time into some personal home spa indulgence?
Most of us are used to having treatments and procedures in professional clinics to get our best results and jollies. Well, for now, that’s not possible, so consider using this at-home time to learn to treat yourself with as much care as you can muster, mentally, spiritually and physically.
The experts all agree on one thing, exercise is key to health and beauty. According to Dr David Kosenko, Vice President, CPCA (Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia), and owner at Impress Cosmetic Medicine explains, “Exercise is certainly being encouraged at the moment, as long as you’re following the physical distancing rules. The other thing that comes to mind – is there are news reports where they’ve said alcohol consumption has increased – and I don’t think that’s going to be helpful to anyone’s appearance or health!”
“It’s a great opportunity to look at your in-home skincare as a lot of places are still able to provide that. We provide mail service for people that need skincare. So despite the fact that you can’t have various treatments done, you can still go get your skincare at www.impresscosmeticmedicine.com.au/
While exercise tops the list for most wellness experts, so does sun sense. “The number one thing I’m recommending to people who are staying at home is to keep protecting your skin from the sun! So a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must,” explains Dermal Therapist Alicia Green from Hunter Plastic Surgery.
“I’d also recommend staying committed to the use of an A, B and C serum to help skin stay healthy despite the stress and probably drinking a little more alcohol than normal.”
“The great thing is that while clinics like ours are closed in terms of treatments” explains Alicia, “We offer online skincare purchases. This means there really is no excuse – not to keep up your normal routine!”
At-home skin treatments
Dry Brushing is one of the least hyped body treatments, possibly because it’s so simple. Invest in a quality, pure bristle body brush and away you go. The ideal time to dry brush is just before you shower or bathe. Try to stroke in the direction towards your heart and as briskly as you can handle. Removing dead skin is the first step to revealing new, bright skin.
Skin Peels, especially medically graded peels are naturally best left to the professionals. But, there’s now some great at-home peels available. Go for a peel that contains Glycolic acid – as that is a good all-rounder. But home peels are a whole other story (that we’ll cover here later) as there are so many great ones available for home use, but each offering different strengths and benefits.
Who doesn’t love a good face mask? Like skin peels, this market is absolutely booming. Most major brands have at least one disposable mask in their range, but with this product, you really do get what you pay for. Personally I’m loving the SOVOME Calm & Hydrate Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask sheets – the perfect DIY home treatment that’s easy to use, no mess, and leaves a brilliant hydrated complexion after 30 minutes of just lying there.
This one can be tricky. A friend rang me the other day and asked, should I just go grey? Well, guess what – I am! Embracing the grey goddess that I truly am and how great I am feeling about that! But its very much a personal choice for you to figure out for yourself and if you need to go and find some store bought, colour choice and give it a go. As for trims, again, that’s a personal choice, and while some hair salons are still operating, if you do choose to sit in a salon chair, consider wearing a mask, both for your safety and your hairdresser’s.
I love a bath. Not everyone does, but a bath for me is one of life’s indulgences. A bath can give you time to reflect, unwind, AND the benefit of opening your pores. Good old-fashioned Epsom Salts are a must, rich in magnesium, these salts really do work on physically relaxing your muscles, but most people don’t realise – you need to use about half a pack for a truly beneficial result. I also love a good Bath and Body Oil, a few drops of essential oil (eucalyptus is a big favourite at the moment and very timely!)
Let us know if you have any ISO tips, so we can share them with everyone.