From midnight on Thursday, South Africa is officially going into a 21-day lockdown to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that we are going to be cooped up inside (for our and our fellow citizens’ safety) for three whole weeks. This might sound like a long, boring and stressful time, but it is also the perf opportunity to detox, or upgrade, your beauty routine to make working from home a transformative period rather than a bleak one.
1 Skip the makeup
Sure, if you have loads of time on your hands and have ambitions of becoming the next social media makeup sensation then, by all means, do your daily face beat. BUT this is also a great opportunity to give your skin a break from being weighed down (and clogged up) with unnecessary cosmetics. In a pinch (like a video call), tinted moisturiser, a dab of cream blush and a few flicks of mascara will have you looking suitably presentable.
2 Skip the hair tools
Another thing that you can (and, if you’re anything like me, probably should) avoid for the next few weeks is using heated hair tools, such as straighteners, curling tongs and hairdryers). They can seriously fry your locks with regular use, so why not use this time to allow your strands to recover? I’ve started using a big clip to keep mine secured, and I don’t think I’m ever looking back, even after the lockdown has been lifted. Sorry literally everyone who has to look at me!
3 Skip the manicures
PSA: there is *no way* that anyone is going to be getting their nails did at a salon over the next 21 days (unless you have a nail tech in your family – lucky you!). While this is a good time to experiment with doing your own nails (I’m rocking a DIY two-tone mani RN) it is also wise to give your fingertips a bit of downtime. Might I suggest a protein-rich nail treatment instead? They give a glossy, polished shine but contain ingredients to improve the condition of your talons.
So what exactly can you do?
4 Pimp your bath
While we still need to be responsible when it comes to our water usage, we can *finally* have the occasional bath again, and we need them to relax now more than ever. Hot, steamy baths are known for their ability to relax tense muscles, and popping some mood-elevating essential oils or a bath bomb might be exactly what you need to soak away the social-isolation stress. Finish it off with some candles and a sprinkling of rose petals, and you’re good to go.
5 Do DIY masks
You may be one of those people who did this when you were a ‘young, dumb, broke high-school kid’ (and me) and this is the perfect time to get crafty in the kitchen again. DIY masks, both for your face and for your hair, are a great way to add some much-needed moisture and nourishment that you may be neglecting to give them ordinarily. Here are some recipes for a face mask and hair masks to get you feeling good ‘n pampered.
Be safe in solitary!
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