8 tips to help ensure you are feeling confident and beautiful during the pandemic
The pandemic has been hard on everyone and for many, their mental health has been impacted dramatically. There are several ways to feel better during today’s challenging times: sleeping well, eating healthy, and concentrating on your mental health. But whilst beauty may only be skin deep, looking good can definitely boost your mood and make you feel better about yourself. Let’s be clear, at Healthy Life Essex we believe in natural wellbeing, so we are not talking about high maintenance ‘procedures’ here. So, here are our 8 tips to help ensure you are feeling confident and beautiful during the pandemic
As lockdown rules are being relaxed, many of you may be rushing off to the hairdressers and nail salons as soon as possible. Maybe you already have an appointment booked? But many others have realised you can adopt a more low-key but nonetheless effective approach to your beauty routines whilst still feeling confident and beautiful.
Many people are definitely not in a rush to go out into public environments. So, what are the options?
Take care of your hair
For many men and women, their growing locks during the pandemic made it obvious that a visit to the hairdresser was just a distant memory… But even without being cut and styled by a professional, it is important to keep your hair clean and healthy.
However, experts say that, in most cases, we should not wash our hair every day as it strips away the natural oils. The curlier your hair, the longer you can go between washes.
Heat is also damaging and so, if possible, allow your hair to dry naturally.
When buying shampoo and/or conditioners, do read the labels and ensure you are purchasing something appropriate for your hair type and, as much as possible, choose natural and organic products.
A great haircut will certainly help to keep your hair looking at its best, and yet many people have discovered that they can cut their own and/or children’s, parent’s, or partner’s hair at home.
A good pair of proper hairdressing scissors is worth investing in and, like most things these days, you can find ScissorTech.co.uk: professional hairdressing scissors UK online. And, of course, watch a YouTube video or two to describe how to do it:
Take care of your skin
This is a must at all times. However, during hard times, it is especially important to keep your skin clean and moisturised to avoid new breakouts and irritations. Try out oil-based cleansers that will remove dirt and excess oil from your face. When choosing a moisturiser, go for a gel or cream formula as they are less oily and lighter than the regular ones, thus, better for oily and acne-prone skin.
Or why not try looking in your kitchen cupboards to find some natural ingredients for healthy skin.
Pamper yourself with a massage
This is simple – it can be any type of massage, as long as it relaxes you. Get yourself a high-quality massage oil with essential oils that will help your skin, hair, and overall mental health.
You can also make your own oil mix from essential oils you already have in your house or buy some online. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to restore balance and improve health.
Give yourself a manicure
Until you are ready to pay a visit to a nail salon, keep your nails fairly short and well-shaped and, if you want to use nail varnish, choose natural colours or even clear options.
Make sure you keep your nails clean and moisturised. Nails are one of the first things to show signs of dehydration and other skin problems. The best way to moisturise your nails and hands is with an organic moisturiser that will make them healthier and stronger.
Do some research on makeup
During these challenging times, women often want to go for a more natural look to emphasise their beauty. But there is a world of difference between a natural look that keeps you feeling confident and beautiful and a natural look that is just – well – one that evidences you clearly have not bothered!
Read makeup tutorials online and learn how to apply products the right way so that they look natural and fresh. Do not go for artificial colours – instead, try to concentrate on the makeup’s texture and correct application, instead of colour choices. You can use this time to discover new ways to wear makeup that match your everyday natural look.
Try new beauty treatments at home
Looking good does not have to be expensive. If you are having a bad day or night, pamper yourself with some easy beauty treatments at home – for instance, you can try waxing or threading, which does not cost a lot but still looks great on your face and body.
Try homemade face masks that will make your skin look brighter and healthier than ever before. This is a fantastic selection of spa-worthy face masks you could make yourself.
Look into new cleansing and moisturising products
When you want to pamper yourself with beautiful skin, look for products that are super light in texture but multi-functional so that you get more than one thing in one product (cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer). This will get you the best results while keeping your costs low.
Moisturisers are key at all times but especially during cold winter months – they will keep your skin hydrated so it won’t get dry and crackly during wintertime. Make sure you choose a lightweight cream formula instead of thicker creams that will clog pores and cause dryness instead of fixing it.
Look for new outfits to wear during the day
Many people have opted out of wearing nice clothes during the day. How many times have you seen or heard of people on zoom calls still wearing their PJs? While the idea might seem appealing, it really is not a healthy approach to feeling confident and beautiful.
But there is no need to rush out and buy new clothes. Now is a really good time to check out your wardrobe and work out some new outfits from what you already have.
If you really don’t think you will ever wear something again, bag it up ready to deliver to a charity shop when they re-open. Decluttering is always a good way to help you feel better.
But you’ll be surprised just how you might be able to get a new look just by mixing and matching the clothes you already have.
As a good starting point for a functional wardrobe, opt for solid colour outfits in basic styles such as shirts and pants – this way you will have an easy time matching different items of clothing without having to think too much about it while also keeping your outfit bright and colourful enough, so it won’t make you sad even when you’re not feeling that great at the moment.