Sometimes, staying in is far preferable to venturing out. But if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean you have to neglect a beauty routine entirely. In fact, there are plenty of beauty treatments you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
On a night in, there’s nothing more pleasant than doing a hair mask. They feel productive, as if you’re achieving something, yet still relaxing (because you can do them while simultaneously watching old episodes of The Simpsons.) My favorites are ones that undo the damage caused by bleach and heat, giving hair a baby-soft, brand-new feel. The Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is obviously one of the best out there, as it actually fills in damaged hair bonds and repairs the shaft from the inside out. Apply to shampooed, towel-dried hair, sleep, then rinse out for what feels like a brand new ‘do.
If you’re on a tighter budget, though, the Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask is totally incredible. It can be purchased from Amazon for around a tenner, and comes in the most gigantic tub I’ve ever seen outside of the hairdressers. Slap on a handful, leave for as long as you fancy (five minutes to an hour works wonders) and rinse. My only complaint is the scent (quite chemically), but for this price, I’m willing to put up with it.
Both masks can be followed with the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil as the hair dries to maximize impact and add shine. Who needs a trip to the salon?
Looking after your skin at home can be similarly therapeutic – and choosing products that offer immediate results feels super satisfying. For an uber-fast turnaround, the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is hard to beat. A few minutes of this leaves the complexion feeling smoothed, softened, and looking glowy as hell.
Another great option is the Filorga Scrub & Detox Exfoliator. This product is weird but wonderful – going on as a smoky-grey goo, then balling up on the skin to exfoliate while also drawing out impurities. Afterward, you look like you’ve just had a facial.
Slightly slower (but no less impressive in results) is the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni. Of any nonprescription retinol I’ve tried, this might be the strongest. It does mean you’ll go through a small amount of peeling, but the fresh new skin revealed is totally worth it.
You can speed up the process with the Stratia Liquid Gold – my new favorite moisturizer. It gives intense hydration without feeling heavy or greasy. But you can be sure any dry patches will be magically disappeared by morning.
If you’re in the full at-home spa spirit, why not treat your bod, too? Start with a vigorous rub down with a body brush, which gets the blood pumping, then exfoliate with the Emulsion Cream Scrub Base to slough off any dead skin. I’m partial to using this time to shave my legs with any old razor, which takes off hair while also smoothing skin and giving a baby-soft feel. Hydrate all over with the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, which leaves you feeling soft as a cloud.
An at-home mani-pedi can also be a great way to spend an evening. If you’re planning ahead, I’m absolutely obsessed with the Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel, which is basically an acid facial for your feet. Apply a week before any big events, then watch your dead skin peel away like scales. Gross, but satisfying.
If you’d rather just make your hands and feet look nice in the hear and now, though, nothing really beats a lick of paint. The new Essie Expressie Nail Polishes are absolutely amazing – incredible (and unusual) shades, great, quick-drying formula, and a flat brush to minimize mistakes. Another current fave are the J Hannah Nail Polishes, which offer some of the coolest colors out there. Eames, a muted chartreuse, is my absolute go-to. To keep cuticles and soles looking as cute as possible, repeated application of the SVR Xerial 50 cream is key.
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