Lockdown beauty hacks: The experts on five skincare cries for help and how to fix them
What to do when we're socially distancing from all the places that make us look - and feel - good.
Body+Soul speaks to the skincare experts on how to create your own salon experience from the comfort of your home.
Help! The pandemic’s sweeping lockdowns have left many of us to our own devices when it comes skincare and beauty. We're dying our hair in the sink, haphazardly tweezing our moustaches and trying to contour with fake tan ... and for a lot of us, it's not ending well.
Let’s just say all manner of beauty mishaps and mayhem have ensued while we’ve been separated from our trusted beauticians and clinicians.
The truth is, in this overwhelming, emotional and stressful time, we’ve never needed our dermatologists, eyebrow magicians and nail angels more.
Top of the list in our cries for help? Our skin.
“It’s common knowledge that stressed out skin is an outward sign of internal stress," says Dr Janet Mason is Head of New Product Development at Q+A. "Studies have shown a strong link between increased cortisol (the stress hormone) level and inflammation and suggest that high levels of stress can impact your skin function too.”
Adds Shoshana Eisner, pharmacist and QED Skincare founder; "Stress can cause our skin to go bonkers. Spending a lot of time indoors, with the heating on, dries our skin. For those of us stuck at home or “working” from home, there are some skin opportunities to be grabbed with both hands."
So, if you’ve been dealing with lacklustre lockdown skin, look no further. We’ve gone straight to some of Australia’s most revered skincare experts to get their tips on how to S.O.S (Save Our Skin) now.
How can I use lockdown as an opportunity to give my skin a general glow-up?
Use microfibre cloths to recreate that salon experience at home
“A professional hack for home treatments include having a pile of soft, clean microfibre cloths to use in your treatment," says Shoshana Eisner, pharmacist and QED Skincare founder. "Roll them up and soak them in a bowl of steaming, hot water immediately before use. Before rinsing masks etc, smooth the steaming (wrung out) cloth over your face and press it in until it cools. Breathe deeply. This will force the beneficial ingredients of the mask into your skin as well as making it easier to remove. To speed absorption of a face oil, you can do the same thing (just don’t wipe)."