With the coronavirus ensuring many of us are confined to our homes, an opportunity arises for us to be a bit more experimental with our beauty regimes. And, while we encourage you to build up a bold look for that 10am Zoom call or whip out a glossy pout when your friends dial in on HouseParty, enforced solitude also offers the chance to trial a more potent skincare ingredient, to switch up the way we care for our hair or even just to give ourselves some downtime from our usual beauty routines. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for those curious to maximise quarantine conditions.
Introduce New Products Into Your Routine, Carefully
With more time on our hands the temptation could be to go full-throttle in using products that will “revolutionise” our routines and spend all our free time adding step after step to our skincare routine. Michaella Bolder, skincare expert and master facialist, however, advises we pace ourselves with new products, and especially those on the more potent side. “Spending more time at home doesn’t necessarily mean you should up your levels of exfoliation, but instead think about including an exfoliating step, two to three times a week followed by a masking session to ramp up your routine.” Michaella suggests adding in an acid that “can deliver an immediate smoother and glowing result especially if you are using an AHA or a BHA ingredient, but be cautious not to over use acids as they can cause skin sensitivity. Two to three times a week is sufficient” if you are keen to try something new, like these Dr Dennis Gross pads.