We’re living in weird times right now. The threat of COVID-19 is real, and it’s important that we act collectively and responsibly to slow the spread (or flatten the curve). A lot of us might find ourselves working from home, and while the reasoning behind it isn’t great, it’s still important to treat it as a chance to slow down, unwind and look after ourselves. Beauty is a great form of escapism, so if you’re finding yourself in need of a little R&R, look to the below for a roundup of the best at-home beauty treatments that won’t interrupt your social distancing. There’s professional grade tools, pimple killers, healing face masks and a DIY option to replace your weekly spray tan. So hunker down (but don’t over-shop), wear something with an elastic waist and indulge in a little bit of what’s below. You probably deserve it.
Zitsticka Killa Kit, $48. SHOP NOW
You can’t go into the office with a small micro-dart patch on your face (unless you’re this editor, who often does), but you can work from the couch in one. Designed to treat early stage pimples, these patches are an updated take on hydrocolloid bandages, those tiny wound dressings you can buy for blisters. Zitsticka uses tiny micro-darts to slightly pierce the skin and deliver a hit of niacinamide, salicylic and hyaluronic acid to dissolve a blemish at its source. Apply to clean skin (use the provided swab first) and leave on for at least two hours. When you remove, the pimple will be significantly smaller, if not completely gone. Call it magic, but these truly work.
NuFace Trinity Device, $507. SHOP NOW
The NuFace is one of the best at-home treatment products money can buy and while it’s not cheap per se, it’s a great investment for anyone who takes skincare seriously. It’s a non-invasive microcurrent tool that stimulates deeper facial muscles to lift and firm, carving out sharper contours and a more sculpted complexion. While results are instant, extended use will only improve things long term.
Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care, $165. SHOP NOW
You could go out for a spray tan, OR you could achieve an even, glowy result at home using the newly-launched Sisley Hydrating Body Self Tan. The light cream glides over skin easily, without leaving sticky residue or a giveaway tan smell. The finish is light and luminous – perfect for a natural, subtle glow. Apply to dry skin using the mitt provided, and top up every few days if you don’t want it to fade.
The Body Shop Cactus Long Handle Brush, $19. SHOP NOW
Dry body brushing is often on the list of “stuff I’ll start doing in the new year” that doesn’t really stick past February. Make use of extra time at home by incorporating it into your morning routine. Use firm upward strokes towards the heart, working in circular motions and concentrating on areas like the bottom and thighs. Finish with a cool shower and a slather of natural body oil. Gwyneth who?
Ultraceuticals Ultra Replenishing Mask, $78. SHOP NOW
Answering emails is a lot better when done from the lounge in a face mask, namely Ultraceuticals Ultra Replenishing Mask. Spiked with hyaluronic acid, shea butter and ceramides, it’s the perfect mask to slather on when skin is feeling dry, dehydrated or irritated (or post procedure). It’s relatively clear on application, so if any unscheduled video chats pop up, you won’t be caught in the act.
1111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Mask, $208. SHOP NOW
Designed for under the eyes, crows feet, and folds around the mouth and nose, these patches involve 150 individual cones of hyaluronic acid and vitamin c each. When pressed into the skin, the ingredients burst open and travel beyond the superficial layers, resulting in a smoother, plumper, more youthful skin. And you didn’t even have to take your pyjamas off. Beauty, ain’t it grand?
Mount Lai The Jade Massage Comb, $86. SHOP NOW
While there is no replacement for the firm grip of your hair stylist as she rigorously massages your scalp, there is this pure jade hair comb you can purchase at Sephora, and it comes a close second. Hand carved and extremely luxurious, 15 minutes spent combing your conditioner through with this (paying special attention to tense areas) is 15 minutes well spent.