A little self-care can go a long way when the world is collapsing before our very, very tired eyes. And while you may be stuck working from home (if you’re one of the more fortunate ones during these grim, pandemic times), there are plenty of beauty treatments you can do from the comfort of your office chair. For suggestions, I reached out to holistic esthetician Dana Murray. Here are her favorite at-home beauty treatments.
Wearing Face Masks
Sheet masks are designed to moisturize, while paste-like masks often serve the opposite purpose and can help to combat acne. You only need to wear them for about 15 minutes at a time, so they make for a great beauty treatment while you bash away at your keyboard. But if you do wear one, remember to take it off before joining any Zoom meetings.
If you want to try someone more outside the box, Murray says, “LED light therapy masks are good, too. Red is good for anti-aging, and blue is good for acne and redness.” But be warned: These can be much more pricey than your average sheet or paste-based mask.
Wearing Under-Eye and Lip Masks
If the state of things has deep bags forming under your eyes, wearing an eye mask can reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles, thanks to plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides. If your puffiness refuses to go away, Murray says ice rollers and ice masks can help, too. And if you want lips to match, lip masks can smoothen and soften your smackers for peak kissableness.
Wearing Hair Masks
If your locks are too damaged and frizzy for basic conditioners to handle, hair masks can help — and you can make them at home. For the best results, Murray suggests wrapping your head in a hot towel or shower cap after applying the mask so it can penetrate deep into your strands. Leave it on for about half an hour before rinsing, and your hair should be soft as ever.
Applying Foot Peels and Creams
Foot peels work wonders when your feet are rough and calloused. (Just try not to puke when you realize how much dead skin was stuck between your toes.) Once the peel does its job, Murray suggests applying a rich cream, then putting socks on to help it absorb into your skin.
Using Whitening Strips and Oil Pulling
Whitening strips are one of the easiest ways to whiten your teeth and can obviously be worn while working from home. Oil pulling, meanwhile, is an ancient practice that involves swishing oil — usually coconut oil — in your mouth for about 15 minutes to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene. Science says it may reduce your risk of bad breath, cavities and gingivitis. However, you still need to brush, floss and visit your dentist. Also, don’t spit any oil down the drain, because the fat may end up clogging your pipes.
Painting Your Nails
“You can also paint your finger or toenails, since you’ll be sitting at your desk and have the opportunity to dry them without getting messed up,” Murray says. Good point!
Hope that gives you some ideas, and if the world does go down, hey, at least you’ll look and feel your best when it happens.