As we enter our 7th week in lockdown, it’s important to take the time to look after ourselves. Our busy lives have come to an unexpected halt and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by this pandemic.

Many of us might find ourselves at something of a loose end. To help add structure and use your spare time mindfully, we have listed at home self-care tips that you can do.

Face

Tailor the types of products you use to match your skin type. What works for others might not work best for you.

The 3 main steps to your face care routine should include a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. You can expand on these steps by adding other treatments such as spot creams and eye serums. Skincare experts recommend using SPF daily so try include this in your moisturiser or foundation.

Here are a few of our favourite skincare products that you can order online or purchase from Menarys, Bangor once it has re-opened.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - available for oily, dry and combination skin types

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream SPF15

Clinique Clarifying Lotion

Clinique iD - create a custom moisturiser for your skin

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

Benefit Smooth It Off! Cleansing Exfoliator

Face masks are a great way to hydrate your skin and help combat blemishes. You don’t need to spend lots of money on face masks, you could try making your own from ingredients you can find in your house. Elle has put together DIY face mask recipes from ingredients hiding in your kitchen cupboard.

Hair


Unless you are lucky enough to have a hairdresser living with you then most of us won’t have had our hair done in months. These tips will help keep your hair in the best condition possible for returning to your hairdresser.

Give your hair a break from the heating tools! Try to avoid using your hairdryer, straighteners or curlers and embrace your natural hairstyle.

For all of the blondes out there, it’s tempting to give the home bleach kits a go but try not to as it might cost you more in the long run to fix any problems. Keep your brassy tones at bay by using silver shampoo once or twice a week.

If you have frizzy hair, add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. Apple cider vinegar is packed with nutrients such as vitamin A and C which helps tame frizzy hair.

Level up your conditioning treatments. There are loads of hair conditioning treatments available to buy online and from the big supermarkets. Taking the time to give your hair a deep condition can prevent split ends, reduce breakages and improve your hair shine.


Body


Make use of the government’s recommended daily exercise and get some fresh air. Going for a walk can improve your mood and boost your immune system. Our bodies also create vitamin D when exposed to sunlight which helps reduce depression and is needed to keep our bones and muscles healthy.

Since gyms have closed we have seen an increase in the demand for online exercise classes. There are loads of platforms offering a wide range of different online classes, mostly for free.

Start by searching on YouTube for your preferred workout class. There will be thousands of free workout videos to choose from. Keep an eye on Ards and North Down Borough Council Facebook page as they release a weekly ‘exercise at home’ resource document!

Many of us have been struggling to get to sleep since the start of the pandemic as our normal routines changed. With our minds full of worries for the future we can find ourselves lying wide awake at night.

Experts recommend getting around 8 hours of sleep and try to focus on sleep quality over quantity. Write down a daily schedule for yourself that includes your wake-up time, wind-down time and your bedtime.

During your wind-down period take the time to relax and do activities such as light reading, stretching and meditating.

As tempting as a nap can be, try to avoid them. It’s best to avoid naps later in the day as this can hinder your sleep at bedtime.


Nails


Similar to our hair, many of us will not have visited a nail salon in months. Just because we can’t go to the nail salon doesn’t mean we can’t have nice nails. There is a range of manicure kits available online to buy or a simple coat of nail polish will keep your nails looking fresh.

Apply cuticle oil daily as it helps to stimulate nail growth while repairing any damage or dryness.

Keep your hands moisturised! The skin around our hands will inevitably become drier as we are all washing our hands more often to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Use a hand moisturiser regularly such as this hand and nail treatment cream from Clarins. This cream is great for strengthening your hands and nails.

In stressful or uncertain times it’s more important than ever to look after your own physical and mental health. A little bit of self-care can go a long way to making you and your loved ones feel better.

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