During a global pandemic, it’s difficult to accept that things are out of your control. After all, you’re being advised against doing activities that you enjoy, such as travelling abroad and spending time with friends and family.
However, what you can control is how you’re looking after yourself and seeing yourself through these unprecedented times.
Whether you’ve got already got some self care ideas down or you’re seriously in need of some inspiration, here’s how to pamper yourself at home so you can look and feel fabulous, no matter what’s going on outside your door.
1. Wash Your Hair
How to pamper yourself at home 101: get that hurr clean.
We know it sounds simple, but it’s amazing just how much a good shampoo and conditioner can take you from a greasy to golden goddess in a heartbeat.
You could even treat especially dry tresses to a bit of nourishment with a hair mask, such as The Body Shop’s Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask (*). Not only does product this smell amazing, but it leaves your locks feeling smooth and looking shiny.
Did someone say “new woman”?
2. Put On Some Relaxing Music
Why? Well, the slower tempo can simultaneously quiet your mind while relaxing your muscles. Win-win.
3. Take a Long, Warm Bubble Bath
One of my old favourites in terms of how to pamper yourself at home is taking a long, warm bath (with tons of bubbles!).
We’re a fan of adding Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak (*) to ours. It’s packed with therapeutic birch, juniper, clove, alpine lavender, wild thyme and chamomile to soothe overworked, tired and aching muscles.
In fact, if you use this and then take in reading materials and light some candles, we wouldn’t blame you if you decide to spend an entire evening in your bathroom. Bring on the wrinkled, prune-like skin!
4. Groom Yourself
If you’re feeling rather “bleurgh” and want a quick fix, get out your razor/waxing strips/tweezers and prepare to shave/wax/pluck yourself to perfection.
Even if you’ve got nowhere to be, grooming maintenance is an essential part of womanhood. Therefore, taking some time to transform yourself into a baby seal somehow makes you feel better if you’re having a bad day.
We can’t exactly explain it, but it just works. Try it.
5. Wear Your Comfiest Clothes
There’s nothing better than throwing on your comfiest clothes, pyjamas or onesie after you’ve had a long, warm bubble bath and finished grooming yourself. It’s like receiving a warm hug from a loved one, even if you’re alone in the house.
At the moment, we’re having a loungewear love affair (teamed with fluffy socks, of course). And we’re not even sorry.
6. Light Candles
If you want to create a peaceful ambience in your home for your self love session, why not light some candles? Known for their soothing, healing properties, this simple act will make you feel like you’re back in your beauty therapist’s room.
Not only do candles have the loveliest glow that eases the mind, but they also tend to fill your home with gorgeous, long-lasting smells. Bliss.
7. Give Yourself a Facial
The best way to pretend you’re in your local spa (and not at home) is to give yourself a makeshift facial:
- Massage your face with a cleansing oil, such as Super Facialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil (*), and pat yourself dry
- Apply your favourite cleanser to the face, neck and underneath your chin and rinse with warm water
- Exfoliate all over with a small amount of product, such as Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant (*)
- Apply a replenishing mask for 10-15 minutes, such as Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque (*), and remove it with a warm damp flannel
- Moisturise with Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream (*) to give yourself a dewy glow
If you follow these steps, you can kiss goodbye to any dryness and dullness, and instead say hello to brighter, hydrated and smoother skin.
8. Give Yourself a Manicure
One of the most straightforward methods in terms of how to pamper yourself at home is to give yourself a manicure.
Use the H&S Nail Kit in accordance with the below steps:
- Get rid of any existing polish with acetone or nail polish remover
- Shape your nails with a nail file
- Smooth the tops and sides with a buffer to create an even surface
- Soak your nails in a bowl of warm water and a bit of your gentle face cleanser for 2-3 minutes
- Use a cuticle pusher to remove excess cuticle and callouses around the nail
- Paint nails in layers
- Apply a quick-drying top coat (*) to lock colour in place
- Moisturise your nails with any nourishing body or hand cream
Personally, we’re loving spring hues like lilac, baby pink and mint green for nails right now. WBU?
9. Give Yourself a Pedicure
In addition to a home manicure, you could also give yourself a home pedicure when you’re unable to make it to the salon or you simply don’t have the funds.
Use the same kit we mentioned previously and follow these steps:
- Remove existing nail polish with a cotton pad, acetone and/or nail polish remover
- Soak your feet in a tub with warm water and soap or body wash for 15 minutes
- Get rid of dead skin from calloused, hard areas with a foot file (*)
- File and shape your toenails using clippers and a nail file
- Apply cuticle oil (*) at the base of every toenail to prevent your polish from chipping
- Moisturise your feet with your usual body moisturiser
- Use toe separators (*) to make the toe-painting process easier
- Apply nail polish
- Finish with a quick-drying top coat
Oh, and if you’re worried about chipping your toes straight away (shoutout to fellow clumsy friends), you could keep your separators on for a while as you potter around the house.
10. Read a Good Book
Finally, self care doesn’t just relate to your beauty routine. It also relates to how you’re looking after yourself in all aspects of life.
To look after your mind and give your brain some exercise, try reading a good book.
We’re suckers for curling up with some reading material at the end of our weekly self care routines. In fact, whether you’re a regular reader or haven’t read a book for years, we’d recommend the following page-turners:
- The Harry Potter Series (*) by J.K. Rowling
- The Hunger Games Series (*) by Suzanne Collins
- This is Going to Hurt (*) by Adam Kay
- Gone Girl (*) by Gillian Flynn
Check out more of our favourite books in this article about good summer reads. (Fleecy blanket optional.)
Remembering How to Pamper Yourself at Home
Oftentimes, life gets in the way and we can forget to take care of ourselves. That said, it’s important not to let that happen.
We realise it can be difficult to find the time or energy, but always remember that everybody deserves to be spoilt. And sometimes we have to be the ones who spoil ourselves.
What’s your favourite way to pamper yourself at home? Do you have any other self care tips?