Self-care in the time of self-isolation

17 April, 2020

Homemade beauty products you can make from what’s in your kitchen

Staying safe at home is important for everyone right now. But it can be exhausting and stressful, with added pressures, changes in routine and generalised anxiety taking their toll on wellbeing. That’s why taking some time out for some self-care in the time of self-isolation is vital. This can look different for everyone, but if your idea of self-care is giving yourself some TLC via some beauty treatments, we’ve got you covered with some easy DIY ideas you can put together from what’s already in your fridge and pantry, or with a quick trip to Woolworths when you are doing your weekly shop.

Masks for all skin types

Sitting back and taking half an hour to relax with a good book while a face mask does its thing is a great way to unwind and let your cortisol levels drop during times of stress. The great news is that face masks don’t have to be expensive either. You can get a range of ready to go options in your weekly shop at Woolworths, or you can make your own with some simple kitchen basics. Some easy and effective DIY face mask recipes include:

  • Banana mask: Mashed banana can leave your skin moisturised, looking and feeling softer. The optional addition of plain yoghurt and honey can be great too.
  • Avocado and cocoa mask: Avocado, cocoa and honey combine to make a rich and moisturising mask that is packed full of antioxidants.

Other popular DIY mask ingredients include oats, papaya, turmeric and more. While you’re spending time at home, why not experiment to find the perfect combination for your skin?

Scrub and glow

Exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells can really boost your healthy glow. And the great news is that while a lot of commercially available scrubs can cost a pretty penny, these DIY options can do just as good a job with simple and low-cost ingredients you’ve already got at home. Most scrubs are a mix of something abrasive (sugar and salt are common options) and some kind of oil. Some great options to try include:

  • A sugar face scrub: Combine with oil, like coconut oil, and the potential addition of honey for a gentle but effective facial scrub.
  • Rolled oats scrub: Great for most skin types – just try to avoid rinsing the oats down the drain where they’re liable to cause a blockage which no-one needs right now.
  • Wake up with coffee: Everyone knows that caffeine gives you an energy boost, and the same can be said when you use coffee in a facial scrub. Combine coffee and cocoa with options tailored to your skin type, like yogurt or lemon juice, for a brightening effect.

Give tired eyes a break

It’s a pretty exhausting time right now and extra time staring at screens looking for the latest news updates is hard on your eyes. But it’s easy to give your eyes a bit of time out and reduce puffiness with a couple of simple options from your kitchen. Both chilled teabags and slices of cucumber have long been popular home remedies for soothing tired eyes for years and now is a good time to give them a whirl. You can even blend them together and soak some cotton pads for the ultimate DIY indulgence.