These days, we’re all observing social-distancing and quarantine in our homes in our efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. While the times are challenging, during this time it’s very important to practice self-care and cherish the “me-time” moments that will help refresh and revive you. Here are few possible ways to turn self-quarantine into a self-care staycation.
Tend to your hands & nails
You’re probably washing your hands excessively right now (and you should be!). However, frequent handwashing causes excessive dryness, which calls for a little extra TLC for your hands and nails. Sukin’s Natural Cleansing Hand Wash (AED 35) is gently designed to remove dirt and germs from the hands, without drying and stripping the skin. A rich blend of Jojoba, Avocado and Rosehip Oil restores the moisture level of dehydrated hands while soothing Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Lavender leaves skin feeling clean, hydrated and supple! The Sukin Hand and Nail Cream (AED 42.00) is natural, non-greasy and light. It hydrates and protects dry hands while caring and strengthening nails and cuticles – perfect for at home manicures make sure hands & nails are nourished at all times! Available online at www.lifepharmacy.com, www.lifestyleshops.com and www.mumzworld.com
Indulge in an at home facial
With no need to rush out the door every morning, you can take your time and develop a skincare routine that works best for you. Give yourself a facial at home with Magnitone Xoxo Soft Touch Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush (AED 200). Available online at www.sprii.ae, www.amazon.com and www.carrefouruae.com, this device is a cute, compact and ultra-soft daily cleansing brush that goes deep and purges pores from impurities, in the most gentle way for a beautifully conditioned, healthy glow.
We all know that once you’ve found the right moisturizer for your skin type, your skin will never be the same again! Take this time to discover what works best for you. New to the beauty market is French brand, FILORGA’s GLOBAL-REPAIR range which includes the Global Repair Intensive Serum & Cream (AED 495 each). Suitable for ageing skin, this supreme skincare duo works to revive and refresh the skin while targeting fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, lack of radiance and sagging skin. The best part is that this duo can be used as a serum and cream during the day and as masks at night thanks to its revolutionary transformable textures for intensive treatment while you sleep Available online at www.basharacare.com
Think of your skin care routine as a pampering instead of a chore and you will soon begin to appreciate both the mental and physical benefits you get from dedicating that time to yourself!
Sit back and relax…with a beauty mask
With some time on your hands, why not indulge in 20 minutes of un-interrupted relaxation? Throw in a sheet mask and you’ll even get super healthy, hydrated and glowing skin by the end of it, too! The ritual of applying a face mask is so calming, from the minute you unravel the sheet mask, to when your laying down still or reading a book while enjoying the cooling sensation on your skin.
Masking once or twice a week makes a huge difference, not only to our skin but to our mental well-being as it forces you to relax. We recommend using Skin Republic’s recently launched Retinol Hydrogel Mask for Women (AED 33) and the Energising Facial Mask for Men (AED 30). The Retinol Hydrogel Mask is a powerful anti-ageing sheet mask that super-charges the skin with retinol to support natural collagen, replenish lost moisture and increase the skin’s elasticity. The Energising Facial Mask for Men is a hydrating mask that delivers an energizing boost to dry and tired skin with active ingredients such as Vitamins C and E and CoQ10. Available online at www.carrefouruae.com, www.sprii.ae, www.lifestyleshops.com and www.amazon.ae
Refresh & repair your hair
It’s a known fact that the state of your hair can greatly impact your mood. A good hair day can build confidence while a bad one can have opposite effects.
Indulging in hot showers and taking care of your hair during quarantine is essential can have many positive effects. We are loving Vierro’s Water Protect Shampoo & Conditioner duo (AED 14.75 and AED 11.50 respectively).
Homegrown and formulated in the UAE for the residents of the region, this duo is packed with protein-rich ingredients to nourish your hair, including Peppermint essential oil. With its cooling properties and calming scent, it evokes a spa-like ambience in your steamy shower whenever used which can be quite therapeutic. Your hair is left refreshed & stronger, and so are your senses! Available online at www.amazon.ae and www.mumzworld.com
Try something new and sustainable
Ladies! With ample time at home due to social distancing, there’s never been a better time to try a money-saving period product that will help you out financially as well as contributing towards less waste. One of the smallest, and most cost-effective choices you can make, is switching your monthly shopping basket of period products for a subtle, small medical grade silicone cup – Lunette Cup (AED 157.50) which could save you money, time and the dreaded eco-anxiety. It also is great for a time such as this, so you don’t have to stock-pile tampons and pads in your cupboard. Available online at www.sprii.ae and www.carrefouruae.com
Share the load
These days, juggling working from home, helping kids cope with the distance learning, and daily household chores such as cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, etc., are the norm for a lot of us. But when it comes to the cleanliness and sanitization of your most-used items at home, why not share the load and get some professional help? Champion Cleaners, a premium dry cleaning and laundry service, is offering free pick-up and delivery when you schedule for their dry cleaning or sanitization services through the Champion Cleaners app or by just dialing +971 42 858 581. There’s no need to leave home, and you can indulge in some spare “me-time” instead. Available on iOS and Android platforms.
Workout at home
One way to keep yourself healthy while working from home is to ‘workout’ at home. Get motivated and head towards being fit by downloading a fitness app that will guide you all the way. We love the ASICS Studio app which is currently offering a FREE 3-month trial for all. It is complete with easy and quick home workout programs that include ones specially designed for runners. It also includes yoga and meditations sessions. Your best bet! Available on iOS and Android platforms.