If leaving the house feels akin to crawling out from under a rock, hissing at the sunlight, a little post-lockdown glow-up party may be just what you need.
Let’s be honest. It’s been a slog - a long, stressful, snacky, regrowth-y SLOG. We could try to sugar-coat the whole thing, but the burnout is real and so are the split ends.
We aren’t predicting an end to loungewear fashion anytime soon, and only the lucky few will be able to get into a salon before Valentine’s Day at this point. On the plus side, it seems like stilettos may be cancelled forever (here’s hoping.)
Regardless, many of us are leaving this lockdown sporting a far more ‘natural’ beauty look than ever before. And no doubt some will choose to embrace this as their personal new normal.
But if you’d like to get your glow on, we’ve wrapped up some of the best, natural at-home products. They’ll help to get you feeling great as you put your best (un-slippered) foot forward post-lockdown.
Remember when beauty columns promoted stripping all the oil (and eyebrows) from your face? Good times.
Now people are embracing face oil in all its moisturising, shiny glory.
A 2018 study found topically applying plant oils to your skin may help to:
- provide antioxidative activities
- promote anti-inflammation
- support wound healing
We’re constantly asked what the best face oil in Australia – especially for dry skin – is. And although that’s a big question, we just can’t go past The Herb Farm’s Transforming Bakuchiol Face Oil
Sweating about having to socialise in person? After a long lockdown, it’s only natural to feel hesitant about heading out.
Natural deodorants are having a bit of a moment right now, as more and more options are hitting the market. And, unlike some of the earlier incarnations, modern natural deodorants are often amazingly effective!
We love Black Chicken Remedies’ Axilla Deodorant Paste. It’s completely invisible when you apply it (so it won’t mark your clothes). Plus, it has a refreshingly spicy scent, and is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.
If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram, you’ll be familiar with under-eye gel masks. They’re a great way to give your locked down under-eye skin a refreshing boost.
We recommend looking for one that contains cucumber, as studies have found (something chick flicks have always known) that it may have properties that help to soothe skin irritations and assist in reducing swelling.
We can’t go past ACURE’s Detox-Depuff Under Eye Hydrogels.
*Contrary to popular belief, you can actually use a gel mask without posting a picture of it on Instagram.
Ready to flash your grin around as many LGAs as possible? We feel you.
A quick and easy way to refresh those pearly whites is with a natural DIY teeth whitener.
Our top pick for at-home teeth whitening is Love Beauty Foods’ Teeth Whitener. This natural powder increasingly whitens teeth without harsh chemicals or bleach. It also contains activated coconut charcoal and Australian bentonite clay.
Can’t wait to swish your regrowth around town?
There are a bunch of hair masks on the market that are made from natural ingredients, which can give your mane a moisturising boost.
Look for products with plant-derived oils that are perfect natural conditioners. Some oils, like jojoba, may even aid in promoting hair growth.
Best pick? We love Akin Miracle’s Shine Conditioning Hair Mask - it contains Australian avocado oil, Australian jojoba oil and squalene. What’s not to love?
Sunscreen and gradual tanning lotions
We don’t need to explain the benefits of sun safety - the science is clear. When you break into your glorious summer of fun, make sure to slip, slop, slap (and don’t forget to seek and slide too!)
But let’s just have a quick chat about the ‘slop’ part. When you’re heading out in the Aussie sun, you’re going to want a 50+ level of coverage. Choosing a waterproof option is also a good idea, even if you’re not swimming (sweat is wet, guys!)
We recommend We Are Feel Good’s Signature Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ because it’s non-greasy and preservative-free.
Want to follow up the protection by faking that sun-kissed look? We have to tell you about our pick for one of the best gradual self-tanners for fair or olive skin on the market - MooGoo’s Gradual Tanning Moisturiser. We’re
massive fans, and not just because the packet says ‘how now brown cow’ on it.
Ready? Go get your summer!
You know you’ve earned it.
- The new normal: It’s OK to want to take it slow
- Your post-lockdown health checklist
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Reviewed by the healthylife Advisory Board October 2021.