Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Ultimate Quarantine Self-Care Guide: Nail, Hair & Skin Care

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Olaplex products are expensive, however, so you can search trial size kits first. There are also cheaper options, like Pantene’s Intense Rescue Shots. Or, if you already have a bottle of mayonnaise (yes, mayonnaise) in your fridge, apply it to wet hair for a DIY softening treatment.

A shampoo brush is always a nice addition; they help cleanse your scalp, especially if there is a lot of product buildup hidden among your roots.

Hair removal at home

If you normally receive monthly waxes, you may be feeling a little unwell right now, but you can keep your hair under control at home with these options. See our hair removal guide for more details.

There really is no need to spend the money to go to a salon for facial hair removal; I would save this for sensitive areas like your bikini line. If you’ve never used wax before, follow directions carefully and do a patch test first to be sure.

The pre-waxed brow bands make me nervous, even those designed to mimic the shape of an eyebrow. There is too much room for error. Instead, try a precision wax applicator as Parissa wax pen. This helps you apply the wax only where you want it. Start slowly and remember: better to end with tweezers than to remove too much.

Nair leg masks have been a lifesaver for me as shaving irritates my skin. They’re easy to use and leave your legs smooth, but they have that distinctive Nair scent. If you want longer term results, have a strong will and can handle tearing a wax strip off your own leg, Glee Pre-Waxed Strips come highly recommended by WIRED writers.

If you are ready to sustainably reduce hair growth, the HoMedics Duo Lite IPL Device does wonders. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices like this target the hairline, causing it to fall out and dramatically reducing regrowth over time. I had little hope this would help, but after a few weeks of use my leg hair really started to shrink. But like laser hair removal, the company claims that this IPL device is not safe for use on blonde, red, or gray hair, or very dark skin.

Sooth sore muscles

Self-care and relaxation go hand in hand, so there is some overlap between this guide and our guide keep calm during quarantine, especially when it comes to allaying all the aches and pains your human costume is going through.

My favorite method is to take a epsom salt bath at the end of the day (or sometimes in the middle of the afternoon) to fully relax. Over the past few months, I’ve found other ways to keep my muscles happy. When we tried the new one Theragun percussion therapy devices, I felt like I was treating myself to a mini-massage every day. No muscle knot can withstand the 60 pounds of pressure these machines can produce. The biggest downside is that they are all quite expensive. From $ 400 Elite it was our favorite overall $ 200 Mini, a Theragun is an investment.

For a cheaper (but not cheap) method of relaxation, I lay down on a Bed of nails acupressure mat for 10 to 20 minutes every few days. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, the mats and the pillow are fitted with round plastic plates (or “nails”). The pressure of those fingernails against your body is said to release endorphins – and it doesn’t hurt, I promise. I used it when I noticed my back was starting to hurt from stepping on the computer, and while I can’t say that it scientifically helps my body, anecdotally it looks like to a nice body reset.

Find peace for yourself

If grooming and face masks aren’t what you need right now, try to find time to relax in whatever way works for you, whether it’s two bubble baths a day or 12 hours spent playing Animal crossing. You can even try a weighted blanket– I love to curl up in my bed and shoot Yaasa 20 pounds (plus a 13 pound cat) over me

I know it’s hard when you feel like the world ends, and people are talking about ways to be productive during this pandemic. But your mind will benefit every time you set aside for peace (maybe disconnect from Twitter a bit). You don’t have to train every day, write the next great American novel, or learn a new trade. Let yourself go.

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