If your plan for the colder months is to hibernate and emerge in April all squeaky clean and fresh, then consider this your how to guide. The winter months are the perfect time to swot up on your beauty knowledge, correct reoccurring mishaps, and practice your at-home treatments. So, whether you’re hoping to master a bouncy blow dry, glow-up your skin, or give yourself a full MOT, take advantage of the dark evenings and indulge yourself in one (or all) of these beauty treatments so you’ll be seriously revived come spring.
CREATE A SALT BATH
Spas are lovely an all, but you have to leave the house to get to them, and if you’re reading this, you already know you don’t want to leave the house. Instead, run yourself a steamy bath weekly sans bubbles, and add calming salts for the ultimate spa experience less than 50 steps from your bed. Bliss.
You probably already had this on your list of your hibernation activities, but a just a gentle reminder! Masturbation isn’t only a great activity to pass the time, but it’s also proven to reduce stress, release tension, enhance sleep, and boost self-confidence. Especially helpful in the gloomy winter months.
ADD TECH TO YOUR ROUTINE
If you’re a regular at the facialists, then this one is for you. Investing in a fancy bit of tech won’t only save you from leaving the house, it will also help you become your own dermatologist without changing out of your pyjama pants. Salon-worthy skincare has never been this easy.
WORKOUT YOUR SKIN
Gua shas and facial rollers were the unofficial mascots of the 2020/21 lockdowns, and rightly so in our opinion. Known as the ‘Botox of the East’ these ancient Chinese beauty tools can help to do everything from lifting and firming the skin to increasing the absorption of skincare ingredients.
Click the links to learn the art of gua sha-ing and facial rolling.
DERMAPLANE YOUR FACE
You might think dermaplaning is a skill best left to a beauty technician but if we can do it, then so can you. Haul yourself the tools and read our handy guide to dermaplaning here.
USE LIGHT THERAPY
Light therapy is another salon treatment you can do at home while waiting for your pasta to cook. All you need to do is chose your setting, find your fave TV series, and wait for the light mask to tackle everything from acne to dullness, C’est magic!
You can learn more about light therapy here.
GET YOUR GLOW ON
A common myth of hibernation is that you don’t need to wear tan, but we think that is all wrong. Hibernation is the prime time to scrub away tan build up and perfect your tanning routine once and for all. Treat it as a trial-and-error period that no one will see. We also have some handy advice on perfecting said routine right here.
Don’t be put off by the scary tool, microdermabrasion is the skincare treatment you’ll be telling your friends about. The tiny 0.25mm stainless steel needles make little punctures in the skin (not as scary as it sounds, promise!) which help to promote new skin cell regeneration, as well as encouraging collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and hyperpigmentation.