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Stay-at-home health and beauty kits

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Updated 21st July 2020 - We recommend the coronavirus page on the NHS website for more up to date information.

With the lockdown easing in the UK many of us are able to get to a hairdresser or beauty salon, however you may still be worried about getting your hair or nails done. The good news is we can still order our favourite skincare, hair care and wellbeing essentials for home delivery.

Putting together your own stay-at-home health and beauty kit is a good example of what mental health practitioners call self-care. If you’re wondering what self-care is, it’s simply where you implement daily or weekly habits to positively impact your mood. This might include getting plenty of sleep, meditating, exercising, baking, and establishing a beauty or grooming routine.

Practicing self-care can help to combat low mood, and soothe feelings of stress and anxiety that you might be experiencing due to the current situation. If you’re keen to put together your own stay-at-home health and beauty kit, read on for inspiration.

Skincare

Having a skincare regime is one of our favourite self-care tips. As explained by Dr Amy Wechser in this Marie Claire article, “When someone is depressed or anxious, a routine provides a sense that they have control over their skin, their body, and consequently part of their life.”

If you’re looking to take up a skincare regime during lockdown, the essentials are a cleanser and a moisturiser. You’ll normally want to use these products twice a day: once in the morning, and a second time in the evening, just before you go to bed. You should opt for products that are tailored towards your skin type (e.g. dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone), and always use them as directed.

If you’re already cleansing and moisturising, you can step up your skincare routine by adding daily toners and serums, and exfoliating once or twice a week.

Suncare

Getting outdoors is important for our mental and physical wellbeing – not least because sun exposure stimulates the production of vitamin D, which helps keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

However, too much sun can be dangerous. While we shouldn’t avoid it altogether, we need to make sure we enjoy the sun safely. That’s why your stay-at-home health and beauty kit should include some sunscreen.

The NHS recommends that between the months of March and October, you should use an SPF of at least 30 when outside. You should aim to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun will be at its strongest, and – when not under shelter – cover up with long clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

When you buy sunscreen, opt for a product such as Solero, which offers both UVA and UVB protection and a high sun protection factor (SPF). Make sure you apply it twice before you leave the house: 30 minutes beforehand, and once again just before you leave.

Hair care

While you wait to see your hairdressers or barber, you can stock up on hair care products that will have your tresses looking their best – whether it’s a nourishing hair mask or some curl-defining cream.

If you have coloured hair, there’s the option of using home hair dye. Modern box dyes are really reliable, but just make sure you follow all the instructions carefully and carry out a patch test on your skin beforehand. If you’re not ready to commit to a full dye job, try a root retouch to keep your colour looking fresh.

For men, investing in a quality hair and beard trimmer is a great way to keep your style neat and tidy until you can visit a barber.

LloydsPharmacy can also supply medicated hair care products such as Neutrogena T/Gel for people who have conditions such as scalp psoriasis.

Vitamins & supplements

Making sure you’re getting the right nutrients should always be part of your health and beauty regime. If you’re not able to leave the house, vitamin D supplements are a good way to maintain bone health. You can also stock up on fish oils and omegas, which are good for your joints.

Just make sure that you’re not substituting anything in your diet for supplements, and that you continue eating healthy, balanced meals. You can also talk to our pharmacy team about any other medication you might be taking, they can recommend the most suitable supplements for you.

Pampering supplies

Some of our favourite items to include in a stay-at-home healthy and beauty kit are the indulgences. Make sure you add some bubble bath, scented candles and sheet masks to your kit, and set aside a few hours at the weekend to enjoy some me-time.

References

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/self-care
www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/