Editors Agree — These Beauty Treatments Are Worth Investing Your Time In
More time social distancing at home means more opportunities for self-care (spoken like true beauty enthusiasts, we know). From routine maintenance to luxurious pampering, self-care can look different for everybody, but if there are beauty treatments and activities worth investing your time in, POPSUGAR Beauty editors know what they are. Whether it's treating your scalp to a much-needed scrub, making a delicious morning beverage to help enhance your natural glow, or getting artistic with your manicure, we're sharing all the things we love making the time for right now.
Exfoliating Your Scalp
Dry shampoo might be your BBF (best beauty friend) at the moment, but now is actually the perfect time to nourish your hair back to health. The next time you wash your hair, apply a scalp scrub to dissolve product buildup and sweep away dead skin cells. Doing this once or twice a week, preshampoo, will help keep your scalp nourished, flake-free, and balanced, and your hair healthy and full as a result. Our editors love the new Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub ($36) for its clean ingredients and color-safe formula.
Sipping Your Way to Glowing Skin
Now that we actually have the time, we're taking any and all opportunities to make and enjoy our favorite drinks, whether it's a morning boost, a midafternoon pick-me-up, or a nighttime wind down — or all three. And when you can make your drink work for your natural beauty, too, that's a hard yes from us. Mixing a scoop of NeoCell Super Collagen Powder ($14) into your drink will help promote healthy collagen synthesis and overall radiant beauty. For double the benefits, we particularly like dropping the powder into a drink that already helps improve your skin, such as a green smoothie, matcha tea, or spearmint tea.
Multimasking Your Face
As our preferred method of de-stressing, face masking is having a hot moment right now among our editors. But one mask is never enough! For the best results, we like to take it one step further by multimasking, which is applying different treatments to different areas of the face to tackle multiple concerns at once. While you could easily mix and match any masks you already have on hand, this Omorovicza Multi-Masking Collection ($72) comes with three masks (and a brush) for easy combining. For example, try the Deep Cleansing Mask to clear congestion in your T-zone and the Ultramoor Mud Mask to target dull skin on your cheeks and around your mouth.
Perfecting Your Nail-Art Designs
Since you're likely your own nail technician at the moment, now's a good a time as any to step up your mani game and perfect your nail art. An abstract design that plays off your nail shape is easy to accomplish for beginners. For example, paint your entire nail in one color before taking a second color and painting almost your entire nail but leaving a small border around your cuticles for the first color to peek through. Editor tip: choose polishes in a similar tone for a subtle rather than contrasting effect — this way, any mistakes won't be as glaring. We love the range of J. Hannah nail polish for its modern hues and nontoxic formula. Dune ($19) and Hepworth ($19) together would be especially chic.
Just because we're spending all of time indoors right now doesn't mean we can't still achieve a nice golden tan! With the help of a little self-tanner, you might just emerge on the other side looking more glowy than you did at the start. Our editors are currently partial to the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel ($44) since the translucent formula makes it a breeze to apply, especially for beginners. You can achieve the perfect tan without worrying about rinsing it off or transferring color.
Whitening Your Teeth
It's safe to say teeth whitening is a fairly extensive treatment, and now you actually have the time to commit! Rather than go the messy tray or sticky strip route, we love this AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Pen ($25) since it comes in an easy-to-use pen applicator and mint flavor. Simply paint onto your teeth once or twice a day, and wait 60 seconds for a brighter smile.
Glossing Your Hair
Now that your scalp is healthy thanks to the scalp scrub, let's enhance your color! Our editors rave about the Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss ($14), not only for how affordable it is but also how easy it is to use at home. This colorless hair gloss works on all hair types and won't change your color, but you can also select from a range of hues to revitalize your color-treated hair. The entire in-shower process takes fewer than 30 minutes (depending on how much hair you have), and you'll emerge with vibrant, shiny, and deep-conditioned hair for the next four to six weeks.
Treating Your Skin to LED Light Therapy
If you struggle with acne, take this time at home as an opportunity to treat and heal your complexion. You may not be able to visit your esthetician, but an LED light therapy device is the next best thing. Even though the LightStim for Acne ($169) is an investment (although not quite as expensive as a full-face device), we like that it's noninvasive, painless, and requires no recovery time. Hold it against your skin for three minutes to target that area with blue light, which destroys acne-causing bacteria, and red light, which increases blood circulation. Existing breakouts will be cleared and future breakouts prevented.