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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Maintaining a Grooming Routine in Lockdown

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At a time when we’re spending the majority of our time at home behind screens, taking the time out of our day to look after ourselves can seem like the last priority. Actually though, allocating a small portion of your day to some self-care, whether it’s when you first wake up, before you go to sleep or both, can make a huge difference to how we feel about ourselves (and ultimately how we look too).

While we don’t have the luxuries of booking in for a haircut, facials, or waxes at the moment, lockdown can be viewed as a time for us to perfect our hair, skin, shaving and overall grooming routines so we feel and look like the best versions of ourselves when life starts to go back to normal. Here are some simple ways to maintain a grooming routine in lockdown without it having to be hugely time-consuming or expensive.

Find the right razor for you

The first tip is to find a razor that works for you and doesn’t aggravate your skin. Life is too short to be settling for plastic, disposable razors that might look pretty in pink but are actually irritating on the skin and can cause razor bumps and rashes. Instead, spend a bit more on a double-edge safety razor made from stainless steel that can last you a lifetime and helps you to do your bit for the environment.

DE safety razors have one sharp double edged blade rather than multiple blades so put a lot less stress on your skin. They cut through your hair right next to the skin and are sharp enough to cut through your hair without pulling on it, so you can avoid any ingrown hairs long term too. The English Shaving Company stock a wide range of industry-leading double edge safety razors for both men and women that can be used to achieve a close and smooth shave for both body and facial hair.

Rather than having to dispose of your entire razor with a disposable plastic option, double edge safety razors only need the metal blade swapping for a new one. You can then recycle your metal blades safely making them an incredible alternative to the plastic options we so often see on the shelves.

Invest in high-quality skincare

While we’re still largely restricted on what we can do and who we can see, lockdown is an ideal time to switch from spending money on makeup and clothes, to investing in some good quality skincare. There are several key ingredients to an effective skincare routines - face washes, serums, treatments, moisturisers and SPFs.

By investing some money into reputable skincare products now, your skin will have the nourishment and room to breathe so it’s fresh and glowing by the time we’re allowed to socialise. We can use lockdown to find products that work for us and form a habit out of a skincare routine; our skin will certainly thank us for it!

Look after your hair

With hairdressers still shut and the majority of us spending most of our time at home, lockdown is the perfect time to consider the health and condition of your hair. Haircare is often neglected but some small steps and considerations can make a huge difference to the shine, look and feel of your hair.

Firstly, try to wash your hair less often. We’re all familiar with the advice that washing your hair everyday or too frequently is bad for it, but lockdown gives us the perfect opportunity to let our hair have a longer break between washes without this impacting how confident we feel when out and about. If you wash your hair every day, try to switch to every other day, then twice or even once a week; your hair will thank you for it and start to become greasy far less often. The less you wash your hair, the less often it will need washing.

Other tips to consider in lockdown is using little to no heat on your hair. Where possible, try to let your hair airdry naturally and avoid styling it with heated tools. If you do need to use some heat to get ready for a zoom with a friend, try heatless hair styles like plaiting your hair the night before.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways for us to turn lockdown into an opportunity to add to and make a habit out of our shaving, skin and haircare routines rather than giving up on selfcare completely.

Have you been practicing self care in lockdown or found you have switched up your grooming routine due to having more time spent at home? Let me know in the comments below. 

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