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Last Updated on July 6, 2020
Although many states are opening up, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. We may be eager to return to normal, but it’s essential to keep staying safe. In order to keep flattening the curve, many of us will choose to stay home as much as possible — and that might mean delaying that facial, salon appointment, or in-office teeth whitening service.
The good news is that there are plenty of at-home treatments you can do to improve the look of your skin, hair, and teeth. (And better yet, there are more vegan options out there than ever!) You don’t have to sacrifice your self-confidence while you stay home. Here are some vegan-friendly ideas that will help you feel beautiful — even if no one else is around to see it right now.
Talk About a Quarantine Glow Up
Everyone wants gorgeous, glowing skin. But all that hand-washing and mask-wearing can take a toll. Although skin issues like eczema and psoriasis (which typically develops between the ages of 15 and 35) can wreak havoc during the dry winter, scented soaps, frequent hand-washing, and infrequent showers can exacerbate conditions like these. And even if you were blessed with near-perfect skin, it could probably use some TLC right about now.
First of all, you should still be washing your face once or twice every day (or more, if you go out wearing a mask). Look for a cleanser that’s cruelty-free and vegan with no added parabens or sulfates and follow up with a vegan moisturizer. You’ll also want to invest in a vegan makeup remover — or stick to the basics and use coconut oil. There are some great vegan clay masks out there, as well. Be sure to apply a vegan sunscreen every day, regardless of whether you venture outdoors.
Of course, there are other things you can do to improve the look of your skin. Staying hydrated is one of the most important, especially as temperatures start to heat up. And while wearing a mask will keep you from touching your face, you’ll want to remember this when you’re indoors, as well. Don’t forget to clean your phone screen, your pillowcases and bed linens, and your makeup brushes regularly!
Love Your Locks in Lockdown
Around 88% of women say their hair has a direct impact on their confidence. Since most people haven’t had access to hair salons or barbers for the past few months, it’s no wonder that many of us are feeling self-conscious about our mops. But even if you still don’t feel safe booking a professional appointment, you can care for your hair at home.
Eating a diet rich in biotin (found in foods like pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, avocados, raspberries, carrots, Swiss chard, almonds, and other vegan staples) can help your hair grow long and strong. You might also want to consider shampooing your hair every other day, rather than every day, to prevent stripping the oil and nutrients from your tresses. On that note, you’ll want to start using sulfate-free shampoos; sulfates are derived from palm oil, which is harvest in non-eco-friendly ways, and they can also do damage to your hair. If you want that salon experience at home, consider doing a weekly hair mask or using a leave-in conditioner to alleviate damage. You can even make your own at home using coconut oil and avocado. And if you’re really itching for a dye job? Proceed with caution and make sure the product is vegan.
Smile Brighter (Behind Your Mask)
Your dentist’s office may be back open (with restrictions, most likely), but it may still not be the best time to have any unnecessary procedures performed. That said, 80% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 say they want whiter teeth. You might feel relieved to know that, while at-home treatment can’t replace a real dental appointment, there may be some products to hold you over for now.
Your diet can be an excellent way to stave off dental disease, for one thing. Foods high in B12, calcium, potassium, vitamin D, vitamin A, phosphorous, and amino acids can all do their part to protect your teeth and gums. And although many commercially available dental products are decidedly not vegan, there are a number of brands that can fill the (tooth) gap. Charcoal whitening toothpaste may be a popular option for vegans and non-vegans alike, while Colgate recently launched a certified vegan toothpaste that can take care of your other dental care concerns. So even if no one can see your pearly whites in public, you’ll at least know you’re doing your part to stay healthy.
For now, many of us are deciding to forgo in-person beauty experiences. Although that might feel like a bit of a bummer, the upside is that you’ll have more control over the products you use — and you can even make some small changes in your daily life to improve your skin, hair, and teeth over time. By the end of the pandemic — whenever that comes — your self-confidence will be at a 10 out of 10.