The Best At-Home Beauty Treatments
Posted on August 28 2020
It is August 2020 and Miss Corona (COVID-19) is still here. People are still hoarding the Clorox wipes. WFH still exists. Face masks are still required. Do you know what this means? More lazy time. Just kidding, but not really. From our favorite influencers to blog posts and articles, we've all heard that taking time for yourself is very important. We've all been guilty of making excuses for why we lower self-care on our list of priorities.
With many hair and nail salons still closed, the good news is that your self-care journey can be done right at home. Beyond Polish carries all the self-care essentials you need. Here are some tips on how to pamper yourself at home with affordable self-care essentials.
What are cuticles? Just like newborn babies need parents to be their protectors, your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria.
Since it is a delicate area, maintaining your cuticles is an important part of nail health. Cuticle oils moisturize, stimulate nail growth, and improve the health and appearance of the nail. Apply a small drop and rub it into your cuticle. Easy as that.
There are many different cuticle treatments to choose from. NCLA So Rich cuticle oil is available in a variety of scents. The best part is that they are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. If you're on the go, throw the CND SolarOil Care Pens in your purse and take it with you! Show your cuticles some TLC!
As a professional nail biter 25 years of my life, I barely used a nail filer. Luckily, I have succeeded in breaking that habit. If you're a nail biter like myself, try ORLY's No Bite formula. It can help you break that habit.
No one likes a broken or chipped nail. Nail files are used to shape your nails and remove any imperfections. Beyond Polish has many types of professional nail filers, from OPI nail filers to CND. Investing in a good nail file is probably one of the best things you can do for your nails. They are small and easy to carry around so you can fix your nails on-the-go. Nail files can be emery boards, ceramic, plain meta files, or metal files coated with corundum.
Most of us love getting our nails done, but unfortunately, with many salons still closed due to COVID-19, we're forced to give ourselves a good old DIY mani. Beyond Polish has a wide variety of nail lacquer and gel polish to choose from. Browse hot sellers like OPI and Essie, to NCLA (which are cruelty-free and vegan). Finish your DIY manicure with a matte, shiny, or fast dry top coat.
Not sure where to begin? Let's quickly break down the difference between gel polish and nail lacquer.
Gel polish is cured by UV (ultraviolet) wavelengths hitting molecules called photo initiators. These wavelengths activate those molecules, which is why a UV or LED lamp is required to cure gel polish. Gel polish also lasts longer than traditional nail lacquer. Gel polish removal requires soaking (typically 10-15 minutes, depending on the type of top coat used).
UV lamps take from 8-10 mins to cure gel polishes.
LED lamps take 30-45 second to cure gel polishes.
Regular nail lacquer does NOT require a lamp. The formula dries itself over time. One of the great things about nail lacquer is the easy removal. No soaking required. Just grab a bottle of nail polish remover or acetone, a cotton ball, and gently wipe away the polish.
Next, pick a good base coat. The base coat helps create a barrier that protects your nails from the nail polish color. It also prevents staining and peeling and gives an even texture to your natural nail. This will help make your mani last longer. Note: if you use a gel polish base coat, cure it in a lamp.
Once you've got your base coat, pick a color. Beyond Polish carries many popular brands from OPI, Essie, to even DND. They also carry cruelty-free nail polishes like ORLY, NCLA, ella+mila and Zoya. Apply thin layers of 2 to 3 coats depending on preference. Note: if you are using a gel polish, cure it into a lamp.
Beyond Polish has a variety of colors to choose from, which means if you are worried that you will not find a color that will suit you, don't worry - WE GOT YOU!
Finally, pick a top coat. The top coat helps protect your polish from everyday tasks, sunlight, and water, which can all shorten the life of your manicure. It also seals the nail polish color so it can last longer. Apply thin layers of 2 to 3 coats depending on preference. Beyond Polish has many different top coats to choose from - shiny to matte. Note: if you are using a gel top coat, cure it in a lamp.
If you're short on time or hate waiting for your nails to dry, use a dry fast top coat. Seche Vite is vegan, cruelty-free and dries in seconds. Want to achieve the look of a gel manicure without actually using gel polish? Try the Seche Vite Gel Effect Top Coat! Made with the same dry fast formula, enjoy the look of a gel manicure without the lamp!
Let's move on to lip care.
Lip Scrubs & Lip Balms
Like your nails, your lips also need a little TLC. I think one of the most annoying feelings is having dry cracked lips. Let's start with lip exfoliating. Beyond Polish has a product that will help you with that problem - NCLA Lip Scrubs. They are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. The sugar lip scrub gently exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens the lips. It's made from beet sugar, giving a hint of sweetness, and also contains Vitamins C and E.
To exfoliate your lips - Take a scoop of the sugar lip scrub onto a clean and dry lip and massage in circular motion. Wipe clean. Repeat 2 or 3 times. NCLA lip scrub has many scents that will go with your preference. Our best seller NCLA lip scrub is the Watermelon lip scrub.
After you finish the lip scrub, it is time for the NCLA Balm Babe lip balm. Your lips will need some natural lip balm after exfoliation. NCLA's lip balms are also 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Take a small amount and rub it to dry and clean lips. The NCLA lip balm will leave your lips instantly smooth and hydrated. Just like the NCLA lip scrub, the lip balms also have different scents from fruity like watermelon to candy scent like marshmallows. This is definitely a must-have for your self-care essentials.
Now more than ever, we've been relying on our hand sanitizer when we're not near a sink. Keeping our hands clean is always a big plus. Beyond Polish has scented hand sanitizers like NCLA. The NCLA scented hand sanitizers are formulated with hydrating aloe vera and Vitamin E. They're available in a variety of scents, making these some of the best smelling hand sanitizers you'll ever try. Their lightweight formula absorbs quickly and will leave your hands clean, hydrated, and smelling great.
For those who are sensitive to fragrances, Beyond Polish also carries the Curx Spray Sanitizer. The best spray hand sanitizers Beyond Polish has is the next generation solution in sanitizer based on science! It contains Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) as an active ingredient. BZK is a compound that has been used in disinfectant applications, including wound disinfectants. The ingredient is also effective against viruses, fungi, and bacteria without that stinging feeling. It is basically SKIN-FRIENDLY.
Our skin is the largest organ we have. Our skin helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensation of touch, heat, and cold. For many of you, dry skin is year-round, not just during the winter and fall seasons. Keep your skin hydrated with our best CND Scentsation lotions which help soothe dry skin with a gentle hint of fragrance. Best of all, it immediately absorbs with a velvety feel that won't leave your hands sticky. Choose from Lavender and Jojoba to Mango and Coconut. They work great on both your hands and body. If only you can smell the lotion through the screen.
If you are self-quarantined and think you can neglect your hair, think again! Let's put in a little more effort. Beyond Polish has many hair products that will not break the bank.
Are your split ends multiplying? Is your hair frizzy? Damaged? Try a hair mask for an intense repair. Choose from a variety of professional shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and serums to get those luscious locks back.
In a Harper's Bazaar article, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark in The Game of Thrones) mentioned that she loves Wella. Wella Invigo Nutri-Enrich Frizz Control is not only great for managing frizz but it smells amazing and is not overpowering.
If you are rocking a hairstyle for the day and can’t seem to keep the baby hairs the way you want them, try Wella's Shape Shift cream that will help keep the hair in place.
If you are not an everyday hair washer or have oily hair, try the Wella Dry me dry shampoo. It will become your best friend.
If you are going for a glam look, the Wella Glam Mist will make your hair look shiny and healthy like you see on those old Herbal Essence commercials.
Hair masks are important because if your hair is really damaged, dry, or frizzy it can help moisturize and nourish the hair. Some hair masks can help improve the scalp and boost the strength of the hair. They are just as beneficial as conditioners.
No matter what condition your hair is in, Beyond Polish has a variety of products for colored hair, different types of hair, and more.
Many of you are doing your part by staying at home and social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID. Taking a breather or even exercising outside your house to get some Vitamin C is also recommended. To continue to do your part, wear a cotton face mask when out in public. Beyond Polish carries Everly cotton face masks that are adjustable to help make wearing a mask feel more comfortable. Using a reusable mask also helps reduce the waste we are creating, as well as save the medical masks for our frontline and healthcare workers. To help save money on mask filters, you can use a coffee filter as an alternative. Check out our blog post on DIY face mask filters here.
Which at-home beauty treatments are your favorites? If you'd like to share any of your tips during quarantine, leave a comment below. You can also share your photos with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #GoBeyondTheBottle!