For many of us, the last few months have been a strange combination of overwhelming stress, coupled with a guilty enjoyment of more time spent at home. Whether you’ve been spinning plates trying to work around your kids, have experienced the uncertainty of furlough, or have had to make an unexpected career change… we’ve all faced some unprecedented challenges.
If you’re heading back to work or uni over the coming weeks, or preparing for family members to go back to school, we want to make sure that the transition is as seamless as it can be. This is why we’ve put together a special collection of care package items to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.
Without further ado, here is our edit of the top beauty essentials to keep you cool, calm and collected, whatever returning to the workplace throws at you.
No, we’re not talking about the kind that gets you all hot and sweaty on the commute to work. We’re talking about starting your day with a hydrating face mask (which coincidentally, can also help with mascne). Being at home, our skin hasn’t been acclimated to the sudden changes in temperature and air conditioning that we’ll be returning to, which can mean that dryness and skin breakouts are lurking around the corner (more tips on that later).
By using a face mask in the morning, you can boost your skin’s moisture for the day so it can better tolerate the work environment. You’ll also have the added benefit of ensuring that your makeup sits well on your skin. And let’s face it, after a few fair months wearing little to no makeup, we’ll need all the help with application that we can get!
Try Seoulista Beauty Super Hydration Instant Facial for a face mask that will offer you an amazing hydrating treatment. Feeling a bit more flash? Try the renowned La Mer The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Masks for the ultimate in luxury.
We all know how important hand hygiene is, particularly when venturing out of the home. But while many employers will be providing hand sanitising facilities, the chances are they’ll be prioritising quantity over quality. If you work in a field where you’ll be relying on hand sanitiser, do your mitts a favour and use a product that is less industrial and more skin-friendly. Your skin will thank you.
Our absolute favourite sanitiser at the moment is the L’Occitane Verbena Clean Hands Gel, which is the perfect combination of form and function. It also comes in a 280ml bottle, making it the perfect size for keeping on your desk (although be warned, your colleagues will be sneaking a squirt the moment your back is turned).
For a purse-sized option, we love the Colloidal Silver Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser by Nature’s Greatest Secret. Just keep in mind that, as it isn’t alcohol-based, it’s more effective against bacteria than it is against viruses.
Our hands have definitely taken a beating over the last few months of near-constant hand washing. With a higher risk of exposure in the outdoors or workplace environment, comes a greater need to increase your hand washing. Between the dry office environment and an increase in soap/alcohol-based cleaning, your hands will be crying out for moisture, so keep a rich hand cream or balm within arms reach.
When it comes to keeping your skin hydrated and protected you really can’t go past Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Range, and particularly the Moisturising Hand Treatment – it’s a customer favourite for good reason. Another fantastic product, and one which is 100% natural, is Weleda Skin Food. Using beeswax and a rich combination of oils, it deeply nourishes the skin, making it ideal for chapped, sore hands.
Whether you work outdoors in the elements or in an air-conditioned office block, you’re sure to notice the difference in your skin when you return to work. Harsh, drying AC or exposure to the wind can both strip your skin of its natural defences, leaving it dry, tight and uncomfortable.
While a regular face mask and good quality moisturiser will do most of the work, occasionally you need an extra boost of hydration. A face mist is perfect for spritzing on dehydrated skin for extra moisture as it can be used any time, under or over your make-up.
Roll On Relaxation
It’s all well and good to keep your face and body in tip-top condition when you return to work, but arguably the most important thing to take care of is your mind. Let’s face it, there’s bound to be moments of stress in the weeks ahead, so preparing for them is an essential part of your allbeauty care package.
Pocket-sized, relaxing roller-ball fragrances are ideal for throwing in your handbag and forgetting about until you need them. Then, when you’re feeling stressed, you have a tool ready to help you find your inner peace. We love Elemis Life Elixirs Calm Roller Ball with lavandula and clary sage oils, as well as thisworks Stress Check Breath In Roller Ball which contains eucalyptus and frankincense oils, among others.
Whatever the coming weeks have in store for you – whether you’re returning to work, continuing to work from home or will be adapting to flexible working, allbeauty are here to see you through. With a little forward planning and self-care, you’ll be able to put your best foot forward and face the world head-on. You’ve got this!