Self Isolation Beauty Guide

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

We are living through some very strange uncertain times at the moment. With the coronavirus ensuring many of us are confined to our homes, an opportunity arises for us to be a bit more experimental with our beauty regimes. And, while we encourage you to build up a bold look for that 10 am Zoom call or whip out a glossy pout when your friends dial in on HouseParty if you so wish, enforced solitude also offers the chance to trial a more potent skincare ingredient, to switch up the way we care for our hair or even just to give ourselves some downtime from our usual beauty routines. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to maximise quarantine conditions.

Stick to your routine

Since you’ll have more downtime than usual, your body will be adjusting to a new routine and it can be easy to let our everyday habits slip. For example, during self-isolation you may choose to not wear makeup – but that doesn’t mean your whole beauty regime needs to be forgotten. You should stick to your skincare routine as normal, morning and night.

Let your hair down

I asked on my group chat of friends for their tips for the next three weeks, and they all said they plan on letting their hair have a rest from endless heat styling and colouring, and just let their hair do its thing on its own. There was also talk of reducing the number of times they’re washing their hair through this period, again to give your hair a break to do its own thing, however when you do come to wash day, treating it with a hair mask to give it an extra boost of nourishment.

Indulge a little

With all the extra time we now have for the next few weeks, now is a great time to have a little you time and relax, especially if you are in isolation with a partner and need to create some space. This is self-care 101 and during times of uncertainty can help to give you those much needed moments of rest. Take a long hot bath, put on a face mask, a hot oil treatment for your hair, an at-home manicure, anything that will make you feel a little calmer. 

De-clutter and reorganise

Now is the perfect time to spring clean your beauty stash. Get rid of anything that is expired, donate anything that hasn’t been opened, clean your brushes, reorganise your beauty space. Not only will it occupy some time, but it will also get rid of anything that could be hoarding bacteria. If you haven’t used that 5-year-old blue mascara, throw it out.  If you really feel like it, go all out and go after your clothes too! Now is a great opportunity to reassess how much you actually need all these things. Donate what you can, or sell some of your stuff online (If you have already decluttered the entire house, just sit and watch declutter videos. They’re oddly satisfying).

Give your brows and nails a break

Many of us like to indulge in regular beauty treatments, because why not? But with many of these businesses now closed, its an opportunity to give your brows, lashes and nails a break from treatments. With our hands and nails being such a focus in our stringent anti-viral cleaning techniques, we need to ensure that we’re looking after them beyond the creativity of changing up colours every day. Keeping our hands hydrated is going to be key, now more than ever, so spending some time to allow moisturiser or oils to sink into your hands will stop them from drying out so much.

Introduce new products into your routine – slowly

With more time on our hands, the temptation could be to go full-throttle and spend all our free time adding step after step to our skincare routine, however, we should ideally pace ourselves with new products, and especially those on the more potent side. For Example, spending more time at home doesn’t necessarily mean you should up your levels of exfoliation, but instead think about including an exfoliating step, two to three times a week. Adding in acid that can deliver an immediate smoother and glowing result especially if you are using an AHA or a BHA ingredient, but be cautious not to overuse acids as they can cause skin sensitivity. Two to three times a week is sufficient.


Whatever you are doing through the next few weeks, remember to follow the official health advice, wash your hands, practice social distancing as much as possible. We will get through this together sooner if we all do our part.

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.