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Does anyone else’s skin really suck right now? With the pandemic at an all-time high – and stress levels even higher – now is the time to focus on self-care, and your skin is the perfect place to start.

Here are the top ways to get your glow back.

Face forward
We’re really missing our favourite facialist, but did you know you can easily make a face mask at home? That’s right – the answer to your dull or dry skin could be sitting in your pantry or medicine cabinet! For glow, opt for cosmeceutical ingredients like Vitamin C or pantry staples like turmeric, and for dry skin consider mixing in some coconut or jojoba oil. Check out these two make-at-home recipes from our sister magazine, scout.

Nourish from the inside, out
The things you put into your body are just as important as what you put on it. Foods that are high in Vitamins A through E are your best friends during the cooler months, as are healthy fats – think nuts, avocados, coconut oil and chia seeds. These can help replenish your skin and assist in your body’s ability to make healthy and strong cells, while also preventing your skin from becoming dry. Find out which ten ingredients you should incorporate into your diet this winter to keep your skin happy and healthy.

Drink Water
No, it’s not a myth! Drinking enough H2O is vital for our overall health, particularly when we need to strengthen our immune system. Water keeps your skin and body running smoothly, helping to flush out any unwanted toxins. You should aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. If you find it hard to drink water when you’re out of routine, carry a bottle around with you throughout the day – just like you would if you were leaving the house – and try adding some fruit or mint for flavour to make it more enticing.

Get your beauty sleep
It turns out, the old phrase ‘beauty sleep’ actually has some truth to it. Not only does sleep keep you – and your skin – well rested, but it also helps to reduce stress and the likelihood of developing under-eye circles. If you or anyone in your family struggles to get a good night’s sleep, you may want to consider giving relaxing podcasts or meditation a go. Here’s a list of some of our favourites, and here are three experts’ other tips to help you get to sleep.

Deeply detox your body
If you’ve got time to spare and are looking for something to do, a full-body pamper sesh could be right up your alley. Dig out that old body scrub or slather on a rich moisturiser to soothe tired or scaly skin, or turn your shower into an at-home sauna with plenty of steamy hot water. Here are our favourite pamper products to try in isolation.

  1. The Body Shop long-handled body brush, $19, www.thebodyshop.com 
  2. Glow Restore pink Himalayan bath salts, $8, www.target.com.au
  3. Natura Siberica Oblepikha body butter, $18.99, www.naturasiberica.net.au
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