Who would have ever thought that we’d be stuck in our houses for months? Especially staying home on your birthday can get super tedious. Well, doesn’t matter if we’re in lockdown, everyone deserves to spoil themselves a little on their birthday.
Also, needless to say, it’s important for the birthday girl to look her best for all the “surprise” zoom call parties (you know it!). While you can’t go out this time to treat yourself this birthday, we’ve got a perfect birthday gift for you.
Here are some tried and tested tips for you to make yourself a little lavish spa retreat at home. After all, self-care is one of the greatest forms of self-love and a perfect birthday gift to you from yourself. These are pocket-friendly and easy-to-do.
Let’s have a look.
1. Start with deep body cleansing
With the fluctuating weather outside, our skin has also gone through a lot in the past few months. To get rid of the dry flaky skin and unwanted hair, begin with a deep body cleansing routine.
Start with taking a shower with luke-warm water which helps in opening the pores and will help in better cleansing. Take some body scrub and start massaging it all over your body. You can make your DIY at-home scrub by mixing equal parts of coffee and coconut oil. This will remove all the dead skin cells and give you supple skin. The coffee granules act as a scrub as well as a brightening agent for your skin. The coconut oil will moisturize your skin.
To get rid of the body hair at home, you can try The Gillette Venus Razor with the Satin care shaving gel. It’s easy, painless and super quick. There are a lot of fallacious thoughts around the fact that Razors damage your skin. However, correctly using them gives you extremely smooth and clean skin. These razors are easily available on Amazon and Nykaa.
This is an excellent way to detox and cleanse your body. What could be more satisfying right?
2. Make your tresses feel expensive
We all miss getting our pre-birthday hair spas and treatments. Our stylists give us what our hair exactly what it needs the most and make it look all photo-ready. But lack of care during this lockdown has only resulted in dry and dull-looking hair. And we certainly cannot expect our regular shampoos to do any different trick to make them look flawless.
To nourish your hair from roots to tips, prepare a DIY hair mask with all-natural ingredients. All you need is- 1 egg (you can replace it with a ripe mashed banana), 3 tablespoons yoghurt, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon castor oil (or coconut oil). Mix it all well to form a thick paste. Apply and leave it on for 30-40 mins.
Ditch your regular shampoo and go for a personalized shampoo instead. After all, it’s your birthday and you deserve nothing but the best, and what’s better than getting a shampoo that is customized for your hair requirements and with your name on it! Freewill’s personalized haircare range does just that and deals with all your hair problems so you don’t have to. Understand your hair profile first with their free online hair assessment and add your personal hair goals. And, you’re done!
3. Get those nails on fleek
Getting your nails done can make you feel twice as good. While you don’t have the resources to get gel nails done, we got just the right resources for you to get the exact look all by yourself and on a budget.
Start with a DIY manicure with natural ingredients. Prepare a hand soak with a tub of hot water. Mix some mild shampoo, lemon juice and 1tsp baking soda. Soak your hands for about 10 minutes and pat it dry. For your DIY scrub, mix some milk cream (malai) with sugar and use it as a scrub. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. The sugar will exfoliate your hands gently and the milk cream will moisturize and remove all the dirt from your hands considerately.
Trim or file your nails as per your choice. If you’re one of those lucky ones who has sexy long nails, you can get away with just a few coats of your favorite nail paint. For the other ones who struggle with maintaining long nails can go for false nails. No, I’m not going to suggest you the ones that come off in a day or two and look fake. Instead, you can go for Miss Claire’s false nails and the Miss Claire Nail Glue which make your nails look extortionate and classy. They are very easy to do and last for about 10-15 days which is great for the price point.
Invest in skin foods
If you’re looking for an instant glow up on your birthday, you can prepare your very own DIY facemask at home. One of our favorites is the milk and honey face mask. It’s the best choice for normal to dry skin type. It leaves you with clear and glowing skin. If you have oily skin, you can try a multani mitti face mask which extracts all the excess oil from your face and helps in dealing with acne.
Some good face masks that you can try are- The Face Shop’s sheet masks, Wow’s activated charcoal facemask. These are easily available online.
However, be it expensive or DIY facemasks, nothing can give you a dramatic change in your skin quality overnight. According to this interview, the dermatologists recommend following a proper skincare routine. Make sure to incorporate a good cleanser, sunscreen and serum in your everyday skincare routine that helps to uplift the overall health of your skin, over sometime.