Brits have been Googling glow-ups during lockdown

We spill the tea on what Brits have been Googling during lockdown, including advice on how to nail a pre-freedom glow-up

Hair & Beauty

From the first week of lockdown, many of us started experiencing a change in our beauty routines. From shelving our make-up products to trying to figure out how to perm our own eyelashes without the help of an aesthetician, we're all desperately trying to implement some form of a routine for this 'new normal'.

While it may seem like a very strange time, one saving grace is knowing that we're not alone in this! Research by Moda in Pelle has shown that thousands of Brits have turned to Google to solve their beauty struggles. The phrase “how to glow up” has risen in popularity by 70% since we went into lockdown on March 23rd, while some more specific beauty queries have also risen in popularity:

·  Searches for 'how to get rid of dead skin on feet' are up 2,200%

·  Searches for 'how to soak off acrylic nails' are up 500%

·  Searches for 'AHA/BHA peel' have gone up by 120%

·  Searches for 'no poo method' are up by 250%

In light of this, the UK-based retailer has put together a three-week glow-up guide to help you get ready for post-lockdown life.

Your three-week glow-up guide

Peeling foot mask

Peeling foot socks are part of a wave of Korean beauty products that have made their way over to the UK in the past few years. Packed full of Lactic acid, Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid these promise to deeply penetrate dry skin on your feet and have them peeling within a few days, making them ideal for use while we’re social distancing. We recommend Oh K! Peeling Foot Mask to make your feet super smooth.

Promoting strong nails and growth  

Many of us will have been forced to remove gels or acrylics at home, revealing thin and weak nails underneath. If your nails are bare, now is the ideal time to invest in some nail strengthening polish - Sally Hansen products are the nail OG, and are budget friendly too. We recommend the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthener combined with this Nails Inc superfood base coat, packed full of kale, which promises to reduce splitting.

At home chemical peel

Gone are the days where it was only the rich and famous who could afford a chemical peel. A rise in skincare as an interest means there are plenty of at-home options available - and lockdown is a great time to try them. Peels are great for dark spots, general dullness and can be effective against adult acne, and basically work by dissolving dead skincells on the top layer of skin. Always carefully read the ingredients and do a patch test on your wrist 24 hours before applying to the face.

The expert advice is use these options no more than twice a week (so that’s six times during lockdown), and treat the skin with a really rich moisturiser afterwards, ideally one with an SPF of 30 or above.

Budget 

Beverly Hills Liquid Platinum - 7.5% Fruit Acid Facial Peel 

VERSED The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel

Splurge

Murad Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask

Give your hair a break

Lockdown is the ideal time togive your hair a break from shampoo and conditioner, and the lockdown favourite 'no poo method' is easily doable in 21 days.

The no poo method means you can rinse your hair with water, but absolutely no cleaning agent - if you’re desperate you’re allowed to use a small amount of bicarbonate of soda, but this shouldn’t be attempted within the first week as you’ll ruin your hard work.

If you can get past the first week or so, you’ll be rewarded with healthier, thicker and more lustrous locks.

While your hair is doing its thing, wrap it up in this super cute Coco & Eve towel wrap.

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