We are (all being well) on the home stretch, and before long, we'll be back in our favourite salons enjoying uninterrupted me time as our hair, skin, brows, lashes, nails or all of the above are given the TLC they're been craving for months. In the meantime, it's all about at-home pampering and, actually, lockdown is the perfect time to embrace your inner beautician and try your hand at the kind of treatments you'd usually leave to the professionals. Here are six DIY beauty treatments to try now.
Even as a beauty editor I've always been sceptical about serums that promise to boost your eyelashes without the need for falsies or extensions, but that was until I tried the Sweed Lash Growth Serum. After two months of painting a thin strip of the serum at the root of my lashes I can't believe how long they've grown, and when I put on mascara, the effect is even greater.
Sweed Lash Growth Serum, £70, Cult Beauty
Hair bonding treatment
A cut above regular hair masks - which merely smooth the cuticle of hair strands - bonding treatments work to repair the broken bonds within the hair, resulting in visibly healthier, less frizzy locks. If your hair is looking and feeling frazzled, a weekly bonding treatment left on for 15 to 20 minutes can make the world of difference.
Bumble and Bumble Bond Building Repair Treatment, £26 for 125ml, Space.NK
IPL hair removal
It may seem like a lot of money to spend on one device, but at-home IPL can be a sound investment when you calculate how much you'd save compared to, say, waxing appointments, and it's best to start now if you want to be ready to bare your smooth as silk pins come summer.
Why? Because you'll need to do 12 weekly treatments to begin with, and because IPL (intense pulsed light) is most effective when the difference between the hair and skin colour is greatest, meaning when you're palest in winter.
For the same reason, it's important to note that IPL won't work for everyone. It's not recommended if you have white, grey, red or very blond hair, or darker skin (classified as 6 on the Fitzpatrick scale).
Philips Lumea Cordless Hair Removal Device, £350, Boots
Have you heard about the powerful anti-ageing effects of retinol but you're worried about the vitamin A derivative irritating your skin? "The key with introducing retinol to your routine is to go slow and steady," says Daniel Isaacs, director of research at Medik8, who suggests starting with a strength of 0.1% or 0.3%, to avoid irritation or redness.
"We suggest using it a couple of nights a week to start with, gradually building up to nightly use, and ensure you use a minimum of SPF 30 during the day."
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6, £39 for 30ml
If your nails are feeling the effects of winter weather and lots of hand washing, what you need is a hardcore nail strengthener.
Choose a product that boosts keratin (rather than a clear polish that doesn't penetrate the nail) and apply every other day.
Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener, £14.88 (was £17.50), NailPolishDirect
Master your own gel manicure with a UV lamp to cure your nail varnish and you could save hundreds of pounds at the salon. A starter set is great if you want to try a few different colours and have all the accessories you need, or you can buy a lamp and gel polishes separately.
Rio Professional UV & Gel Nail Polish Lamp, £39.99, Argos
Le Mini Macaron Le Maxi Rouge & Moi Deluxe Gel Manicure Set, £60