8 Easy At-Home Beauty Treatments to Do When You're Bored
Beauty treatments should have an end goal, of course, but they should be fun, too. After all, DIY face masks, hair treatments, and quirky beauty devices are a classic way to pass the time when nothing else sounds fun. Indeed, there are few activities that sound more appealing after a long workday or on a weekend afternoon than a glass of wine, a new episode of The Handmaid's Tale (or Nailed It—whatever floats your boat) and some sort of gooey, wrinkle-reducing concoction slathered all over your face.
We Byrdie editors have tried our fair share of at-home beauty treatments. Some are more confusing, messy, cumbersome, or ineffective than they're worth, but the following are those we genuinely love to play around with when we're bored at home and in the mood for some pampering. Looking for a fun beauty activity to pass the time? Read on for our faves, from quirky moisturising treatments to press-on nails.
1. Hanacure At-Home Facial
Few skincare treatments are buzzier at the moment than this mixable face mask, which is designed to re-create the youth-inducing effects of a professional facial by brightening, contouring, detoxifying, brightening, lifting, and firming the face. It only takes about a minute to prepare and apply, then 30 minutes to take effect, but the results are mindblowing. Just look to our full review by Byrdie's assistant editor Erin Jahns, who tried the product with her 70-year-old parents.
2. Mess-Free Self-Tanning
Self-tanning had always seemed like a burden to me until I got my hands on a bottle of this totally clear, non-stinky, all-natural tanning water. After exfoliating and shaving, I simply spritz this stuff all over and blend it with a mitt. It's so easy, it leaves no stains or smell, and six hours later, I suddenly have a natural-looking tan.
3. Japanese Lotion Pack
Lotion packs have been my favourite way to deeply hydrate my skin at home ever since I learned about the practice on a trip to Tokyo this past spring. You simply douse a number of pure, unbleached cotton sheets in a hydrating lotion or essence, stretch the sheets out super thin, place them all over your face, and leave them there for 15 minutes. When you take them off, your skin is guaranteed to glow to the gods.
4. Jojoba Oil Hair Mask
Jojoba oil has endless benefits for the skin and hair, but one of the simplest and most effective uses is as a treatment hair mask. Simply apply the product all throughout your hair, braid your strands, leave it for a few hours or overnight, and then shampoo. The ingredient, which is composed of 98% monounsaturated fat, works to control dandruff, promote a healthy scalp, moisturise your hair from the inside out, repair damage, and help your hair grow.
5. Cling Wrap Mask
Why do a plain old face mask when you could terrify your roommates and/or live-in lover with a mask covered in cling wrap? The quirky Japanese practice of topping your mask of choice with plastic wrap really works—by sealing in your body heat, it allows your pores to open up and the mask's ingredients to absorb deeply rather than just hanging out on the skin's surface. Just make sure to use BPA-free plastic and cut yourself air holes, people.
6. Turmeric Under-Eye Brightener
Turmeric has been used as a skin-brightening treatment for centuries, and Erin on Team Byrdie swears by it for the under-eye area in particular. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric and one tablespoon of buttermilk, apply the orange mixture to your dark circles with a brush, and expect to look infinitely better-slept after just 15 minutes.
7. Glitter Face Mask
If you're really bored, add some excitement to your day with showy glitter mask. GlamGlow's #GlitterMask uses the same skin-tightening formula as their iconic GravityMud Treatment, but with glitter made out of licorice and marshmallow leaf, because why the hell not?
8. DIY De-Bloater
One of my personal favourite at-home beauty treatments is a topical de-bloating elixir I learned about from Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who is secretly an aromatherapy guru. Her recipe involves a mixture of jojoba oil and essential oils of juniper, grapefruit, black pepper, and geranium (check the more in-depth recipe for specifics). Rub it all over your body when you feel like you're hanging onto water, and behold as the diuretic works its magic.