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Coronavirus ‘lockdown glow up’ is making Britain more beautiful
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In a culture-shock moment earlier this week, the UK went into lockdown.

No more parties, clubs, eating out or football games.

For three weeks, no shopping, going to the gym or dating.

So, what will we be getting up to in three weeks of isolation?

Well, self-isolation may be enhancing Britain’s natural beauty – an expert explains.

We’re giving ourselves an extended self-care moment – and we’re ready to look better than ever.

Dr Vikram Rajkomar, Pall Mall Medical’s Consultant Dermatologist sheds light on how the government’s three-week lockdown could be the best thing to happen to our constantly prepped, primed and preened appearances.

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Now, Brits have been confined to the safety of their homes much of the population is feeling anxious, with a touch of cabin fever.

However, for the glamazons of the UK, self-isolation could be a welcome change from the pressures of Instagram readiness.

As we swap our workwear for pj’s, and turn dining rooms into home offices, our everyday beauty routines have taken a nosedive.

But, could our new low-maintenance regimes be enhancing our natural beauty?

Foundation free faces

Dr Vikram said: “For many British women, applying makeup is as embedded in their morning routine as brushing their teeth and it’s becoming increasingly more popular amongst men.

“Our skin is a common insecurity and using foundations and concealers gives many of us the confidence we need to face the day.

“However, the constant application of these products, which often sit on the skin for nine hours or more, can leave us with clogged pores and overly oily or dry complexations.

He added: “Though these products certainly mask our skin issues, they actually contribute to the underlying problem.”

With less need to slap on tanner and foundation, our skin will clear up and begin to glow (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

What we’ll see three weeks later:

Dr Vikram commented: “After a three-week break from wearing base makeup products, you will expect to see a brighter, clearer complexation.

“With the help of a gentle alcohol-free exfoliating face wash and frequent use of moisturiser (ensuring it is gel-based if you suffer with oily skin), your pores will appear smaller and less clogged, leaving you with the confidence to go bare faced.”

Orange is the New Black

“Fake tan has become more of a staple amongst British women than the little black dress, with plenty of men jumping on the trend too,” said Dr Vikram.

He continued: “Fake tan is a great way to achieve a summer glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays.

“Though fake tan should be praised as it a healthy alternative for sun-worshippers, similar to foundations, it can clog your pores resulting in acne on the face, back and chest.

“In addition to this, new ‘quick dry’ formulas may spare your white bed sheets but can lead to extreme dryness on the elbows, knees and shins.”

Thousands of British girls and women don’t consider themselves ‘ready’ without their fake tan.. well now, their skin can take a much-deserved break (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

What we’ll see three weeks later:

Dr Vikram noted: “A three-week holiday from the constant cycle of scrubbing and reapplying fake tan will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother than ever, as your skin will begin to repair any damage caused from scrubbing stubborn patches.

“Ensure you continue to moisturise daily. Pores are often only thought of as being in your T-zone however they actually cover your entire body.”

We’d recommend using a non-comedogenic lotion, like the Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser, £12.99, Superdrug.

“A break from bronzing will drastically decrease any signs of acne or blackheads on your face, chest and back.”

With less fake tan and sunlight, radiant skin… is in! (Image: Getty Images)

Oily hair, don’t care

Dr Vikram said: “Perfect luscious locks are a must for men and women alike but to achieve these dreamy hairstyles, many of us are washing our hair daily with shampoo and conditioner.

“Though the immediate result of using products look great, over washing our hair is actually doing more harm than good.”

He went on: “These products strip our hair of its natural oils, which stop the hair from becoming too dry, meaning it is more susceptible to breakage. In addition to this, the constant application of chemicals to our scalp can create itchy dry patches and dandruff.”

When you do wash your hair, try and use a clarifying shampoo once every week or two weeks.

Clarifying shampoos like the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, £22.50, Look Fantastic, remove product buildup on the hair and scalp rather than adding to it.

What we’ll see three weeks later:

Dr Vikram said: “Reducing the frequency at which you wash your hair whilst self-isolating will allow your hairs natural oils to thrive.

‘These oils may not look or feel the best, but they are actually rich in nutrients, creating stronger, thicker hair follicles.”

Keep hair in a bun, off your skin, to prevent breakouts (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

What we’ll see after three weeks later:

Dr Vikram noted: “After three weeks, your hair will appear longer, thicker and glossier. It’s important to note that whilst oily hair is a treat for your follicles, the same can’t be said for your skin.

“Aim to keep hair off your face, and opt for ponytails and braids over buns to avoid split ends.”

Heat-free hairstyles

Dr Vikram added: “In addition to not washing our hair as often, Brits will find themselves styling their hair even less as the need for perfectly sleek locks goes out the door.

“Straightening, curling and waving techniques can dramatically change the appearance and texture of our hair with beautiful results.

“However, the extreme heat used to create these looks can be damaging.”

H continued: “High temperatures create irreversible damage to the hair strands, such as split ends and breakage, which will ultimately result in the affected areas having to be cut off.”

Over processed hair can begin to recover (Image: Getty Images/Westend61)

What we’ll see three weeks later

Dr Vikram said:“Putting the curling wand down for three weeks and allowing the hair to dry naturally will restore strength to the hair, resulting in it being able to grow longer and thicker.”

If you have frizzy or unruly hair then apply a small amount of coconut or argon oil to damp hair for a sleeker yet healthy appearance.

We like The Ordinary Cold-Pressed Argan Oil, £5.90, Cult Beauty.

If your hair is limp or flat then letting it dry in a loose braid will add beauty waves without the heat damage.

So, put the false tanner in the cupboard, bare your fresh face and leave your hair in a pony tail.

Easy.

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