11 At-Home Beauty Rituals That Immediately Lift Our Mood

Erin Jahns

No matter what is happening, it can be easy to forget how much we can (and totally should) do from the comfort of our own homes. In fact, almost any fancy beauty treatment, appointment or pastime can translate to a more relaxing and uplifting nature if we get a little creative with our home base setting. 

Right now, our goal is to help lift spirits and to help you find happiness and joy in the little things —whether it's treating yourself to a muscle-loosening bath bomb in the tub or finally experimenting with that collection of glitter and bold-hued eyeliners that have been collecting dust on top of your dressing table (even if no one will see the results except you.) 

Below, we're sharing 11 of our favourite mood-boosting beauty rituals (accessorised with the most-qualified products) we love to do at home. Not only will they make you look more glowy and bright-eyed, but they will also help lift your spirits. Keep scrolling—we're challenging your beauty and self-care routine to keep on beating just as determinedly as it always has. 

Ritual #1: Give Yourself a Full-Body Detox

We're talking the full shebang: Start with dry brushing (work your way up starting with your feet and legs), followed by a bath or shower wherein you use a body scrub, and finish with your body moisturiser. You can even make your ritual extra decadent by layering a fast-absorbing oil (preferably one that smells heavenly) with an ultra-rich body cream or lotion—either a formula that's like-smelling or unscented.

By the end of your detox ritual, circulation and blood flow will be increased, dulling dead skin cells will be sloughed off, and a thick coat of gleaming hydration will be sealed into every limb. 

Shop the Ritual: 

The Brush:

Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft (£25)

The Scrub:

Fresh The Original Brown Sugar Body Polish (£59)

The Oil:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® Multipurpose Oil (£30)

The Cream:

By Terry Baume de Rose La Creme Corps Body Cream (£59)

Ritual #2: Mask All Over

These days, there's a mask for every single part of our body. There are the more common elixirs to mend our strands and enhance our complexions, but there are also genius masks for our hands, our neck, our eyes, our feet, our lips, our body, even our bikini area and bum. Spread your treatments out over the week or go full throttle in one day. 

Shop the Ritual:

The Hair Mask:

We Are Paradoxxx Game Changer Multi-Task Hair Mask (£27)

The Face Mask:

Caudalie Moisturising Mask (£22)

The Hand Mask:

Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand and Cuticle Mask (£10)

The Neck Mask:

Oh K! Korean Pomegranate Tech Neck Mask (£7)

The Eye Mask:

Skyn Icleand Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (£25)

The Foot Mask:

Starskin Magic Hour™ Exfoliating Double-Layer Foot Mask Socks (£12)

The Lip Mask:

KNC Beauty The Lip Mask (£4)

The Body Mask:

Kayo Detox Mask to Scrub (£54)

Ritual #3: Spritz a Fresh Scent

I don't know about you, but even if I'm at home all day, nothing feels as grounding as starting my routine with a spritz of my favourite fragrance. Not only will you smell lovely, but you'll feel fresh and ready to take the day on—even if it's from your sofa or at-home workspace. Some of my favourite new spring debuts are below.

Shop the Ritual:


Serge Lutens Des Clous pour une Pelure Eau de Parfum (£110)

Warm & Spicy:

Ex Nihilo Explicite Eau de Parfum (£165)

Light & Floral:

Dior Miss Dior Rose N'Roses Eau de Toilette (£65)

Ritual #4: Play With Your Makeup

I'll be honest. Even as a beauty editor, I rarely stray from my go-to makeup aesthetic. A) I don't want to run the risk of having an epic colour or liner fail prior to an important meeting or event. B) It simply requires a bit more time and trial and error. If you're at home, no one will see the results except for you and your fellow inhabitants, and without a commute, you'll also have some extra time to experiment. Below, some of the new and exciting products I can't wait to sink my teeth into. 

Shop the Ritual:

Hermès Rouge Hermes Satin Lipstick (£58)

Gucci Mascara L'Obscur (£30)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Liquid Gel Eyeliner in Tw(ink)le (£25)

Westman Atelier Lip Suede (£75)

Ritual #5: Experiment With a New Hair Toy

Similar to how I never change up my makeup routine, so goes my hair MO. But when you're not seeing as many faces throughout the day or when you have more time to switch things up, it's the perfect time to try a new look, test out a tool that feels intimidating, or tackle a skill (like a blow dry) you just haven't had the patience to master quite yet. 

Shop the Ritual

For Retro Waves:

Amika High Tide Deep Waver (£90)

For Super-Sleek Strands:

Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener (£400)

For the Easiest At-Home Blow Dry:

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush (£60)

Ritual #6: Give Yourself a Full Facial

Now is a good time to treat yourself to a full, start-to-finish facial. Of course, you can use the products you already love and have on hand, or you can opt to try some new travel-size formulas of the most-wanted highly rated products. Who knows, you might find a few new favorites.

Shop the Ritual: 

Harvey Nichols Spring Beauty Gift (£195)

For a limited time only, when Rewards members spend £195 on beauty online at Harvey Nichols (across three or more products), you can receive this rather impressive bag of beauty goodies worth £600. Perfect for those that might want to try something new. 

Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0 (£76)

Glow Recipe Glass Skin Set (£49)

Ritual #7: Indulge With an At-Home Mani/Pedi

Sure, salon manicures are nice, but we actually prefer doing the treatment at home. There's something so soothing about the act of painting your nails, and what's better than giving your hands and feet some much-needed TLC while watching your favourite TV show or movie and sipping on something cosy?

Shop the Ritual: 

Seoulista Beauty Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure (£8)

Mylee The Full Works Professional Gel Nail Polish LED Kit (£100)

Ritual #8: Give Yourself a Glow-Up

Giving yourself a sun-kissed glow courtesy of some skin-loving products can feel like a treat, and a little bit of extra radiance might put a spring in your step. Plus, there are so many cool new products and formulas to experiment with these days. 

Shop the Ritual:

For a Quick Hit of Shimmer & Shade:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Away Bronzing Coconut Body Stick (£36)

For Long-Lasting Color:

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse (£25)

For a Gradual Build:

Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops (£35)

Ritual #9: Take a Really Dreamy Bath

There's nothing like a warm, relaxing bubble bath that can melt away stress and help you retreat into a separate sanctuary of your home. I recommend going all the way—light a candle, start your diffuser and throw in muscle- and skin-soothing extras like bubbles, salts or even a CBD-spiked bath bomb. Please—the bougier the better!

Shop the Ritual: 

The Scented Candle:

Goop Scented Candle: Edition 04 - Orchard (£66)

The Diffuser:

Rituals The Perfume Genie (£99)

Pursoma Hot Tub Bath Soak (£35)

The Bubble Bath:

Susanne Kaufmann Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath (£47)

The Bath Bomb:

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb (£4)

Ritual #10: Relieve Tension in Your Face

Fun fact: We hold a heck of a lot of tension in our face, and it's also where we can retain extra fluid, puff, shadows and other telltale signs of anxiety or worry. If you're at home, take some time to soothe your skin, roll out the kinks, boost lymphatic drainage and calm your soul. You might feel better, and your complexion will look significantly more radiant. Below are the most-wanted devices beauty editors and celebrities continually gush over for smooth, clear and sculpted results.

Shop the Ritual: 

To Calm & De-Puff:

Georgia Louise Cryo Freeze Tools (£133)

To Plump & Glow:

BeautyBio GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool (£199)

To Sculpt & Chisel:

Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar (£185)

To Firm & Tighten:

NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device (£167)

Ritual #11: Smile Facials Are a Thing—and You Should Try One

This is not a drill: Chic restorative and cosmetic dentistry practices are now featuring treatment options touted as smile facials, which basically give your mouth, teeth, and lips the TLC you probably don't give them during your regular day-to-day. Sure, it might sound a tad over the top, but we also think it's kind of brilliant. 

Shop the Ritual:

Facial Massage:

Skin Gym Face Sculptor (£81)

Tongue Scraper:

East by West Tongue Tingler (£12)

Gum Gel:

Apa Beauty Apa Pink (£20)

Tooth Paste:

Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (£7)

Lip Scrub:

Lanolips Lemonaid Scrubba Balm (£13)

Lip Volumiser:

La Mer The Lip Volumizer (£65)

Up next, how to carry out the ultimate daily skincare routine.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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