How to do the treatment yourself as salons reopen with restrictions

Treat yourself to a facial with these expert-recommended products and tools: iStock
Treat yourself to a facial with these expert-recommended products and tools: iStock

Lockdown has taken its toll on our beauty routines. From ditching the makeup products to barely brushing our hair some days, a stripped-back approach has been embraced.

Our skin has taken a hit too. Dr Susan Mayou, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, previously spoke to The Independent about why many people have seen an increase in dryness and spots.

“Stress is a recognised trigger for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, so it’s unsurprising that more people are reporting breakouts at this uncertain and very stressful time,” she says, adding that mindfulness, meditation and exercise are all great ways to relax and refocus.

Pre lockdown, you might have booked in a facial, where an expert can personalise treatments for you and identify what your skin needs.

However as we slowly emerge from lockdown and

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Comic-Con 2020 Announces ‘At Home’ Lineup (Updating)

Comic-Con is going virtual this year, and though the 2020 installment of the annual event isn’t taking place in the usual San Diego Convention Center, the upcoming [email protected] festival will still feature plenty of panels and high-profile exhibitors.

Event organizers have begun to announce the schedule for the upcoming virtual event, which will be free and open to the public. Check below for the Comic-Con schedule (all times are Pacific Standard):

3-4 p.m.

GeekED: Re-storied: Re-imagining creative privilege: A discussion about getting more diverse voices into entertainment and how the narrative landscape is evolving in schools, life performances, and digital experiences.

Teaching and Learning with Comics: Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (Stanford University) will lead a panel on the practical activities and theory involved in teaching with comics.

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The Black-owned fashion brand lighting up country music

Neon Cowboys: The Black-owned fashion brand lighting up country music
Neon Cowboys: The Black-owned fashion brand lighting up country music

Asia Hall got the idea for Neon Cowboys at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California one year. Each time she’d attended the festival prior to that moment, Hall had reveled in watching the Coachella and country music kids come together around something they loved, welcoming each other with open arms. Hall wanted to make something for them that was unique; something that would stand out and signal the beginning of a more inclusive country music culture.

So, she got some neon wire and some cowboy hats, and made 13 prototypes for what would eventually become the wildly popular light-up cowboy hats that have taken the internet by storm. She and some friends wore the prototypes to Stagecoach the following year and got an enormous amount of attention; that’s when Hall knew she was onto something. “Because I’m also a

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The gifts fans of the Mexican artist will love

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iStock/The Independent

Frida Kahlo is considered one of the most influential and important artists of all time, not least because of her captivating art, but for her fighter spirit and determination.

Known for her strong voice and bravery, Frida’s activism and feminism pushed boundaries and pioneered new forms of art through her authentic depictions of Mexican culture and the female experience.

At the age of six, Kahlo contracted polio and quickly became familiar with the awkwardness of a weakened, growing body. But, following a near fatal bus accident at 18, she sustained a range of further injuries – including a broken spinal column, collarbone, ribs and pelvis. A metal rail also pierced her abdomen, which caused her to be infertile, something that was well documented in her paintings. Her physical condition profoundly shaped her life, yet, it was something that she used to continually empower her work, making her a

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