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The Glow-Boosting Salon Treatments We’re Giving Ourselves at Home

We have every intention of returning to our favorite salons and spas. As we’ve ventured out to some of them in the past few months—hello, Tracey Cunningham Salon and Surya Spa in LA, Sally Hershberger Salon and Marie Robinson in New York, and the epic new outpost of The Well spa at the Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut—they’ve impressed us with meticulously followed COVID safety guidelines and social-distancing measures. Still, in the spirit of avoiding nonessential exposures, we’re managing some upkeep and maintenance ourselves. These routines, tips, and tricks should keep you looking good and feeling indulged while we wait this one out just a little longer—with the glowiest skin, shiniest hair, healthiest nails, and sleekest bikini line, all taken care of at home.


Facial for Firm, Supple Skin

No matter your skin type or age, this soothing, firming, moisturizing routine leaves skin sculpted and luminous.

  1. Detoxifying Steamer

    Holding your face over the gentle stream of warm steam feels heavenly, and it helps deep-clean pores, so that any serum or cream you smooth on after—morning or night—penetrates more effectively.

    Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer
    Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer goop, $149
  2. Exfoliating Mask

    The best way to get your glowiest skin is by exfoliating. Inspired by in-office microdermabrasion treatments, this gentle whipped scrub polishes away oil, dead cells, and grime with a combination of microcrystals and glycolic acid, while a blend of moisturizing essential oils leaves skin brighter and smoother. We love smoothing it in after steaming (or during a hot shower).

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm
    Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  3. Depuffing Eye Mask

    When you wake up your eyes, you wake up your entire face. These fit comfortably over the whole undereye area and don’t drip, so you can go about your business—leave them on for about ten minutes to let the blend of prebiotics and hydrating oils go to work making you look like the most well-rested version of yourself. (Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey created them to use on celebrity clients before red carpet events, so trust that their make-you-look-better powers are very real.)

    Jillian Dempsey Hydrating Eye Mask
    Jillian Dempsey Hydrating Eye Mask goop, $75
  4. Antioxidant Superserum

    This bathes your skin in pure treatment, targeting fine lines, moisturizing, and plumping skin with powerful extracts and hyaluronic acid.

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum goop, $350
  5. Instantly Sculpting Nanocurrent

    The microcurrent you get during professional facials is part of the reason you leave looking so lifted and toned. This ingenious device uses electrical current to target any number of concerns—including sagging, breakouts, dullness, and lines—giving skin an immediate boost (and improving it in the long term).

    ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit
    ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit goop, $480


Hair Color, Cut, and Treatment

With the right essentials, keeping your hair looking its shiny, healthy best at home is a lot easier than you think.

  1. Natural-Looking—Clean!—Color

    Whether you’re sprucing up your roots or doing your entire head, this color in a box from legendary French hair colorist Christophe Robin is life-changing. The color lasts for seven shampoos, and the thick, no-drip gel formula is made without the potentially hormone-disrupting, irritating chemicals that go into conventional hair dye.

    Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel
    Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel goop, $35
  2. Easiest Trim

    Unless you’re a hairstylist, aim for a subtle refresh with a trim rather than a full-on new cut. Start with damp hair and trim slowly in the smallest sections possible. (Read this Ask Jean for more details on how to trim.) These scissors are easy to use and professional-hairstylist-level precise.

    FROMM Explore 5.75” Shears
    FROMM Explore 5.75″ Shears goop, $30
  3. Treatments for a Noticeable Difference

    1. Just like skin, the scalp benefits from exfoliation. Use this geranium-and-peppermint-scented scrub once a week to smooth away oil and product buildup; it’s made with big chunks of Himalayan pink salt that feel invigorating as you work in the luxuriously lathering, whipped formula. It leaves your scalp utterly refreshed and your hair smooth, soft, and nourished.

      goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo
      goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan
      Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo
      goop, $42
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    2. This rehabbing deep conditioner is perfect for restoring dry, heat-styled, color-treated, and damaged hair back to silkiness. Work it in after shampooing however many times a week your hair needs and leave it in for ten or so minutes for the most lustrous results.

      Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask
      Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask goop, $42
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    3. The blend of smoothing, detangling, enriching botanicals in this set leaves any hair type amazingly shiny and manageable. And the giant bottles it comes in—omg.

      Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner Set
      Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo
      and Conditioner Set
      goop, $98
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Bikini-Line Maintenance

Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, here’s how to keep the skin and hair in your bikini area smooth, silky, and free of ingrowns.

  1. Ingrown-Fighting Scrub

    The bikini area is prone to ingrown hairs because pubic hair tends to be thicker than hair elsewhere, and going over the area with a gentle scrub a few times a week in the shower makes a big difference. We love this brilliant mask from Fur that sloughs away dead skin with jojoba beads and fruit enzymes as it moisturizes with clary sage oil.

    Fur Silk Scrub
    Fur Silk Scrub goop, $48
  2. Softening Pubic-Hair Oil

    You can’t imagine the miracle workings of this oil until you start regularly smoothing it over your pubic hair and the surrounding skin—do it after a shower or bath, when skin and hair are both damp and more absorbent. The blend of jojoba and tea tree oils and vitamins softens hair to make it more manageable and calms and clarifies skin. (One goop editor swears that using the oil consistently makes waxing about 50 percent less painful, whether you’re doing it yourself at home or going to a professional.)

    Fur Fur Oil
    Fur Fur Oil goop, $46


The (Easy, Glowy) Self-Tan

We love how we look when we’ve gotten a little sun, and amazingly, it now takes minutes and no skill to replicate that glow without the sun damage.

  1. Invisible Tanning Water

    This is hands down our favorite self-tanner, clean or not. It is clear—so there’s no residue or streaking onto white sheets or dresses—blends seamlessly, smells like nothing, and dries instantly, and the color is just the most natural there is. (Note: The mitt is the key to the perfect, even finish.)

    1. Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water
      Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water goop, $33
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    2. Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt
      Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt goop, $5
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  2. Smooth Splotches with Moisturizer

    Dry areas like elbows, tops of toes, knees, and ankles tend to take in more self-tanner, which can create splotches, so dab a bit of rich cream on those spots either right before or right after applying self-tanner.

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing
    Repair Body Butter
    goop, $55/$50 with subscription


Sleek Manicure and Pedicure

Not only does catching a glimpse of your fresh, glossy nails boost your morale; a great manicure catches the light when you’re gesturing on Zoom and makes you look that much more pulled-together.

  1. Everything-You-Need Set

    You get three acetone-free polish-remover pads (one pad can do all ten nails or toes), a nail file, a base- and topcoat in one for the prettiest natural-looking shine, a clipper, and a cuticle pusher all inside the cutest pouch. Genius.

    Cote Classic Set
    Côte Classic Set goop, $42
  2. Perfect Barely-There Polish

    If you’re terrible at painting your nails, choose a pale polish, like this exclusive-to-goop soft pink, which is fantastically forgiving when it comes to smudges.

    Cote x goop Nail Polish (G10)
    Côte x goop Nail Polish (G10) goop, $18
  3. Silky Hand and Foot Cream

    There’s no replacing the way getting a hand and foot massage at the nail salon feels, but a self-massage with one of these rich, plumping creams (bonus: the hand cream has SPF) is delightful nonetheless.

    1. Unsun Hand Cream SPF 15
      Unsun Hand Cream SPF 15 goop, $27
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    2. Lavido Thera-Intensive Foot Cream
      Lavido Thera-Intensive Foot Cream goop, $28
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