The long, dreary winter months can leave us feeling somewhat flat at times. And let’s be honest, this winter feels longer than most!

As the weekdays blend into weekends and we continue to juggle family needs, home-schooling and work from home demands, there’s never been a more important time to check in on yourself and indulge in some self-care. 

If you’re feeling a little washed out and in need of a pick-me-up, there are many Central Geelong businesses continuing to offer a range of products, services and virtual experiences to help you keep a spring in your step and maintain your glow from home.

Serenity Skin and Body Care’s skincare experts can provide you with a complimentary virtual consult to diagnose your skin and recommend personalised home solutions to keep your skin bright and illuminated during the winter months. They are also providing two complimentary samples with all online orders. Visit www.ellabache.com.au to book your virtual consult or browse their skincare range.

If you, like many others are suffering from ‘maskne’ - acne or breakouts caused by mask wearing, visit the award-winning Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic online and view their range of products to help sooth and calm your skin. Their Stressed Skin Pack has been designed to give your skin a professional boost in the comfort of your own home and ensure you’re looking your best at your next zoom meeting. Purchase on line at www.bodyrecon.com.au or click and collect directly from their clinic in Ryrie Street.

Waterfront Health Studio is temporarily closed however their team of skilled physiotherapists are still able to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals from home. Using telehealth, Waterfront Health Studio will explore your current abilities and functional needs and plan a home-based program to help you be your personal best even during these tricky times.

If your work from home office has literally become a pain in your neck, Waterfront Health Studio can also provide an individualised assessment to ensure you are ergonomically set up and prescribe a personalised stretching program to avoid the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Book online at www.waterfronthealthstudio.com.au

Blondie Hair + Cosmetica in Ryrie Street is offering a live, online Q & A session this Friday 28th August hosted by their dermal clinician and guest naturopath ‘The Clear Skin Coach’ who specialises in acne and women’s hormones. This is a unique opportunity to tune in and learn about all things skin nutrition. Follow Blondie @blondie.skin on Instagram for details.

Luminosity Skin and Laser Clinic has created a Hydrate and Repair Pack to nourish and hydrate your skin and combat the effects of mask wearing and the harsh winter weather. Check out their huge range of skincare products you can safely use at home at www.luminosityskin.com.au

Now your skin is feeling and looking fabulous, how about a total mind and body workout with the happy people at Good Folk Yoga? They offer a pre-recorded library of over 125 classes ranging from 15 – 60 minutes plus five live streamed classes each week.  If you would like to try before you buy, visit www.goodfolkyoga.com.au for a free 35 minutes session and a sneak peek into their online studio.

Smellies in Moorabool Street can also help you spoil yourself with a beautifully packaged Wellness Box delivered to your door containing a range of Australian made and owned self-care products including hand cream, soap, hand poured candles, organic tea, a Love Lavender heat pack and more. Browse their wonderful range of goodies at www.smellies.com.au 

And of course, there’s always the humble bath, a simple yet tried and tested way to relax and sooth the soul at home.

A good bath is not complete without an uplifting scented candle to set the mood. Townhouse Living in Yarra Street stock a wide range of charming and mood elevating candles by The Aromatherapy Co. and Miel D’Ete. Visit www.townhouse-living.com.au to view their range.

And finally, perfect your bath experience with a range of gorgeous products available from Our Satellite Hearts’ in James Street. Their online store stocks the Bopo Women range including the Stardust Organic Sugar Scrub, Goddess Bath Soap or Bath Soak Trilogy Set. Or for an extra treat, check out their best-selling Self Love Gift Set complete with body oil and a crystal infused essential oil roller. Visit www.oursatelitehearts.com.au find a product to suit you.

To find out how Central Geelong businesses have been doing things differently and to find out more about how you can keep supporting local businesses visit www.centralgeelong.com.au/news/central-geelong-businesses-doing-things-differently-covid-19 or download the Love Central Geelong app