,In early 2020, town after town began recommending "social distancing" as a means of slowing the spread of the deadly Corona Virus. Over time, recommendations turned into Governor demands to "shelter in place". Now, nearly all Non-Essential Businesses have been shut down and we are quarantining at home. As if "normal" life wasn't stressful enough, now we have the added chaos of cooped up kids and their deafening screams, or the loneliness of days and days alone. So how do we turn it all around? With a little self care, of course! Below I have put together some helpful tips and tricks to help you destress AND get your Glow On while you are trapped in your home.
Tip #1- Don't forget to wash your face
If you are like me, you probably haven’t put a stitch of makeup on since they told you to keep your distance from other people. If no one is going to be close enough to see me, what’s the point?! But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to wash your face. Over the course of the day your skin is constantly reacting to the environment, trying to protect you from the oxidative stress caused by pollution, the sun, and all sorts of harmful pathogens. Just because you can’t see how hard it’s working, doesn’t mean it isn’t. You may be a little lazier about your routines these days but at the very least, make sure you are washing the day away every evening. I recommend following up with a moisturizer with antioxidants to help your skin keep fighting those free radicals while you sleep. If the extra time at home is inspiring you to go the extra mile, consider doing a double cleanse. First with an Oil Cleanser to start to break down the pore clogging sebum and second with a water based cleanser to remove and residual oil cleanser and water soluble debris. PS. Water based does not necessarily mean foaming or bubbling cleanser. For sensitive and dry skin types, chose a Cream or Milk Cleanser, massage into damp but not wet skin for 60 Seconds and then rinse.
Tip #2- Get plenty of sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep the stress hormone cortisol increases in the body. Not only is cortisol partially responsible for a little extra weight gain (the quarantine potato chip consumption is responsible for the other half) but it also increases inflammation which can in turn cause flare ups in skin conditions like Acne, Rosacea, and Eczema. Since you have never had time on your hands like this before, don’t skimp on that Beauty Sleep!
Tip #3- Have fun with it!
We have all been stuck at home for weeks now. Some of us are ready to kill our families and some of us are feeling isolated. Whichever you are, you can use your skincare routine as an opportunity to inject some fun and joy into your life. If you are still working, that could mean ordering some new skincare products to play around with. There are some seriously adorable Korean Sheet masks out there that will surely put a smile on your face. If you aren’t working these days, like me, then you might consider more of a DIY approach. Nature is chocked full of powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients if you know where to look! Check out this fun one I did with my kids!
Soothing Cucumber Mask
What you'll need:
2-3 inch length of Cucumber
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Aloe Gel (preferably with no fragrance or alcohol)
Either 1tsp Avocado Oil for a Sheet Mask
OR 1/4 Fresh Smashed Avocado for Cream Mask
Gauze-like material if you are doing the Sheet Mask
How does it work?
I got my DIY Skincare Glow On!