With the endless news concerning quarantines and COVID-19, it’s natural to feel emotionally overwhelmed. It’s a time where uncertainty and fear are unquestionably present for millions of people around the world. At this moment family, health and finances are rightfully everyone’s main priorities.
During this period of chaos, it’s easy to push things you love doing – like skincare, dancing, and exercising – to the side. However, it’s important to remember to take a step back, breathe and do the things you enjoy. Making time to practice self-care at home can prove beneficial to your mental health during the quarantine.
I know it may seem odd talking about skincare in the middle of a pandemic, but this may be a great time to focus on yourself. Throughout the last few days of this social-distancing period, my skincare routine has given me a short escape from the nasty reality happening outdoors. It has been a self-pampering ritual that has allowed me some very-much-needed distraction each day.
With most of us under some sort of quarantine, you most likely have time to get acquainted with your own skin. So whether you are new to skincare and looking to start a routine or are a seasoned veteran looking to switch up your products, you can use this time to your benefit. Here are 3 things you and your skin can do to take advantage of the social-distancing period.
1. Get to know your skin
This may seem like a given, but understanding your skin is crucial to the skincare journey. Take this quarantine period to examine your skin, get to know your skin type, understand your problem areas and more. The more you know about your skin the better suited you will be to help improve it. Your skin type is going to be a huge indicator of your skin needs, so make sure you pay attention to what your skin is telling you. Here are a few things you can do to get to know your skin better:
- Find your skin type (Here are a few videos from some of my favorite skincare vloggers that can help you! Video 1 – Video 2)
- Ask yourself what your skin concerns are (e.g. Am I prone to acne? Do I have excess oil? Is my skin dehydrated?)
- Research what skincare products work best for your skin type
2. Read Skincare Product Reviews
If there has been a product or a brand that you’ve been eyeing, you can use this time to look at online reviews. Looking at online reviews on retailers like Ulta and Sephora can help you get a better understanding of what the online community is saying about the product or brand you’re interested in. Do your diligent research before fully committing to the product.
3. Test out new products
It’s time to improve your skin! Take advantage of this quarantine to try out new skincare products. If you’re like me, you most likely have tons of new untouched goods that you’re eager to use. Utilize this time as a trial period to see whether these products are a good fit for your skin.
Incorporating new items into your routine can potentially lead to pesky breakouts or other skin reactions. If you react negatively to a new product, you can simply use the social-distancing period to heal.
Two things to do when testing/buying new products:
- Do your research on the product
- Patch test new products to see how your skin reacts before fully applying all over your face
Practicing self-care is the way that I’ve been able to cope with my emotions during this sensitive time. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos around you. So during trying times like this, it’s crucial to be good to yourself and to others around you. Support each other in whatever way possible. I know shit is wild, but let’s have hope!
Stay safe, stay indoors and stay healthy!