Social Distancing Activities: Self-Care Edition

With most of the country advised to stay indoors and practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, this is the perfect time to practice self-care to relax and treat yourself—especially during a time where everything feels unsettling and people may be feeling anxious. These are the 7 self-care rituals I have been practicing to cope.

Layer face masks.

I use this technique in my routine to achieve glass skin, and because there’s more time to do masks, why not use it to give your skin extra love? I usually start with a clay mask (right now I’m using the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque), then follow up with a Korean sheet mask or an overnight mask to lock in hydration. My favorite overnight mask of the moment is the Laneige Lavender Water Sleep Mask. Lavender is my favorite scent when I’m trying to relax, plus this mask contains hyaluronic acid.

Use up beauty samples.

If you’ve ever ordered from Sephora or Ulta or even shopped at a Korean skincare store, you probably have a stash of beauty samples. Right now is the perfect time to use them up and try out new products—especially if you run out of any full-size products. I’ve already run out of toner and moisturizer and I’m thankful I have a trove of skincare samples to hold me over until I am able to repurchase my usual products.

Paint your nails.

I used to paint my nails all of the time until I discovered my favorite nail salon in New York City: tenoverten. They specialize in their own line of non-toxic nail polishes, which was important to me because my nails have been peeling a lot over the past year. Unfortunately, their salons are closed right now, so I am now reconnecting with my nail polish and my old ways of painting my nails. When my nails are painted, I just feel more put together and it makes me happy to look at.

Get your beauty sleep.

One of the upsides to being confined at home is you can sleep in a little bit longer. A key beauty benefit of sleeping for a full 8 hours is that it gives your skin cells time to regenerate. It’s a great way to ensure any nighttime skincare you’re using will absorb into your skin, and is also an opportunity to use an overnight mask for extra hydration, so it’s a win-win for your skin.

Go makeup-free.

I have not worn makeup in almost a month, which might be the longest I’ve gone without wearing makeup in a while. It’s been nice to give my skin a break and I’m seeing a difference in the overall glow of my skin. Plus, not going outside means my skin is not being exposed to pollution or environmental stressors, so that has made a noticeable difference as well.

Grow out your eyebrows.

Hear me out on this one: if you’ve been waxing or threading your eyebrows consistently and wish they were thicker, it is the perfect time to let them grow out and not touch your tweezers. Who else is going to see you besides people on Zoom? It’s been 2 months since I’ve gotten my eyebrows threaded and they’re starting to look like a mess, but once I get them cleaned up when this is all over, they’ll be at the peak thickness. This is also a good time to grow your hair out if you had a bad haircut. Things might be looking hairy now, but it’ll be worth it once you can return to regular grooming routines, I promise. I’m right there with you.

Perform a ritual.

Something I do when I need to cleanse the energy in my space is either light palo santo or burn sage. I like to recite a mantra and meditate either before or after to solidify my affirmations. Or, I also like to just burn a scented candle or smell my favorite scent: lavender. The idea is to approach each step of whatever ritual with intention, even if it’s preparing a bath (which I really wish I could do but I don’t have a bathtub anymore, otherwise that would’ve made this list for sure) and setting up a candle, glass of wine, book or TV show. Whatever it is, taking the time to do it is a good way to be mindful, but it also makes the little things feel more special.

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