It’s no secret that 2020 has been one heck of a year. Most of us have spent most of this year in quarantine, trying to figure out what our “new normal” looks like, which includes our self-care routine. A huge part of my daily self-care routine is my skincare, which has definitely changed during quarantine. Skin care during quarantine should definitely be a part of your daily routine and I thought I would share mine with you!
Step One: Water
As soon as I wake up in the morning, I do my best to chug as much water as possible. According to nutritionist Rania Batayneh in her interview with Business Insider, drinking a couple glasses of water right after you wake up is a great way to rehydrate your body after going a whole night without any. According to Batayneh, “Most people have their coffee first thing in the morning. Although it is a good source of antioxidants, it is also dehydrating. You can offset this with water.” Water is also known to increase your alertness and helps to fuel your brain as well. Considering that the human brain is made up of 73% water, Batayneh says “...staying hydrated is especially essential for maintaining optimal brain activity.” In addition to water giving all of us energy in the morning when we need it most, it can also aid our body in eliminating the toxins present while we sleep. Batanyeh says, “By drinking enough water, you can speed up the process in which your body flushes those toxins.”
In my opinion, water is the ultimate skincare hack because it’s one of the easiest things to incorporate into your daily routine, especially when we’re in quarantine. It’s one of my personal favorite quarantine skin care tips that I’ve come across and it’s definitely one you should include into your self-care routine as well.
Step Two: Cleanser
Cleansing your face is one of the most important parts of your skin care routine and has many important benefits and functions. According to board-certified dermatologist Lela Lankerani, one of the main benefits of “facial cleansing is the removal of dirt, oil, and unwanted debris.” Lankerani also mentions that throughout our day “the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells.” By washing your face once to twice a day, you’re able to remove all of these impurities and prepare your skin for all of the skin-loving ingredients it needs, such as the argan oil in our Facial Glow Oil #8.
I personally use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser every morning and night, and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin feel silky smooth and it’s also vegan and cruelty free which is always at the top of my list when evaluating what products I want to use on my skin because it matters! Before applying the cleanser, I splash my face with warm water and pump a dime sized amount into my hand and rub it over my face for about 10-15 seconds. To wash it off, I splash my face with water until it’s all gone.
Step Three: Toner
Facial toner has recently become a common part of any skincare routine and is basically the in-between step of your entire routine, after washing your face but before you apply any moisturizer or oils. According to dermatologist Dr. Christine Kim, “face toners prep the skin for moisturizers and serums while getting rid of excess oil and stubborn dirt or makeup leftover on your face after you wash it.” In my personal opinion, facial toner is one of my must-have skincare products and has become a more prominent part of my skin care during quarantine.
According to Dr. Hadley King, an NYC based dermatologist, she says “Toners are most helpful and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen.” Some other benefits of toner that King mentions are:
- It can shrink your pores, as it removes excess oil from your skin and gives the appearance of smaller pores.
- It can restore your skin’s pH balance. King says that our skin’s pH is naturally acidic, and using a toner can help to restore your skin’s balance.
- It can act as a moisturizer for your skin, which is especially helpful if you have naturally dry skin.
For toner, I use Mediheal’s N.M.F. Intensive Hydrating Toner for. This toner makes my skin feel super moisturized and contains the moisturizing NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor), which is naturally produced by our skin to keep it hydrated. According to Mediheal, the NMF is “an essential layer of ingredients that attract and seal in water —- organic humectants, lipids, amino acids, sugars, minerals, peptides, and more.”
Step Four: Moisturizer
We all know how important hydration is to our skin, but how important is it really? Moisturization “is an important step to maintain your skin’s healthy cells and to protect it from irritation” and it can also help to prevent future breakouts. It can also help to balance your skin’s complexion. My skin is naturally on the dry skin, so moisturizing my skin is super important for me. The moisturizer I use is called N.M.F. Intensive Hydrating Cream, which has most of the same ingredients as the toner I use. Using moisturizer is also a great way to keep your skin soft and supple, in addition to drinking water. According to the University of Tennessee Medical Center using a moisturizer “everyday can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness.”
Step Five: Facial Oil
It’s no secret that I am absolutely in love with our Facial Glow Oil, but having a facial oil as part of my daily skincare routine has seriously been a game changer. Facial oils have been increasing in popularity, especially since the beginning of quarantine, but they are definitely a part of my top quarantine skin care tips. According to the Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at Mount Sinai West in New York City, Dr. Noelani Gonzalez, “our skin naturally makes oils and lipids, which help prevent water loss from our skin and keep it hydrated. Face oils are substances that help complement our natural oils.”
Our oil is packed with argan oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, hemp-derived CBD, frankincense, myrrh, and jasmine. I’ve noticed such a significant difference in my skin after I’ve started using our oil, and I look and feel super glowy. My skin feels softer and more supple, and all around just healthier. This is the last step in my skincare routine and I will never go back to not using this oil.
My skincare routine is unique to me and my skin, and it might not work for everyone - which is okay! I encourage all of you to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for your own skin because your skin will probably need something different than mine.
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