It’s been several weeks since many of us were told to stay at home and practice social distancing. With so much time on our hands, it’s easy to feel stuck in a rut. Yet, this pause is also an opportunity to develop healthy habits that will only benefit you in the future. While there isn’t a one-size-fits all timeframe that measures how long it takes to develop a healthy habit, you can develop 5 healthy habits during quarantine to help you put your best skin forward.
- Clean your makeup brushes
Let’s be honest. We’ve been told to wash our makeup brushes, but few of us admit to actually doing it. Many dermatologists recommend cleaning brushes once per week. It’s a good idea to clean your brushes once per week, or even better, daily. Dirty makeup brushes hold bacteria and dirt, among other particles that wreak havoc to beautiful skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy. Once a week, simply wet the brushes, massage soap into the bristles, rinse the bristles thoroughly, squeeze out excess water and let them sit out to dry. For daily cleaning, spray a makeup cleanser onto bristles and brush the bristles onto a paper towel and lay flat to dry. Time spent each day? Less than 5 minutes.
- Purge your fridge and pantry
While it’s always a good idea to get rid of expired foods, it’s especially important to get rid of foods that aren’t beneficial to your skin. Your skin thrives on a healthy diet chock-full of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains and protein. We get it – working from home can be a drag, so it’s no surprise that hunger pangs can hit and encourage us to reach for the unhealthy snack. Instead, prep healthy snacks such as a fruit salad or vegetables and hummus for a quick, healthy snack whenever cravings strike. And if you’re into cooking like many of us are these days, here are 25 excellent foods for skin that can be incorporated into your daily meal plan.
- Manage stress
This one’s tough because it’s inevitable that we’re all feeling stress these days. However, multiple solutions are available to help ease stress. Stress can wreak havoc to our skin by making skin problems worse or manifesting as new issues such as itchy bumps. Many therapists offer telehealth options, allowing us to meet with therapists virtually. Aside from this, daily meditations, yoga and journaling can help you cope with stress. Consider various guided meditations or a free yoga class through one of many yoga studios across the country.
- Wear sunscreen each day
The weather is getting warmer. And as many of us are quarantined and craving to be outside, our skin shouldn’t be sacrificed. We aren’t all living by a beach, but there’s always the risk of accidental sun exposure from taking a walk outside or driving to the grocery. Be sure to wear sunscreen on your face each day with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin from unintentional sun damage.
- Start that skincare routine
Regardless your skin type, there’s a routine that works best for you. But regardless your skin type, everyone needs a daily sunscreen. Start the day with a cleanser, followed by a sunscreen and end your day with retinol on cleansed skin. Also, applying an eye cream twice per day can help ward off unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Curious if you need other supplements to your skincare routine? We’re happy to provide recommendations!
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