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Finding a Skincare Routine During Stressful Times

Whether you’re looking to get into a skincare routine, or trying to find the motivation to stick to one during this stressful time, there are a few basics that are helpful to follow as we find ourselves in our homes and trying to maintain a routine and find some semblance of normalcy.

  • Create a morning routine, and keep it. This could include things you might normally do such as making the bed, making breakfast, etc. However, it’s also important to act as though you’d be heading out the door as usual and not staying home. While it’s certainly understandable to be more relaxed with your typical dress or makeup routine, things like hygiene, and even skincare, are essential to not only feeling physically good, but have a sizable impact on mental health. Attaching a skincare routine to morning dental or hair routines can help assure it gets done.
  • Sometimes less is more. If you already have an extensive routine that works, by all means, continue! However, especially for those beginning their skincare journey, a multi-step system can feel overwhelming, confusing, and not realistic to stick to. Similarly, sometimes when life is stressful, typical routines feel like more than you can commit to twice a day. At the very least, a skincare routine should consist of cleansing and moisturizing twice a day. These two steps not only are essential for healthy skin, the action of gently massaging the face gets blood circulating and as a physical action of self-care, can lift spirits. 
  • Want to add on to the basics? It’s important to understand what type of skin you have (dry, oily, combination), as well as figure out what area or problem you want to target. Putting products onto your skin without a plan can at best, clog up your pores, and at worst, cause extreme reactions such as redness, rashes or breakouts. For very specific concerns, it’s always best to consult a dermatologist, however under current social distancing standards that is unfortunately something that would have to be postponed.

Lastly, have fun and try to enjoy the ‘me-time’ you’re carving out in your day. True, it’s good for your skin, but skincare is also a way to care for your mind and soul.

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