Social Distancing can be tough, but it can also be a great opportunity for you to take some time and focus on self-care. If you aren’t sure where to start with your self-care routine, try out this basic skincare routine!
Step 1: Cleanse.
Every good skincare routine starts with a good cleanser! This will help you wash away any impurities and help you maintain your glow! Try to identify what type of skin you have (i.e. dry, combination, oily) and research cleaners that can cater to that. You have to do what works best for you!
Step 2: Tone.
No matter what your skin type is, YOU NEED A TONER! Toners help to balance the pH levels in your skin and prepare it to properly absorb active ingredients in whatever you apply next! It is basically the primer of skincare.
Step 3: Exfoliate.
Exfoliating should be done 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type. This will help you wash away dead skin cells, bumps, and extra-stubborn impurities. It will help your skin reach its full, radiant potential!
Step 4: Moisturize.
Having dehydrated skin can lead to a whole slew of problems! It can cause flakiness, oiliness, and even sensitivity. If you think you don’t need moisturizer because your skin is oily, you are mistaken! Skin produces excess oil to make up for lack of moisture. The more moisture you have, the better your skin will look.
Step 5: Protect.
Even if you’re indoors, it’s important to put on a light layer of facial sunscreen. The sun can be so hard on your skin, even if it’s just coming in from a window! Be sure to make this a habit so then when you are going outside, you will be well equipped to fight off harsh UV rays!
BONUS: Make your own mask at home!
Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.) Voila!