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March 19, 2020

During These Tough Times, This Is How Skincare Becomes Self-Care for Me

Don’t let anyone make you feel vain, frivolous, or guilty. In times of high anxiety, that’s when skincare as self-care becomes even more important.


 

I’ve written before about turning to skincare in times in high anxiety, and this time is no different. With increasingly scary news flooding our inboxes, feeds, and streams, it’s hard not to be an anxious mess. In my city, all the schools have closed, my husband and I have been ordered to work remotely, and as a high-risk household, we are practicing complete isolation. Thankfully, my old friend skincare has been here to ease my anxiety. For those minutes spent centering myself with my ritual, I am calm, however briefly, and it’s totally worth it.

 

Along with the usual emergency prep, I made sure to order my favorite skincare products I was running low on. Call it stupid, call it vain — I call it self-care, and my mental health agrees.

 

As boredom and the tedium of self-isolation set in, I decided to set some small goals for myself to make the most of my time cooped up in our small city home. I vowed to read more quality content (books instead of gossip sites), make sure to do some small exercises to make up for the lack of walking I’d be doing, and to baby my skin like the superstar protective organ it is.

 

 

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Honestly, if you’ve ever felt guilty about your skincare routine, now is the time to put it to rest once and for all. Skincare IS self-care, and self-care leads to better moods, reduced anxiety, stronger resilience, and an overall happier you. And listen, if your skincare steps get you there, don’t let anyone tell you anything any different. The world seems out of control right now, and if a sheet mask makes you feel a little better within yourself and in that moment, who is anyone to begrudge you? If painting your nails makes you breathe a little easier for a minute, break out that paint, baby!

 

We are going to get through this, and we’re going to emerge that much more thankful for the little things. Now’s the time to explore yourself, take stock of everything, get rid of anything that doesn’t work for you, and cherish the things that do. For me? That’s my family, my pets, my work, and yes, my skincare.

 

The following is my morning ritual:

 

* Wakeup, kiss everyone good morning.

 

* Turn on a soothing (or funny) podcast

 

* Head to the bathroom

 

 

 

 

* Mix my vitamin C powder with my SanDaWha toner and apply

 

* Smooth on my serum du jour

 

* Pick out my sheet mask for the morning and apply

 

* Massage over my mask with my jade roller while listening to whatever podcast

 

* Massage in oil

 

* Apply emulsion

 

* Smooth on my cream to seal it all in

 

Sounds like a pretty blasé skincare routine, right? Like the hundreds of others you’ve read about before. But for me, it’s so much more. By the end of all this, I feel like I’m more prepared mentally for my day. Like a little Zen meditation session to set a calming tone until I repeat it all over again that night.

 

I’m not saying it works for everyone, and I’m sure lots of people might roll their eyes at me, but if you’re feeling upset or anxious in these trying times, it can’t hurt to throw yourself a little love, whichever way works for you. Like I said, we’re going to get through this, and some of us might even emerge from our anxiety cocoons with a little extra glow — along with some hope for the future.

 

How are you taking care of yourself during these turbulent times? Do you turn to skincare as self-care? Share how you’re feeling and any tips that might help others!

 

 

Coco Park is an author, beauty journalist, blogger, podcast host, and all around oddball living in Montreal Quebec with her family. Originally from the southern USA, she worked for several years in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist and holds a certificate in esthetics. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Want to know more? Check her out on the Beauty Beyond Basics podcast, on her blog TheBeautyWolf.com, on Instagram @thebeautywolf, and in her book "Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup."

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COMMENTS 17

mnghieem

I feel like during these times I've been so unmotivated to do anything but after reading this article I feel so motivated. I'm glad we are in a community where everyone is able to support and lift each other up.

brookeoneil

My skincare has become my favorite time of the day every morning and night. With everything else so unsure at the time its comforting to have something in my control and a routine to stick to.

viviennemanuel

Now that Ive been home, my skin care routine is what keeps me sane. I miss working and being around my colleagues, its easy to just stay in bed and eat all the snacks in my pantry. I love waking up in the morning and doing something that not only is good for me, but it gets me out of bed! Also, having a night time routine helps me stick to a healthy sleep cycle!

preslieperez

Self care is different for everyone. Skincare and makeup are things I love to do for myself, especially during self isolation. It helps me stick to a routine even if I am working from home and may want to slack off.

sarahcontreras

I have turned to skin care for sure, as well as art. I love wearing my AHA and BHA masks and retinol serums at the end of the day, and it definitely helps with my acne (and away from sun light). I also like to let my skin soak up my skin care products while doodling or on a call with a friend. :) Also spring cleaning and decluttering my living space!

annecontreras

Even before the pandemic, my skincare routines were the highlights of my day. Now taking care of my skin feels more special/important than ever.

wuzhentie

I went through my make-up drawers, and took the timet to read each label. With a clear idea of what each step does, it gave me a better idea of what other products I need to get

bjih1103

Drinking water, exercising, and self meditation has been my top 3 self care routine. I'll try the tips mentioned here too

wuzhentie

I'm getting more agitated and tired from this social distancing and staing at home. Reading this made me feel like I'm not the only one

alfud227

Self care is the only thing that's keeping me sane these days.. We really need to give ourselves a break and what better way than self-care?

meina712

I felt so unmotivated these days but this article motivated me to take baby steps to better self care!

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