In the midst of this unprecedented coronavirus epidemic, sometimes the best thing we can do is to simply nurture ourselves, taking a break from the 24-hour news cycle and all the stress that comes with it. Self care can be elusive, especially because there isn’t a one-size-fits approach to it — it’s literally all about you. Granted, if any group of people can be considered experts in self care, it’s beauty editors. Which is precisely why we hit up these ladies, who have largely incorporated the concept of self care into their careers. Here’s how they stay grounded and nurtured, even during this crazy time.
Exercise Every Day
"While I am spending 99.5% of my time at home abiding by California's shelter in place mandate, I am also making sure to squeeze in at least 20 minutes of exercise a day, as well as going outside to walk my dog (while maintaining six feet distance between others). Like many, routine is really important to me and before the lockdown, I would start my day by going to the gym and taking my dog for a walk. Even though I can't make it to Equinox or Barry's at the moment, doing an at-home workout via the Nike Training Club app or following a friend's workout on IG live has been such an important way for me to get my heartrate up, release endorphins, and get my mind off the stressful news. The same goes for taking my dog on a walk and getting some vitamin D. I look forward to these moments in my day and I'm so very grateful for them."
— Sara Tan, Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor at Bustle/Co-host of Gloss Angeles podcast
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Don’t Underestimate Pet Therapy
"I've found pet therapy to be an amazing form of self-care, which includes snuggling with my dogs and watching live cams of cute animals. For those that don't have pets, many animal shelters are looking for fosters—it's a great way to help those in need while enjoying some companionship!"
"I’m a cancer, so staying in the house and avoiding people is practically a hobby. It's unfortunate that it has to be under these circumstances. However, I've been taking care of myself by literally feeding myself. I typically forget to eat and wind up eating less than three meals a day — sustaining myself with snacking. But with my anxiety at a high right now, I've started to make myself breakfast, lunch, and dinner so as not to exacerbate any health problems in these trying times."
"I've also been decorating my apartment, taking time out to have solo dance parties, keeping to my regular wash day schedule, and I've ordered a Nintendo Switch and a few jigsaw puzzles. Anything to keep my mind off things and to keep me from freaking out too much."
"I’m channeling most of my self care through my hair. The main thing I’ve been doing lately is leaving hair masks on for inordinate amounts of time, really letting all of that nourishing goodness seep into my hair for hours instead of the usual minutes. It makes me feel like I’m walking around with a spa on my head because Regardless of the surface I choose to make my desk for the day (bed, table, floor) I’m always breathing in a relaxing, soothing scent. (Not to mention my detangling time has also gone down as a result which has helped me be less hard on my hair and myself."
"During quarantine, at-home workouts have been the only thing keeping me sane. I try to go on a run outside every day, and tune into Keoni Hudoba's 9am #Corentine workout every morning. I've also been loving the yoga classes on Obé! It's been so amazing to see the fitness community come together to give free content to those of us who are stuck inside, and it really helps to add structure to my daily routine (otherwise I'd never get out of my pajamas). From a beauty standpoint, I've also been doing the Function of Beauty Hair Mask twice a week to keep my split ends from taking over my life, and giving myself extra time to cycle through my evening skin-care routine so that it really feels like an act of kindness that I'm doing for my skin."
— Zoe Weiner, Associate Beauty and Fitness Editor, Well + Good
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Detox in the Early AM and Dress Up
"With everyone working from home and distance-learning, my home is now a full house. Now more than ever “me time” is really important, but harder to achieve. I’ve been waking up around 6:30am each day, even on the weekends, to carve out some alone time for myself while everyone is still in bed. Having clear skin is just as important to me as having a clear mind. For a quick detox, I like to slap on Freeman’s Hawaiian Black Salt Peel-Off Mask on my face before I step in the shower. I like the way it clarifies my face and makes it look and feel super clean. I’ve also recently started sloughing my body with St. Ives Sea Salt & Pacific Kelp Exfoliating Body Wash to purge my skin of the toxins and grime that have built up on it. I have super dry skin, so after I get out of the shower I pat on La Mer’s Renewal Body Oil Balm to hydrate my skin and give it a radiant glow. (Another favorite of mine is Vaseline Cocoa Body Oil Gel. It smells so yummy, and gives my bronzy complexion an unbelievable gleam). Though I’m mostly confined to the house, I like to still wear nice clothes. No sloppy sweats for me! Dressing up elevates my mood."
"Also, I know this sounds really weird but doing laundry really helps me to relax. I love doing a load first thing in the morning. The act of sorting and folding clothing is so calming. Plus, the smell of freshly laundered clothing is quite restorative."
"I'm trying to become one with the do not disturb setting on my phone. I'm used to working from home and typically, my phone isn't a distraction. But as COVID-19 spreads, I find myself spending way too much time reading news, responding to DMs and randomly tapping through IG stories, which only puts me on edge. So I've started to put my phone on do not disturb whenever I can in order to block all push notifications. As a result, I find myself in a much healthier headspace (and getting lots more done)."
"Now more than ever I think it's so important to take some time for yourself. For me self-care can simply be meditating, reading a book, practicing yoga, or applying a hair mask. It's the little things! I'm currently trying out the Anti-Breakage Mask from Suave. It's for curly hair and the shea butter and coconut oil are super-hydrating. While in the shower, I leave it on my hair for ten minutes and rinse. My curls feel so soft afterwards!"
“I make it a point to do a few things every day in the name of self care. First, I make my bed every single morning. It’s something I used to always neglect, but it’s a small way to gift myself a sense of a calm when I head to bed each night. Second, I meditate with Headspace for 10 minutes each morning to help set the mood for my day. Third, I take my precious time to draw out my skincare morning and night, getting lost in how good it feels to massage my face, neck, and décolleté. Fourth, I finish each day by writing down three things I’m grateful for. And, every few days, I do Davines hair masks to cater to my strands.”