Your Guide to Quarantine Skincare
In times of stress and uncertainty, a skin-care routine can be as much of a daily fundamental practice as exercise or meditation. By now, everyone probably misses their regular hair, nail, and self-care appointments but a natural-based skin-care routine centered around clean beauty products can become a little piece of reflective luxury you can do in the comfort of your own home. As we practice social distancing and safely quarantine at home, many of us find ourselves going make-up free throughout the day. While you might be thrilled about your recent low-maintenance routine and think you can skip certain steps within your skin-care, this is not the case.
Even though your skin might not be as exposed to the free radicals of outdoor pollution, staying home for prolonged periods still comes with a few downsides. For example, dry patches may emerge from overexposure to constant air-conditioning. Lack of sun exposure and Vitamin D can increase inflammation and cause redness. Additionally, summertime sadness is real and anxiety from watching too much news can also lead to increased breakouts.
Surgical face masks are a crucial defense against Covid-19, but having your face concealed by humid fabric that breeds bacteria the longer you wear it can also inflict havoc on your complexion. This summer, we have more time to develop a meticulous and aggressive quarantine skin-care routine. Since working from home, our basic beauty regimens have been dethroned by a more conscious beauty routine focusing on clean beauty and natural ingredients. If you have totally ignored self-care in the past, now is the time to start. Below, we’re sharing our quarantine skin-care routine and favorite products that we’ll be using all summer long to ignite summertime optimism.
Step 1: Cleanse!
Even if you haven’t left your house all day, it is still important to wash your face, especially before bed. A refreshing and fluffy foam cleanser such as Bonajour’s Green Tea Foam Cleanser is able to reach deep into pores to endure that all dirt build-up is washed away, leaving you with baby soft, clean skin. This cleanser in particular contains natural ingredients and ECCG to help relax your skin and balance sebum production without stripping the skin of its natural properties.
Step 2 (Optional): Fight stubborn breakouts with a spot treatment!
Covid-19 related anxiety is all too common and cortisol caused by stress triggers other reactions in our complexions – excess sebum production and hormonal acne are two of the most common, so many of us might be suffering from breakouts right now. If you have any new acne spots or breakouts, use Bonajour’s Extreme Spot Serum after washing your face while your skin is still damp to help clear, soothe, and brighten skin.
Step 3: Tone and exfoliate!Swell Skin’s Tight & Toned Botanical Exfoliating Toner has dual powers and is made with glycolic acid, green tea and aloe vera to reduce the appearance of pores and promote a smoother, more radiant complexion. These gentle toning ingredients also balance PH levels and will help absorb the other healthy ingredients and hydration of the rest of your skin-care routine.
Step 4: Layer on your favorite serums!
Pamper yourself with hydrating serums! The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum is designed with a unique formula and clean botanical ingredients that visibly smooths, lifts and tightens while also providing anti-aging benefits. With ingredients such as the Swertia Chirata flower from the Himalayan mountains, this serum focuses on skin regeneration, offering a youthful glow to people of all ages.
Skincare enthusiasts already know the power and countless benefits of hyaluronic acid. Swell Skin’s Hydrate & Radiate Hyaluronic Acid Serum is also made with sea buckthorn which is a unique sea berry commonly referred to as “the elixir of youth.” Complete with plenty of fresh veggies, natural antioxidants, vitamins, and omega fatty acids, this serum keep your skin looking tight, dewy, and plump.
Bonajour’s Green Multi-Vitamin Vital Nutrition Serum is not only packaged super cute but it also combines a highly efficient “Vitamin C derivative” with vitamin tree extract to effectively take care of dark spots. If you have scarring from old acne or the sun, this product was made for you! Vitamin C is also quite renowned in the skin-care world for increasing collagen production to reduce fine lines, preventing redness and inflammation, and brightening skin to promote a healthy radiant glow.
Step 5: Hydrate properly!
Eggplant and Lupeol are two unique anti-trouble ingredients for clear and fine skin. Bonajour’s Eggplant BHA Water Cream is also made with natural BHA to exfoliate dead skin cells and manage sebum creation to promote soft, radiant skin.
Paired with Ankaa’s Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum, the Ankaa Time-Resist Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer uses exclusive ingredients sourced from the various destinations to visibly smooth, lift, and tighten all facial zones.
Step 6: Don’t skip out on sunscreen just because we’re indoors!Unsun’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen contain zinc oxide which can protect against blue light as well, another all-too-present stressor our skin tackles on a daily basis.
Bonus Step: Wash and condition your hair with breakout fighting products!
SEEN’s Fragrance Free Shampoo and Conditioner is designed to be good for your skin as well. Founder Dr. Iris Rubin created this revolutionary haircare brand after discovering that many of her dermatology patients were experiencing irritated skin due to their haircare products. She got down to the root of the problem and created a clean haircare line free of parabens, fragrances, and other harmful common chemicals to promote beautiful healthy hair and skin.