We’re about 5 weeks into COVID-19 quarantine, and we’re all in need of some TLC. We’re desperate for a haircut, fresh manicure, facial, and a happy hour! Until we’re able to go see our fav stylists, nail techs, aestheticians and bartenders, we’ll turn to DIY self-care. For those feeling like their skin needs some help, here are some quarantine skincare tips.
Go Without Makeup
This is a great time to give your pores a break from makeup. When we ditch makeup, pores shrink and the skin is less prone to breakouts and infections. I have been going makup-free during the day, but then 3ish evenings of the week, I apply light makeup, and it has done wonders for my mood. I have been embracing my natural look while I’m makup-less. And when I do have light makeup on, I feel like it’s more of a special night and maybe calls for a glass of wine and nice dinner. It’s a nice way to break up the routine while we’re staying home.
Apply a Tinted Moisturizer to Your Skin with SPF
While I encourage a makeup-free face, I cannot stress the importance of SPF- especially with the nice weather we’re having. I prefer Revision’s Intellishade tinted moisturizer with SPF. It gives light coverage while protecting skin from the sun and environmental stressors. It also has over 20 anti-aging ingredients! It’s a great multi-tasking product. It’s available online here. TIP: It comes in three finishes: Original, Matte, and TruPhysical. If you’re oily, go with Matte, if you’re normal to dry, go for Original. If you’re sensitive, go for TruPhysical.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
We suggest exfoliating 3-4 times per week. Exfoliating unclogs pores and removes impurities, prevents breakouts, helps your skincare products penetrate deeper in the skin, and evens skin tone. It also boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage, increases cell turnover, and stimulates collagen production. Exfoliants are reasonably priced, so it’s a no brainer to add this to your skincare routine. Our favs are Revision’s Finishing Touch and ZO SkinHealth’s Exfoliating Polish. If you have dry skin, go for Revision’s exfoliator. If you have oily, acne prone skin, go for ZO’s product. Both are incredible. Click here for Revision’s. Click here for ZO’s.
Mask once a week
Masks are all the craze right now. If you’re going to mask, mask correctly. There are plenty of masks at drug stores that sound great, but chances are they have ingredients that could be harmful for long term skin health or honestly, won’t accomplish much. Again, we suggest medical-grade quality. Our favorite mask for oily, acne-prone skin is ZO Skin Health’s Sulfer Mask available here. Our favorite mask for normal skin types is Revision’s Black Mask, available here.
Amp up your Retinol
Retinol is a must for all skin types. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and it speeds the cell turnover process, meaning it gets rid of the old, damaged skin cells and brings the young cells to the surface. Retinol reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fights breakouts, and stimulates collagen production for overall healthier-looking skin. For the most effective Retinol or Retinoid, you must buy medical-grade products. We suggest Revision Skincare’s Retinol products because they are high quality and efficacy, plus they contain ingredients to boost the skin’s hydration level and combat the dryness and redness associated with Retinol.
If you are new to Retinol, start with DEJ Night face cream which contains .25% Retinol. If you are a Retinol veteran, your skin has built a tolerance, so bump up in your dosage. We suggest Retinol Complete 0.5 or 1.0, depending on what percentage you’re currently applying. This is a good time to amp up your Retinol dosage while you’re staying home and can handle a little dryness. I personally have been more aggressive with my Retinol, which has made me a little dry and flaky, but I don’t mind during quarantine. Revision’s products are available online here.
Hopefully these quarantine skin care tips find you well! We can’t wait to open our medspa doors to our patients again. We miss you all!