What you need right now in the COVID-19 era is a pandemic skin care self-care plan. Following a personalized skin care routine that will benefit the health of your body’s largest organ and deliver the bonus of providing the structure and pampering that benefits your psychological well-being is something everyone should commit to.
1. A personalized skin care routine provides stability in your day that benefits tour mental health
Right now, we are experiencing the transition from being out and about to home all the time. What happens during that change is that you lose the structure and routine of your day. Those routines include healthy eating habits, exercise, journaling, and skin care. Those routines are critical for your overall health, in both body and mind.
These routines feel good and act as a comforting force in your life, providing an anchor to your day and serving as a point of stability in your week. On a small scale, you may even feel like you’ve accomplished something.
2. Doing something nice for yourself helps stop a worry spiral
Certain times of the day can trigger intrusive thoughts, but you can break the negative thoughts with selfcare. People who experience anxiety and depression often report that their condition is exacerbated 30 minutes to one hour before bed. This is when they have more idle time, which increases worry for a lot of people. It’s when you’re engaged in an activity, including washing, toning, and moisturizing your face that you can get out of your head and focus on what you’re doing. (This goes for any activity that keeps you busy).
3. Pampering skin on a regular basis triggers a cascade of chemicals in your brain to boost your mood
Create a routine that feels good and includes products that you enjoy using. For example, don’t underestimate the impact of gently massaging skin with a warm washcloth to cleanse, taking extra time to smooth a silky moisturizer on your face or applying a mask.
4. Caring for your skin is an act of kindness that sends a powerful message
Right now, the world is a stressful place. So it might feel tempting to watch TV late into the night and then roll into bed without so much as splashing your face with water — you’re just too tired. But what if, instead, you focused on taking care of yourself in this small way. By spending five extra minutes to treat your skin, you’re sending a message: You are worth it! This is similar to the perk you might get when you swipe on a coat of mascara in the morning, apply color on your cheeks to make them pop, or smooth on that tinted moisturizer that makes your skin glow.
If you aren’t sure how to personalize your skin care routine for the maximum benefits for you and your health, schedule a consultation and we can help you design the right one for you.