If you have the will, there is always a way to make the best of a lousy situation. The 21-day lockdown imposed by the government surrounding the pandemic has made people stop and rethink their actions. While many are working from home, some are just focused on getting through the boredom and isolation. But everyone is, in some way or the other, trying to make the most of this situation, which has given us the most significant gift of all...free time.
Mental health is vital to stay calm when you don’t much to do, so it’s essential to get creative with your share of 24 hours. We have a few tips you can follow to keep busy and walk out of the quarantine with all that ‘GLOW’!
- You are what you eat
- Get moving and grooving
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
- Don’t stress the small stuff
- Shake up your skincare routine
- Go au natural
- Double up on nighttime skincare
- Get that beauty sleep!
- Mask it good
You are what you eat
Cooking can be a chore when you are going through a lockdown. But don't fall prey to snacking out of boredom; junk food is your skin's biggest enemy. Try to incorporate a lot of greens, fruits and fibre in your diet. Supplement your diet with vitamins that help you stay healthy and work on your immunity. Whether you are meal prepping or just steaming up some broccoli for dinner, make sure you are eating consciously.
Get moving and grooving
Working from home can lead to a significant drop in daily activity, especially if you're used to travelling for work. Get moving and grooving at home during your free time. Sweat it out to get those endorphins flowing; looking flushed in the mirror after an intense workout can be a great pick-me-up on gloomy days.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If you are not moving enough, you are not getting tired enough. At home, we tend to slack on hydrating because we don't get thirsty. Don't let that fool you because your skin can still get dehydrated while indoors, especially during the summers. Keep hydrating with refreshing drinks, juices and green smoothies.
Don’t stress the small stuff
It is easy to lose your cool and get anxious when there is so much uncertainty surrounding us. Stress can have several adverse effects on our system, all of which will show up on the skin. Keep your mental health in check with mediations, yoga and breathing exercises.
Shake up your skincare routine
One way that I personally intend on spending the lockdown is by trying out new things. Since we aren’t required to step out, a turmeric mask that leaves your face yellow won’t be a bad idea to experiment with. Switch up your skincare routine to add new or modified steps. Try oil cleansing or add a new ingredient in your homemade mask, you are spoilt for options here.
On average, our skin turns over once a month to reveal the fresh and glowing layer underneath. Help the process with proper exfoliation and post scrub care to turn over your skin in the best way possible. Attend to issues you’ve been putting off for a while, this is your time!
Go au natural
Lay off on the makeup for a while and go natural for a whole month. Keep your skin squeaky clean, treat it with your most luxurious lotions, potions and creams. Watch yourself fall in love with your natural self all over again!
Double up on nighttime skincare
Let's get real; if you had to choose between daytime routine and nighttime routine, you’d always go for the latter. Our nighttime routines are designed to treat the damages our skin goes through during the day. Now that we’re spending our days in indoor, we can extend the nighttime routine to the daytime as well and reap all the healing benefits it possesses.
Get that beauty sleep!
Remember how you kept complaining about not getting enough sleep? Well, now is the time to catch up on all the Zzzs you’ve missed out on. They say that if you do one thing for more than 30 days, it becomes a habit. So take the time to fix your sleeping pattern and witness your skin improve multi-folds.
Mask it good
Do we even need to elaborate on this? If you want, you can do some form of masking every day. Switch between sheet masks, clay masks, DIY recipes, and peel-off masks. If this doesn't get you glowing by the end of the lockdown, we don't know what will.