Quarantine Self Care Favorites
A bunch of my quarantine favorites — from skincare to books to going on those classic covid-19 neighborhood walks.
Today marks my fourth month of being at home since the pandemic officially began. With the luxury of being able to spend so much time at home, and by myself, I have discovered a couple of products, books, and general activities that I’ve really enjoyed and that have kept me sane throughout the months.
The first self care category that I spent a decent amount of time researching and trying out over these past four months has been skincare. To give some brief background on my skin, I have struggled with hormonal acne since I was in middle school. My acne has had its ups and downs, and I have tried out many different skincare products over the years. Over the past two months, I have had a little bit more success with my skin and want to share how I’ve been taking care of it!
- Drinking SO much water!
OK, in retrospect I haven’t been drinking SO much water, rather I’ve been drinking the daily recommended amount, which I never really used to do. Drinking 64oz of water each day has actually drastically improved my skin in terms of how hydrated it looks and the number of breakouts I get. I’ve also noticed that my skin heals faster if I do get a breakout!
2. The Ordinary
Over winter break last year, I started reading about The Ordinary and was immediately fascinated by their no-marketing marketing platform. The company is based on giving its customers a no-frills skincare approach, and I love it. They have a large range of skincare products, so I decided to start off with their Daily Set which consists of a 2% Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane Cleanser and a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer. I also bought their Mandelic Acid, which is a low potency chemical exfoliant. I use the 2% HA solution in the mornings and the Mandelic Acid a couple times a week. These two products are really responsible for adding moisture back into my skin. For many years, I feel like I was stripping my skin of the moisture it really needed, and applying moisturizer as a substitute. I’ve been using these products since early February, and have noticed that using the HA and Mandelic acid, as well as applying moisturizer pretty frequently has made my skin more glow-y and it looks happier in general.
I will be repurchasing their 2% HA as well as their HA Moisturizer (both of mine are almost over). Although I haven’t tested it myself, I would also like to try out their Niacinamide and Zinc Solution which is supposedly good for darker skin tones and acne prone skin.
3. Letting my skin breathe!
To be honest, I rarely wore makeup before Covid-19 happened, but now I never wear it, and life has never been better. Strangely, even if I do go out, or zoom my friends, I don’t feel the need to put on makeup. Maybe this will change when I start working again, but I think that accepting my skin and all of its pores has really helped me gain more confidence.
I haven’t change that much about my hair care routine. Basically, I apply coconut oil once a week and literally never use heat. My hair has grown pretty significantly over the past 6 months, and I am probably very overdue for a haircut.
Being outside and exercising has probably been the most beneficial way to keep me sane. I have been enjoying running a lot! You can read more about my running experiences here. Along with my running workouts, I love the Nike Training Center app. It has a large range of workouts from abs to HIIT to yoga. I also really like that it has lots of different levels from beginner to expert and a variety of equipment you can use!
I did try the Chloe Ting 2 week shredded challenge, and it did kick my ass. Personally, I couldn’t see myself continuing it because the exercises became really repetitive and I also wanted to focus on other parts of my body and not just my abs!
I am lucky and have mostly been eating the food that my parents have been making which has resulted in me eating all the fruits and vegetables I should be eating. Other than that, I have frequently made turkey burgers, chocolate chip banana bread and dalgona coffee.
I started reading every day at the end of April, and this has been an incredible source of entertainment for my brain. I wrote an article about How to Read More a while back that talks in more depth about how I started reading more and how I hope to make it a sustainable habit throughout my life. Here are a couple of my favorite books that I’ve read so far.
- Sapiens — Yuval Noah Harari
- How to Do Nothing — Jenny Odell
- Americanah — Chinmananda Ngozi Adichie
- Ishmael — Daniel Quinn
Last but not least, the staple of 2020, the art of the walk. Whether it is going on walks alone, with my family, with music or without music, they’ve all been great. I’m so thankful that the weather has been warm throughout this quarantine, because walks help me stay sane and keep me grounded.