Quarantine Self Care Ideas

*Some products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own* We're all stuck inside, at this point most of us have been insi...

*Some products mentioned were sent for review, opinions are my own*

We're all stuck inside, at this point most of us have been inside for well over a month. Unless of course you're an essential worker, like my husband. For those of you who are and who have to go out every day and risk exposure, know that we appreciate you. And maybe this post will be good for you, too.

Today, we're talking about self care. Self care can mean different things to different people. A lot of us associate self care with a face mask and a bubble bath and if that's what works for you, that's great! But that's not all encompassing so I'll be covering a bunch of things, but don't worry, face masks are included.

The first thing you need to do as far as self care, is stop letting people tell you what you should be doing while you're at home. Yes, Karen may think since we all have so much time that we didn't have before, that we should have our entire homes decluttered, lives in perfect order, be learning new skills, starting new projects, working out daily, etc. But that's just not it. For some of us, that's totally fine and healthy to be super productive and get all of these things done. For others, it's just not for us and it's not because we're lazy or anything like that, but some of us process things differently and we can't function that way on a daily basis. Yes, we will have super productive days but we will also have days where we lay on the couch and binge Netflix or read a book all day and that's okay, too! 
The thing I'm trying to get across here is, do what feels okay for you. You should NEVER stress yourself out over what someone else says you should be doing. Tell Karen to stay in her lane.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get into things you can do for self care purposes.

The obvious, skin care.

We all know I love It Cosmetics skin care, but I also love Pixi and Derma E, so we're going to talk about a few products I've been loving from each of those.

  • IT COSMETICS MIRACLE WATER - This is my go-to in the mornings after I rinse my face. It just gives your skin a nice glow.
  • IT COSMETICS SECRET SAUCE MOISTURIZER - This is a moisturizer I use when my skin is feeling on the drier side. It a heavier product and takes a while to sink in, so if you're going to apply makeup, it needs a while to set.

  • PIXI GLOW TONIC: I use this every night and can definitely tell a difference in my skin if I don't use it. It's a must.
  • IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM ROSY TONE: This is a newer moisturizer from It Cosmetics and is the one I use the most often in the mornings. It sinks in fast and leaves my skin glowy and healthy.

  • IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN A NECK CREAM: I use this nightly on my neck and chest and can definitely tell a difference in how hydrated it feels.
  • IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP: This is the newest product I have from It Cosmetics and I use it EVERY night before bed. It's super hydrating and feels so nice on the skin.

  • DERMA E OVERNIGHT PEEL, VITAMIN C RENEWING MOISTURIZER, VITAMIN C SERUM. - I use the Overnight Peel twice per week, and the Vitamin C Serum every night. I occasionally swap in the moisturizer during the evenings but I haven't used it as often.

  • DERMA-E UPLIFT, CALM, CREATE ESSENTIAL OIL MIST: I've been using these for a couple of months now and love them. I've been obsessed with essential oils for a while and find them to be super calming, especially if you're dealing with stress.
In addition to these, I also like to use face masks at least once a week. I have a ton of sheet masks that I alternate out, but my favorite are the Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost masks. I'm currently out of them and don't have a picture of them. I lost a lot of blog pictures because one of my SD cards broke in half, and it just happens it was on that one.

As I mentioned before, another thing some of us like to do for self care are baths. There are bath salts, oils, bubble bars, etc that people like to use. Personally, this doesn't work for me so I have no recommendations here but if this is your thing, please leave recommendations in the comments!

So let's talk other things self care

  • MEDITATION: I know this is a hard one for a lot of people, myself included. Even as I recommend this, I haven't meditated in months and it's a thing I struggle with. It's proven to help and I just can't bring myself to do it. There are so many apps available if you're like me and struggle with it. The one I recommend trying first is called Headspace. Let me know if you have any other recommendations, I could use them, too!
  • YOGA: This is another that I say and don't do. I used to do yoga, but I've never gotten to a point where I didn't struggle with it so it was hard for me to keep doing it. If you're interested in trying it, I recommend Yoga with Adriene on Youtube.
  • BOOKS: Often overlooked, reading is good! And if you're like me and find yourself suddenly acquiring the attention span of a gnat, maybe try Audible. No, I'm not sponsored. I have no codes and nothing to gain, I'm just someone who uses Audible and happens to enjoy it. 
  • NETFLIX: Yes, seriously. There is nothing wrong with spending a day curled up on the couch or even in bed with snacks, a warm blanket and Netflix. If anyone tells you there is, block them. No one needs that kind of negativity.
  • FOSTER/ADOPT A PET: This is gaining popularity, but it's a great idea. Pets are huge stress relievers and you could find your forever best friend! There are homeless dog and cats everywhere, so why not foster one?
  • TRY SOMETHING NEW: I know, crazy idea, right? But, hear me out. What better time than now to try something totally new. Been wanting to learn to draw? Want to learn a new language? Want to try to make videos on YouTube? Do it! 
Now is the perfect time to take care of yourself. For those of you who aren't working right now, even if it's under the worst circumstances, you have the time to work on yourself. Never have you ever had this kind of time to get to know yourself, to learn about yourself, to figure out what YOU need, what YOU want. Take advantage of that. Run with it. Take the opportunity and use this to your advantage and when we come out of this, emerge from the other side stronger than ever and ready to pursue whatever it is that you truly want.

I hope this post helps you.

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