Written by Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician, guest columnist
28 Jul, 2020
Life is pretty weird right now, isn't it? I’m finding that months without a real routine and trying to adjust to a new “normal” is hard.
That’s because our lives typically run on routines. Waking up at 6 am, getting to work by 8, shuttling kids to this activity or that, hitting the gym, and on it goes.
Our current situation is a first; everything we know to be normal and routine has been turned upside down. And while I know, and I’m sure in your heart you do too, that our lives will one day get back to a sense of normalcy, for the moment this is where we are.
So how do we recreate routine, and feel a little better in the meantime?
One of the ways I’ve been creating routine is with self-care. I know it may sound corny, but it’s the truth. We all need a little extra TLC these days. It lifts your spirits, makes you feel more complete, and provides a consistent routine that saves energy for other important stuff.
What kind of self-care works? Try this.
First, walk over to your mirror.
Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Is this the best I can do for myself?” It’s likely that without your regular routine, you’re not living up to your self-care standards right now.
I know that the sweats or pj's you wore yesterday seem perfectly appropriate to put back on today—after all, who will see them on that 11 am Zoom call?
It may also be the case that you fell asleep last night without properly caring for your skin, and awoke this morning and went straight to your laptop and coffee.
It’s ok—no judgment—but let’s make it better now.
This isn’t about products or resources. Grab whatever you have.
Doing something with what you have is better than doing nothing.
Twice a day, wash your face.
Take the time to wash your face thoroughly. Use warm water, rinse, and pat dry with a clean towel (this is more important than most people think it is).
Have a little serum or moisturizer? Apply it gently. Don’t have it? Don’t stress.
Put down the soda and pick up a glass of filtered water.
Water is an incredibly important ingredient we all need plenty of to operate at our best. It keeps you adequately hydrated, which equals increased energy, improved brain function, and fresher looking skin. We all want that, right? Right!
Set a goal and make drinking lots of water a conscious part of your daily routine.
Next, I’ll let you in on a secret that you can add to the ridiculously easy plan we’ve laid out. By this point, you’ve probably heard of collagen. It’s like the holy grail of anti-aging in more ways than you can imagine.
Collagen helps plump up your skin (that’s code for fewer wrinkles) and improves skin texture and overall health.
But wait—there’s more. Collagen can also help keep your hair and nails healthy, relieve joint pain, and support bone density (we are all anti-osteoporosis).
Here’s the thing about collagen: it’s one of those magical ingredients that is actually better ingested as opposed to slathered on.
So here’s what I want you to do: drink it. Don’t waste your money on skin serum marketing ploys full of collagen(internal link to the collagen products article what works and what doesn’t)—it simply can’t be absorbed by the skin.
You know that morning coffee you drink with yesterday’s pj’s still on the bottom? Add a collagen peptide supplement to it—every day. I swear by it because my skin looks fresh, and my hair and nails are thriving. And that’s only the visible results—there’s a whole host of other fabulous things happening on the inside! (internal link to the article on gut health)
I know you might be thinking, “That’s it? Wash my face, drink water, and take collagen?”
Well, no, that’s clearly not all of it. But it is a start. The cornerstone and the very beginning of us climbing back up. It’s a first step to feeling like things are getting back to normal. Do you want to emerge from this situation as a beautiful butterfly or like a shriveled cocoon? I want you to be a butterfly, my friend. Make the most of this opportunity for change.
Do this for yourself every day; create a routine around your self-care. It will lift your spirits, and believe me, it’s worth it. You are worth it.