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If your phone notified you that your screen time went up, er, 75 percent since last week, you’re not alone. While the world adjusts to social distancing and staying in, we’re presented with their very real by-products: boredom. But before you spend another hour scrolling through Instagram or do something stupid like give in to resuming life as we once knew it, consider using this time to practice some much-needed self-care.
Let’s talk face. Whether you have dark circles under your eyes, or skin that looks like it hasn’t seen the sun in months (which may become an actual thing), there’s always something to improve, so we rounded up 10 skincare products to experiment with while you’re stuck at home. Because why not turn “bored af” into an opportunity to come out of this looking fierce?
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel
Inspired by the peels Dr. Dennis Gross offers in his New York City office, these were created for at-home use. Recommended by everyone from facialists to models, part of their appeal is their ease of use. Unlike exfoliators that require massaging onto skin and letting sit for 30 to 60 minutes, this peel takes just a few minutes and is achieved in two steps: apply Step 1, wait two minutes, then apply Step 2. If you generally fall short of exfoliating two to three times per week, these are a game changer.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
“This shit work every time,” Luka Sabbat told Harper’s Bazaar, adding that it’s his favorite part of his nighttime skincare routine. The caffeine in these eye patches depuff while arnica (a plant) works on reducing dark circles. Plus, they contain hyaluronic acid and collagen, which means the skin around your eyes will look softer and super-moisturized — and all it takes is about 10 minutes. Couple this with clocking in an extra hour or two of sleep (thanks, WFH), and your eyes will never look better.
Pressed Juicery The Daily Start
You’ve heard of drinking celery juice first thing in the morning, but you haven’t tried it because, one, you’re skeptical, and, two, ain’t nobody got time for that. Well, now you do. Consumed daily on an empty stomach, celery juice is said to boost energy, help digestion, and clear skin. Results, of course, may vary, but a few of us Highsnobiety staffers did notice a more even skin tone after three to four days. Tip: start with half a bottle per day, then work your way up.
La Mer The Cleansing Foam
Whether you’re looking for an alternative cleanser or just haven’t found the right one yet, give this one a try. La Mer, a favorite among beauty insiders, delivers a cleanser that gently removes dirt and leaves your face looking brighter and more awake. We like that it’s available in a one-ounce option, so there’s no pressure to commit.
Tom Ford Bronzing Gel
Experimenting with skincare products while you’re stuck at home comes with the benefit of no one else seeing you if it goes south, so get adventurous. Tom Ford’s Bronzing Gel will add some color to your face, as if you’ve been traveling (remember that?). Apply all over or strategically on forehead, nose, and/or cheeks.
Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque
For deep hydration, try an overnight mask. This one by Aesop contains vitamins B, C, E, and F, which help revitalize skin so you wake up looking refreshed.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
One of the things we miss most about the office are our Herman Miller ergonomic chairs (small flex). When you’ve been hunched over your computer all day at home, you need a pick me up, and this vitamin-infused organic aloe water does the job. Mist liberally over your face throughout the day. And be sure to use this before you apply your moisturizer, as it helps it better penetrate the skin.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Not exactly skincare, but your mouth needs some love, too. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that involves swirling around coconut oil in your mouth to remove toxins and promote oral hygiene health. How does this improve appearance? One very visible benefit of oil pulling is that it whitens teeth. Use about a tablespoon of coconut oil first thing in the morning, swish for around 15 minutes, then spit it out. You’ll start seeing a brighter smile in about a week.
Milk Makeup Kush Lip Scrub
The skin on your face isn’t the only thing that needs exfoliating. If you’ve never even thought about a product dedicated to buffing away the dead skin on your lips, Kush Lip Scrub is a good place to start. This baby packs a serious punch: ingredients like cannabis seed oil and jojoba oil hydrate, while sugar crystals and hemp stem exfoliate.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask
With everyone’s anxieties on overdrive, you need products that also calm the skin. This mask is an intensive moisturizer that nourishes with aloe vera and chamomile, just to name a few ingredients. Apply, let sit for about 15 minutes, and comme des fuckdown.