CHICAGO — We’ve all been stuck at home for the past five months, and it looks like that’s going to continue, so if you’ve ever wanted so shake up your beauty routine, now is the perfect time to experiment. But whether it’s dying your hair an edgy color, switching to a natural deodorant or trying a moisturizer with retinol, there can be an adjustment period.
“Quarantine might be the perfect time to test out a natural deodorant,” said Chicago dermatologist Dr. Jordan Carqueville. “Natural deodorants don’t contain aluminum-based compounds, which are the active ingredient of an anti-perspirant deodorant. This means more sweating, so a trial period would be ideal.”
“Retinol and retinoids are used in anti-aging skincare because they increase turnover of the skin cells and stimulate collagen production,” Carqueville said. But there’s one catch when beginning a retinoid, first-time users most likely will experience dryness, redness or irritation of the skin and can take a few weeks for your skin to adjust.
Here are five ways to shake up your routing while you’re stuck at home.
SWITCH TO A NATURAL DEODORANT
Most conventional antiperspirant deodorants from the drugstore are chock-full of aluminum compounds and parabens to prevent you from sweating. Stay fresh without the chemicals by swapping in a natural deodorant.
This all sounds great, but if you are switching from a conventional antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, it will take time for your body to release the aluminum and adjust to something more natural. Carqueville recommends moisturizing, Native Deodorant, which allows consumers to mix and match different classic and seasonal scents so you can find one that’s right for you.
DESTRESS WITH A MEDITATION APP
We’re all about self-care Sundays, but what about self-care everyday?
Before the pandemic, you might’ve been too busy to give meditation a try. With all the prolonged uncertainty of the novel coronavirus, taking a few minutes a day to quiet your mind and breathe might be the escape you need without leaving the house.
Headspace is extremely user friendly and perfect for first-time meditators, the app is full of different exercises for any time of the day, it’s no wonder this app has rave reviews. Calm is another popular app used to help you manage stress and sleep better.
GET A MENICURE (YES, GUYS ARE PAINTING THEIR TOENAILS)
With celebrities like Harry Styles and A$AP Rocky all over this trend, Esquire magazine dubbed 2020 the year of the menicure. Thu Nguyen of Posh Polish Nail Salon in Andersonville says they’ve had male clients in the past, but have seen an increase recently, and that most of the men that come in for manicures or pedicures go for darker colors.
Essie has a cool quick-dry line with dude-friendly shades like dusty olive green, smoky blue and black — plus impatient guys don’t have to wait too long for their nails to dry.
REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN WITH A RETINOID
Ever heard of rentinol? Retinoids, any topical creams with vitamin A are favored by celebrities to get perfectly smooth, glowing skin. They can also help target various skin problems such as dark spots, wrinkles and acne. Carqueville recommends Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer, Night.
TRANSFORM YOUR LOOK WITH A RADICAL HAIR COLOR
Have you always wanted pink hair but fear the reaction that you might get? Now that you are staying home, go forth and give it a go. The good news is that if the color doesn’t suit you, many brands are semi-permanent and will eventually rinse out. If you’ve got lightened locks, give Manic Panic a try to achieve that Instagram-worthy pastel look with the company’s vegan formula. For darker hair try Overtone, there’s no lightening required, and it conditions at the same time.
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