self-care quarantine

A Beauty Editor’s Guide to Practicing Self-Care

Don’t let quarantine take a toll on your well-being. In collaboration with Lancôme.

By: Hannah Baxter

It hardly seems possible, but we’re well over a month into our at-home quarantine, and I, like many of you, have been struggling to find the routines that help me feel a little more sane. There’s no right or wrong way to tackle the current situation, since facing a global pandemic is a first for almost all of us, but I’ve been taking comfort in a few different rituals throughout my week. Obviously, being a beauty editor, pampering my skin and hair is just as calming and enjoyable as ever, but keeping my wardrobe comfortable, my space zen, and my hands busy with something other than scrolling through news headlines have all been welcome additions. Here’s everything I’ve been using to practice some much-needed self-care lately.


Bala Bangles, $49

Since I am in no way, shape, or form a runner, I’ve been looking for other ways to keep my body active during this time away from the gym. Using these weights for some leg and arm exercises, in addition to my yoga routine, allows me to sweat out some of my stress and helps me in my quest for a perfectly peachy booty.

ZIIP Beauty Electrical Facial Device, $495

Facials are one of my most beloved indulgences. Visiting my go-to spots obviously isn’t feasible at the moment, so I’m turning to a variety of face tools to keep my cheekbones sculpted and firm. Investing in this electrical device is one of the best things I’ve done, especially since you can really see the results after you use it. Welcome back, cheekbones, I’ve missed you.

Lancôme Nurturing Brightening Oil-in-Gel Cleanser with Grand Rose Extracts, $60

To ensure that my skin isn’t left stripped and tight after cleansing, I’ve swapped out my face wash with this oil-in-gel formula. It takes the two-step double cleanse and combines all the makeup and impurity-removing benefits into one, while also leaving my skin softer than ever before. I also swear my pores have shrunk after just a few weeks of use.

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Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Soft Cream, $212

Lack of fresh air and sunshine has left my skin looking lackluster these days. In order to regain some much-needed radiance, I use this brightening cream at the end of my cleansing routine to lock in moisture, minimize fine lines, and even out my skin tone. The rose extracts also act like a boost of aromatherapy every time I use it.

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Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing Eye Serum, $135

The skin around my eyes always leaves evidence of my stress and anxiety, so I’ve started layering this serum underneath a lightweight eye cream to ensure that that delicate skin is nourished. I recommend keeping the bottle in your fridge to help reduce under-eye puffiness even more.

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AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream, $16

My skin is dry on a regular day, so factor in being surrounded by my apartment's stale air day after day, and you have a recipe for irritation. I slather on a generous layer of this body cream after every shower, and then a few times per day to keep everything moisturized. It will help prevent those over-washed hands from cracking.

Diptyque Roses Small Candle, $36

Call me old-fashioned, but rose is my favorite scent for candles, so I splurge on a few of these Diptyque minis and scatter them around my apartment. Fragrance affects so much of your mood that it’s 100 percent worthwhile, in my opinion, to have candles burning at every hour of the day. It can only help, right?

We Are Knitters Nick Blanket, $98

When I was a preteen, I used to make friendship bracelets at the speed of light, and I loved the soothing, repetitive nature of manipulating the yarn between my fingers. What better time to take up crafting again than right now? I love this knitting kit, which comes with all the yarn, needles, and instructions to create a super-soft blanket from scratch.

Naked Cashmere Edie Jumpsuit, $225

I’ve always dreamed of lounging around in nothing but cashmere, so this seems as fitting a moment as ever to indulge that fantasy. You cannot get any cozier than this jumpsuit. It’s loose, soft, and absolutely effortless.

Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs de Jasmin Nourishing Mask, $65

Keeping my color-treated wavy hair hydrated and healthy is always a bit of a challenge, but all this extra time at home means that I’m able to finally indulge in a bi-weekly hair mask. This formula is a French-girl staple and smells absolutely divine. I coat every bit of my hair, wrap it up in a towel, and let it marinate for 45 minutes while I sip my fourth cup of coffee.