Charlotte experts offer advice on ways to maintain your self-care routine at home this month –

Posted: April 26, 2020 at 11:49 pm

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This content was created in partnership with Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery.

Though there are bigger issues right now than missing out on your weekly manicure, that doesnt mean those acts of self-care arent important. Haircuts, facials, massages, and manicures dont just make us look good, they help us feel good.

We chatted with some local self-care experts for some advice on at-home solutions to keep up appearances. After all, no one wants a disastrous DIY bangs situation.

Criswell & Criswell are experts in all things skincare, so they understand that its important to maintain your routine in the absence of office visits.

You dont want to fall behind in your skincare just because youre not leaving the house, Stefaniesays. Amping up your skincare at home during this time is going to help us at least stay on track.

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin in order to unclog pores, help other products penetrate deeper, boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, and more. This step can be done in the morning or evening and should be repeated a few times a week. For a gentle product that still packs a punch, try Neocutis Neo Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser.

Hydration,which is a separate step from moisturizing, is key because the right product will actually encourage your skin to produce its own hydration. Be sure to use a hydrator that contains copper peptides, which acts as an antioxidant for your skin. Stefanie suggests Obagis new Elastiderm Facial Serum.

SPF is still crucial even if youre just taking your dog out for a walk. Stefanie recommends Revision Intellishade, an SPF moisturizer tinted with natural minerals that melt into your skin to create an even tone. Plus, it has skin-firming peptides.

If you have some extra time on your hands, you can take your routine a step further with a face mask. Stefanie suggests using your skin type as a guide for frequency but said hydrating masks can generally be used more frequently than exfoliating ones. Some treatments, though, are better left to the professionals.

Pro tip: Criswell & Criswell is offering virtual consultations if youd like to learn more about these products, or any treatments they offer. Plus, they can even ship products to your house after the consultation.

If youre missing out on your regular coloring appointments, Kenna warns not to reach for the drugstore box color. Once a metallic dye is in your hair, it can be really hard to get out.

Photo via Kenna Kunijo

It could also cost up to $800 to fix an at-home coloring gone wrong. Instead, Kenna Kunijo is offering curbside pickup for root touchup and toning kits so you can maintain your look from home, safely.

After sending the stylists some pictures of your hair, theyll formulate a solution for you and you can do a contactless pickup of everything you need, including access to video tutorials to guide you through every step.

If the thought of skipping your monthly trim is making you look at your kitchen scissors differently, listen up:

Now is a great time to experiment with different updos. Kenna Kunijo plans to release YouTube tutorials to help you play with your grown-out style, plus they already have one up about training your hair (now is the perfect time to do it). You can also use a moisturizing treatment to seal your ends while you wait for your next trim.

Since you cant go in for your regular cleanings and whitenings, its extra important to take care of your teeth. Your best bet is to get a great electric toothbrush the pros at Pearl. recommend the Sonicare brand.

Pearl. Dentistry Reimagined. Photo by Laura Sumrak.

As for your routine, brushing both morning and night is important. This will also help you get your day started if youre no longer heading to work. Dr. Jenny says flossing before bed is a must because our salivary flow slows as we sleep, which allows bacteria to attack more so than during the day.

Shes also a big believer in using a tongue cleaner/scraper in the morning and at night to clean your tongue. There is a lot of bacteria present on our tongues that cause a bad odor.

And one last thing: wear your nightguard. A lot of people own a nightguard because they clench or grind their teeth at night. Research shows that the amount of clenching/grinding increases as daily stress and anxiety increase so needless to say, this is the time when everyone needs to use their guards!

At this point, most of us have probably found a way to either peel or soak off our gel polish or dip nails. If youre like me, youve been slowly chipping away at them ever since you heard the salons were closing.

She recommends two options for your new at-home nail routine:

Photo via The Daily Details

To fix this, Kiri recommends rubbing in some coconut oil, olive oil, or even hair oil on your nails and cuticles before you go to bed.

Working from home probably means youre sitting way more than usual, which can take a toll on your body especially since you cant get a massage to work out all of the kinks.

Self-massage is a simple, inexpensive way to take some time for yourself. All you need is lotion or oil and your own hands! A hair tie for anyone with long hair, relaxing music, essential oils and a really comfortable place to sit would all take this act of self-care to the next level, says Victoria.

Photo via Victoria Galvin

Heres a simple self-massage routine you can follow:

If youve never meditated before, now is a great time to start. A meditation practice can help you find peace with stressful situations and it forces you to take a moment of stillness for yourself.

Photo via Body Talk with Bee

Heres a simple, at-home meditation Brittany recommends:

If youre looking for ways to support local experts like the ones featured in this story, consider pre-booking (and paying) for your next haircut, facial, massage, or whatever it is you cant wait to get back to.

This content was created in partnership with Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery.

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