Staying indoors during the community quarantine is just one of the many ways that some of us can help the country's efforts to fight COVID-19. You might as well make the most out of the extra time you have on our hands, and we don't just mean binging Netflix shows and snacking! It's time to catch up on all the beauty-related chores you've been putting off—you have an entire month to do them, after all. So if you're lucky enough to work from home, are off school for the month, or just need something to kill time with, here are things to add to your to-do list:
1. Wash your makeup tools.
Okay, so you probably haven't been wearing makeup indoors at all, but that doesn't mean you should let bacteria fester in your tools, which still get dirty when you don't use them, by the way! While you're indoors, make sure to give your brushes, sponges, and other tools a deep clean at least once a week. You can spot-clean them before each use, too, just to be safe!
2. Organize your beauty products.
There's no better time to unleash your inner Marie Kondo than while you're stuck at home. Besides, decluttering can be such an effective stress reliever, so you're basically hitting two birds with one stone here! Organizing your stash comes in different forms: It can be simply clearing the mess on your vanity and putting everything back in their right storage, or categorizing products in keep, toss, and donate piles.
3. Toss expired products.
Speaking of organizing your collection, it's crucial to start throwing out products that have overstayed their welcome. It's your present self's way of sparing your future self from accidentally using expired foundation and getting a rash. Anything that's been in your collection for more than two years, smells funky, or appears worse for wear has to go.
4. Clean your hair brushes.
Your makeup brushes aren't the only ones that need some scrubbing. After all, germs can find a home anywhere, including your combs and hair brushes.
Washing hair tools is basically like washing your hair: Start by taking out the tangled strands in the bristles, and then dip the brush in a tub of warm water. Lather some soap or shampoo on the bristles, which you can massage in with your fingers, but you can also use a toothbrush to scrub between the bristles and get more buildup out. After, rinse the brush and repeat the following week or at least within the month.
5. Deep-condition your hair.
This one is more of a treat than a necessity, but we're putting it on this list to remind you all of the conditioners, hair masks, and at-home treatments collecting dust in your bathroom. You don't have to deep-condition in the shower either. If you're working from home, for example, you can drench your locks in a mask and wear a shower cap so you can let it sit while you're typing away on your computer. Set an alarm to remind yourself to wash it off, and go straight back to work with softer hair!
6. Exfoliate your body.
Squeezing in a full body scrub into your in-shower routine is possible now that you have more time to kill. Getting rid of all that dead skin won't just make your skin smoother, it'll also keep you feeling fresh as the temperature goes up for the summer.
7. Give yourself a manicure.
All the extra handwashing you're doing can eventually take a toll on your skin. Instead of washing your hands less, apply a lightweight lotion or hand cream right after rinsing to prevent dryness. If your cuticles are looking a little beat up, set aside some time for a quick manicure to polish those digits. Snip off any hangnails and remove any grime that might've ended up under your nails, and while you're at it, put on a fresh coat of polish and try a new nail art technique!
8. Groom your brows (or grow them out).
So you can't go to the salon for a wax and thread and your brows are starting to freak out. You shouldn't follow suit, because there are ways to tame your arches at home. Shaving (or plucking, if you're confident in your skills) any stray hairs with a brow razor will help maintain your shape sans professional help. If you shave off a strand by accident, it'll grow back eventually!
9. Practice doing your makeup.
While some people are taking the lockdown as an opportunity to be makeup-free, you can do the opposite. You can take this opportunity to try out looks you never had the confidence or time to wear out and practice specific skills and techniques that you tend to struggle with. The internet should have all your tutorial needs covered!
10. Clean your piercings.
Though putting off a piercing cleanse is totally understandable (thinking about the stinging already makes us regret suggesting it), it's definitely one of the tasks you need to cover while you're idle. Just think about the convenience once the wounds finally heal!
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