During this unprecedented time, a little more self-care can go a long way toward a healthier state of mind. With most states and communities under “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders, it’s easy to forget to take care of our basic needs, much less dedicate some time to skin care & pampering ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that time is seeming to melt together…hours become a day…days turn into a week. It’s odd how this COVID-19 quarantine can feel so slow in the moment, yet at the same time, looking back on the last 2 weeks it seems like time has passed by quickly.
In an effort to help keep our San Diego community (who I consider family) safe during this time, our office is closed. However, as a physician, I felt it was important to also contribute to my community’s well being in some way. However small, this is from the heart. I hope you all will continue to stay “safer at home” and try to enjoy whatever blessings come from this.
Hydration – Water & Fruits/Veggies
It can be difficult to find fresh fruits and veggies at the store with the produce aisle running low on just about everything. Fruits & veggies are a great source of water in the diet, which can help hydrate the body from the inside out. Plus, we should be avoiding excessive trips to the store anyways…
So, what’s the solution for empty produce shelves? Check your freezer! Frozen vegetables can be added to hydrating soups; frozen fruits can be turned into super food liquid smoothies to help boost fluid intake.
The next time you have to make a grocery run, consider the frozen section instead of the produce aisle to see what creative recipes you can come up with to hydrate yourself through your daily diet.
If you’re not a plain water drinker (I’m raising my hand here, too), then consider adding sliced lemon and cucumber to your water (“spa water”) or buy a flavor enhancer to make water more palatable. Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
P.S. Don’t forget to get outside for a daily walk, which can help keep circulation flowing, improve your sleep, and reduce stress.
Sleep & Stress Management
Speaking of sleep and stress, getting enough sleep and reducing stress are easier said than done. With working at home, homeschooling the kids, and general anxiety that can result from these drastic lifestyle changes, it is crucial to pay more attention to your sleep quality and stress management.
That quote “get your beauty sleep” is really true! Develop a sleep hygiene routine for yourself and try to get 7-8 hours of rest a night. You’ll see a significantly positive difference in your skin as well as your ability to cope with stress.
Stress management can be especially tricky at a time like this. But it is still an essential part of maintaining good health, a strong immune system, and glowing skin. Stress can trigger breakouts and other skin problems, so try to take a deep breath whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed to 1) calm your nervous system and 2) tell your body to get out of “fight or flight” mode.
One scientifically proven way to reduce stress is through meditation. Try this soothing and calming RAIN meditation from expert Tara Brach to help manage stress. Your entire body (and your skin) will thank you!
Doctor Recommended Skin Care in San Diego
Try to pamper yourself by doing your own mani-pedi at home, using that face mask you’ve been meaning to try, or whipping up some at-home skin care treatments.
When it comes to doctor recommended skin care products in San Diego, I’ve already done the research for you on which products are clinically proven to give you noticeable results relevant to your specific skin concerns. You can trust a doctor like me who has this many years of experience.
My aesthetic practice offers skin care product information 24/7 from our website with several links to purchase these products from home and have them delivered right to you (ZO Medical, ZO Skin Health, Epionce, & DefenAge).
If you have questions about any of these products, feel free to get in touch with me and my staff through the web until we’re back in the office again.
Wishing you and your loved ones safety and good health during this pandemic crisis.
Dr. Aeria Chang