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The Importance Of A Daily Routine with Perricone MD

How can a daily routine keep you calm in a crisis? It has become way too easy for our days to all run together in our new, surreal stay-at-home lifestyles. If you’ve skipped a shower, lived in pajamas, or slept in later than you have since your teens, you are most definitely not alone. Good habits are now regularly being broken (slacking off on your skincare routine, anyone?), and not-so-great ones are taking hold.

It’s hard to keep a routine going when you’re not going anywhere… and not just today, but for the foreseeable future. And while we may have even welcomed the respite from our hectic schedules at first, we’re now deep enough into shelter-at-home for the lack of routine to actually be detrimental to our well-being.

That’s because research regularly shows that having a routine — a set of habits or things you do everyday — is essential in keeping our brains feeling safe and secure. It’s the right conditions for our brains to thrive.

According to a study from Tel Aviv University, repetitive behaviors reduce anxiety. Another study published in Psychological Science found that people who experienced connections and regularity found more meaning in their everyday lives. And who couldn’t use a feeling of greater purpose and satisfaction right now, when it’s easier than ever to get lost in fear and the struggle to maintain normalcy? Who couldn’t benefit from a structure that helps your brain experience less stress in overwhelmingly stressful times?

Having an orderly routine — from taking a shower first thing in the morning to making your bed, to a weekly Zoom happy hour with friends — can help us feel secure, happier and safer. Here, 5 ways to feel calmer through simple, everyday actions.

SET A SCHEDULE

While you may be able to sleep in later than you normally would, still set an alarm so that you’re getting up at the same time every day.

Start your day with a workout, some meditating, FaceTime with a loved one, a few moments drinking a cup of tea before your kids get up — anything that makes you feel good and starts your day off on a positive note.

Try to eat meals at times you normally would (this also helps keep you from packing on boredom or stress weight). Put virtual dates, calls, closet — organizing time, anything that matters to you on your calendar so that it’s scheduled with a specific time. Doing so will give flow and a sense of normalcy to your days. And of course, stick to a healthy bedtime, as sleep is key in relieving stress and anxiety, as well as regulating your emotions.

GET DRESSED

Aristotle once said that “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a certain way.” That was the old-school way of saying “get up, dress up and show up.”

Don’t give away your confidence and energy by not continuing to do the things that make you feel more professional, more put together, and more productive.

You wouldn’t show up to work or dinner with your friends wearing ratty old sweats and unwashed hair, so why do it now? Studies show that what we wear affects our behavior and mood. There’s even a scientific term for it: Enclothed Cognition.

WASH YOUR FACE

There’s a reason why Girl, Wash Your Face (by Rachel Hollis) was a bestseller long before we’d ever heard of Covid-19. Gaining strength is about taking action, beginning with the smallest things… like continuing your daily skincare routine. You are important enough — and your skin is important enough — to stay the course. After all, it will be with you long after we are allowed to leave the house again.

PUT ON A LITTLE BIT OF MAKEUP

Creating an easy, no-makeup makeup look only takes a few minutes but can do wonders in helping you to feel like the days have a normalcy to them. Makeup artist Rosalba Martone created this quick and simple routine:

  1. Start with No Makeup Foundation Serum . It creates a natural-looking, dewy complexion, thanks to alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant and helps skin texture look smoother, reducing the look of fine lines and pores. Use your finger to pat and press wherever you need coverage to smooth out your skin tone.
  2. For a radiant glow that looks fresh and natural, mix a bit of No Makeup Blush with No Makeup Highlighter, and use your fingers to apply to the apples of cheeks. Blend upward towards the top of the ears. Or, mix Blush with No Makeup Bronzer for a bit more color as we’re heading into summer.
  3. You can also apply a tiny dot of No Makeup Bronzer to the temples, in the hollows of cheekbones and along the bridge of the nose for a very subtle contoured effect.
  4. Apply No Makeup Mascara to your lashes, focusing the majority of the application in the center of the eye to give a bit of a wider, brighter effect.
  5. Finish with No Makeup Lipstick in a shade like Original Pink, which is like your lips but with a bit more oomph.

SCHEDULE AN HOUR A DAY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Keep each day feeling fresh and positive by choosing a few things you’ve always wanted to learn but never had the time.

Perhaps it’s cake decorating, or working your way through a Julia Child cookbook. Maybe it’s painting with watercolors, or writing that novel you’ve always said you would if you had time. There are plenty of online programs and classes (many free or discounted right now) that can help you achieve your goals in the one hour a day you set aside for this.

As we all adjust to our new shelter-at-home lifestyles, it’s easy to not only lose track of our days, but our schedules too. But now is the time when having a routine is most important — for our health, our skin and our mental sanity. Try keeping it easy: stay organized, and pamper yourself with a simple beauty routine, like a no-makeup look that helps you feel refreshed.


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The Garden Guide

We don’t know about you, but having neglected our humble outdoor space for years, over the last few weeks it’s suddenly become a haven. With limited options and cabin fever setting in, time spent in the garden is quickly becoming the day’s highlight. 

Whether you have sprawling country grounds or a tower block balcony, tending a green patch is great for your mental wellbeing. If you’ve never dug your fingers into the soil before, now is a great time to start, and we’re here to help set you up for success.

Seasoned gardener? We may not be able to teach you anything you don’t already know, but we do have some essential items to add to your toolkit. 

Why Garden?

Need a little convincing that getting your hands dirty is worthwhile? We completely understand. For many of us, it’s only the uncertainty of the last few weeks that has made us realise how valuable growing your own fresh food could be. And as luck would have it, this is the perfect time of year to get started on your gardening journey.

Not only can gardening provide food for your family without having to venture to the supermarket, but it can also do wonders for your mental health. Nurturing something from seed to plant, connecting with the earth and letting go of ‘perfection’ is all part and parcel of becoming a gardener. 

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

Not green-fingered? Give gardening a try anyway. Best case scenario, you’ll end up with some beautiful homegrown fresh food. Worst case scenario, you’ll have spent more time outside in the fresh air and have a welcome distraction for a few weeks.

Gardening with Kids

If you have children at home, gardening is a great activity to involve them in. Allocate a special area that they’re in charge of, whether that’s a raised bed, or a paper cup on a windowsill – work with what you have. You’ll want to make sure you’re both equipped with sunhats and high SPF protection, as it’s easy to get so swept up in gardening you don’t notice how long you’ve been in the sunshine.

Gardening on a Budget

If gardening has never been your “thing” in the past, you’re probably hesitant to throw money at this potential new hobby – we get it. But it’s entirely possible to garden on a budget, using no additional materials than what you already have lying around. Take the seeds from your supermarket fruit and vegetables, keep them damp by placing them on wet cotton wool or a paper towel and pop them in a sunny spot to germinate.

Gardening Skincare Toolkit

The one downside to gardening is the battering your hands will take. Dirt pulls moisture from your skin, so between spending time handling soil and all the extra washing, your hands might take a beating. That’s where we come in.

1) Choose the right hand wash

When it comes to washing the soil from your hands, choosing the correct hand soap can make a big difference to your skin. Opt for an exfoliating variety to cut down the amount of time it takes to get your hands clean and remove every last trace of dirt. 

One of our favourite soaps for gardening is Cowshed Restore Exfoliating Hand Wash. Fine grains of pumice uncover smooth, clean skin, while the sweet orange and peppermint oils bring the fresh fragrance of the garden into your home.

2) Lock in the moisture

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that the only thing as important as hand washing is following up with lotion. Owners of dry, chapped hands around the world are currently nodding their heads in agreement. Placing a pump bottle of hand lotion in your bathroom will ensure you remember to put some much-needed moisture back into your hands after washing. 

By now, you’ve probably already discovered our range of hand lotions, but if you’re still on the hunt, here are a few of our favourites:

3) Protect and maintain skin health

Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent chapped, cracked hands. One way to do this is by giving your hands a little boost as and when needed. If you find your hands are getting a little rough, use L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub once or twice a week to buff away calluses. It gently exfoliates with shea nut husks, and replaces moisturise with a combination of shea butter and apricot oil.

If your hands are particularly dry from gardening, it’s also worth investing in occasional hand treatments. Before bed, slather on a good layer of a thick, nourishing cream like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream or Weleda Skin Food. Getting to work as you sleep, both deeply hydrate your skin with a unique blend of nourishing ingredients.

4) Deal with any niggles as they appear

If all the extra kneeling and bending is taking a toll on your joints, nip those twinges in the bud straight away. A small ache can lead to other muscles overcompensating and create a wider issue, so if you start to feel pain, treat it at the source. The Organic Pharmacy Capsicum, Devil’s Claw & Ginger Cream uses natural ingredients to provide warming, nourishing relief from joint pain and smells amazing. Or, try new Cubid CBD Rejuvenate Stay Active Cream which reduces inflammation on a cellular level.


Gardening has always been an English pastime, and there’s no time like the present to become a part of the movement. We’d love to see snaps of your home garden, tag us on Instagram @allbeautyhq