Cuenco: Quarantine activities: Part 2

The Beauty Enthusiast

SINCE we are not able to go out yet for professional skin care, we have all the time to do it at home now. We may not have the special machines that skin clinics have, but chances are you already have the products you need. Here are a few ideas for taking it slow with your skin care.

• I used to rush or shortcut my Korean skin care routine on most nights because I would be tired after a full day of work or socials. That would be makeup removal, cleansing, toning, essence, serum, moisturizer, eye cream and lip balm, then a scrub and/or mask once a week. Now that I have more time, instead of just slapping everything on, I can massage my face for longer, which I think really helps circulation and product absorption.

• Now is the best time to use those sheet masks or clay masks that need to be left on for 15 to 20 minutes. I prefer to do this once or twice a week, after using a facial scrub. If you are heading out for a pharmacy run and have the budget, treat yourself to a P40 or P50 sheet mask. Place it in the fridge first for some relief during these hot days. These are anxious times and a small treat once in a while is okay.

• If you prefer not to use store-bought masks, why not DIY? You may find that homemade masks of nourishing, natural ingredients might even be more effective on the skin. Egg white is a good base to start with. Mix with other ingredients like honey or mashed banana and spread evenly on the face for a few minutes. Some recipes call for lemon, but that might sting sensitive skin. I’ve personally tried mashing strawberries and combining it with a little milk and honey as a mask. It does wonders for making skin baby soft.


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