The Ultimate Quarantine Self-Care Guide (2022): Nails, Hair, and Skin Care

If you can spend a little more, I (Medea) love Foreo’s UFO Smart Mask Device. It’s a 90-second spa treatment that uses heat, cryotherapy, vibrations, and LED light so you don’t need to sit around with a mask for 20 minutes if you don’t want to. I’m always surprised at just how much better my skin feels after using it over a typical sheet mask, and how relaxing it is.

A jade face roller is not going to change your appearance, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel nice to use. As New York esthetician Joi Lin Tynes explained to me, a roller won’t boost product penetration or help stimulate collagen as some companies claim, but it can still be good for a light lymphatic drainage massage or for depuffing skin if you put it in the refrigerator first.

There’s a lot of bad skin-care advice out there, and we all have different skin types, so what works for us won’t necessarily work for you. You should take this downtime to do your own research and ask questions. Skinclasshero, Tiara Willis, and LaBeautyologist are some of my favorite experts to follow, because they offer legitimate advice for everyone, not just those with extra money to spend. There’s also a fantastic subreddit, SkincareAddiction, which is overflowing with advice.

The best thing you can do for your skin is moisturize and use SPF everyday—yes, even if you’re inside. And you still need to moisturize and hydrate even if you’re oily. My favorite for my dry skin is Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Cream, but at $68 it’s a splurge if there ever was one. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel is my default moisturizer.

Combat Mascne

The other kinds of face masks we’ve been wearing might have a negative effect on your skin. We’re talking about the dreaded mascne—AKA mask acne. We have a separate guide on what causes it and how to prevent and treat it, but the short version is: Wash your masks frequently (here are our favorites), avoid wearing makeup in areas the mask covers, keep your skin hydrated, and try pimple patches. Our favorite pimple patches are Mighty Patch and Starface. ZitSticka microdart patches work well for deep cystic acne, but they’re expensive.

Moisturize Your Lips Too

Lips are often forgotten when it comes to skin care, at least until they suddenly become painfully chapped.

This lip exfoliator can help slough off dead skin, leaving your lips soft and creating a good base for moisturizing products—like the Fresh sugar balms we like. Three Ships’ exfoliator smells great, is made with simple vegan ingredients, and it works well to prevent mask-related chapping.

If your lips have already found their way into painfully chapped territory, this overnight lip mask from Victoria’s Secret has saved my lips many a time.

Don’t Forget Hair Care

Just like your skin and nails, your hair needs some love. Louryn’s guides on how to cut your own hair and how to dye your hair will help you avoid disaster.

Olaplex, a system that works on a molecular level to restore hair’s broken bonds, has gained popularity in the hair community these last few years. I (Medea) started using a full Olaplex routine and am in love with how much softer my usually coarse hair feels. I use the Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment, Hair Perfector, and the Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner. A WIRED photo editor told me to buy the Perfector and to “never not use it. It will change your hair life.” She was right.

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