Although “self-care” is an overused phrase, it has become absolutely essential for emotional well-being during the pandemic. At the risk of sounding too much like a pulpiteer, doing something kind for yourself every day can help change your outlook in certain moments of despair. And if you haven’t developed a self-care routine, or the goals you’ve set out to achieve in this first month of the New Year have not been fulfilled, you’re not alone. It’s challenging to muster up the strength to do much of anything.
Should finding more time for self-care moments be on your to-do list, we’ve consulted the top celebrity skin experts and facialists on both coasts for the easiest and most effective DIY masks—each unique in its formulation. Give your skin a quick pick-me-up with these easy-to-find, high-quality ingredients.
To Calm and Hydrate
Joanna Czech, who works with Lily Aldridge and Christy Turlington, suggests combining equal portions oats and flaxseed with one teabag worth of Linden in a coffee grinder. Create a paste with some lukewarm water and apply the glaze on the face. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes. “If you have an LED device, you can lie under a red light for 30 minutes. This will allow the ingredients to penetrate more deeply,” she adds. “Oats are very calming for the skin and flaxseed is full of Omegas, while Linden tea is super hydrating.”