With most of the world practicing social distancing due to the Coronavirus, self-care has never been more important – or crucial for staying sane. So we asked a few industry friends how they’re taking care of their skin when WFH. Between radiance-infusing rituals, multi-step day and night routines, and DIY hand treatments, we could all learn a thing or two from these makeup, skin, and nail experts. 

Another bonus to these MUA and esthetician-approved product picks is that they can all be ordered online, which helps with the whole don’t leave the house thing. Stock up on your serums, lotions, potions, and other cleansing necessities now, then prepare to emerge more fresh-faced than you’ve ever been before. And yes, SPF is still a must – even inside. 

Molly R. Stern’s Glow-Boosting Morning Routine  

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Reese Witherspoon and Daisy Ridley’s MUA, Molly R. Stern, says the key to WFH beauty is to do anything and everything that makes you feel good and that’s why we love her. “We need an extra push right now to add to our inner strength and self-esteem –  do whatever you need to feel awesome,” she adds. Here’s her morning routine: 

Step 1: “I wash my face with Epicuren Apricot Cream Cleanser, $24.50. It’s great for normal to dry skin, smells divine, and I think turning on as many of our senses at once is a great additive to feeling amazing.”

Step 2: “I then invigorate my skin with a refreshing spritz of TOWER 28 SOS Save.Our.Skin Daily Rescue Facial Spray, $12. This is the most calming spray I have ever used. ”

Step 3: “Next I massage in Natura Bissé Oxygen Complex Serum, $178. This serum gives the skin a boost of energy and vitality.” 

Step 4: “Then I apply a small amount of Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Cream, $132, and I stimulate my skin with the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar, $195. It’s great for circulation and revives puffy looking skin. ”

Step 5: “One more spritz of the TOWER 28 SOS spray and add a little more C+C cream if I feel like I need it!” 

Step 6: “Lastly neck cream, never forget the neck! I’ve been using the new Epicuren Neck Cream that’s just launched.” 

Brigitte Beasse’s Collagen-Enhancing Morning Routine 

 

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Esthetician Brigitte Beasse usually spends her days perfecting famous faces like Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Alexis Bledel, but when WFH she likes to exercise to oxygenate the body, tone the muscles, and activate blood circulation –  for better skin and cellular turnover. 

Step 1: “I only tone, never wash, with Brigitte Beauté Phyto-Calming Toner, $45.You don’t want to disrupt the acid mantle of your skin, which you have been building throughout the night to protect your skin from daily free radicals (like the sun and dirt).”

Step 2: “Next I apply Brigitte Beauté Collagen Treatment Creme, $90 – my moisturizer with collagen, as well as vitamins A, E, and C to fight the aggressions of the day.”  

Step 3: “Then I apply sunscreen. I use a physical sunscreen containing ZINC like Environ SUN RAD, $50.”  

Extra step: “I also like the NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment, $149, for its red, amber and infrared LED light to tone facial muscles and boost your elastin and collagen production.

Annie Lawless’ Deeply Hydrating PM Routine

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Besides keeping a big glass of water on her desk at all times —  to stay hydrated and deliver healthy skin benefits — Lawless Beauty founder Annie Lawless Jacobs is taking a gentler, more antioxidant approach to her WFH skincare routine. 

Step 1: “I start by applying the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, $34, to break down makeup without leaving a thick residue or irritating my eyes.” 

Step 2: “Next I use the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, $40, to really slough away any remaining makeup residue from the day and leave my skin feeling deeply clean.”

Step 3: “After that, I use the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Toner, $9 – this is so inexpensive and I love it because it doesn’t have moisture-stripping alcohol like many toners.”

Step 5: “I apply the Tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener, $95. This essence contains Japanese superfoods that really soften the skin and help your skincare really absorb into your skin more efficiently.”

Step 6: “My next step is the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Serum, $90, it’s such a fantastic resurfacing serum! I find that it gets rid of any congestion and texture overnight and really evens out my skin tone. ”

Step 7: “Next up is the Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum, $58 – I have been using this in place of my retinols while pregnant and it provides all of the anti-aging, brightening effects of retinol without the irritation.” 

Step 8: “I use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $34, actually absorbs and contains oatmeal to protect and relieve the skin.” 

Step 9: “I finish the with Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil, $34 – A lightweight non-comedogenic oil that I use at the end of my nighttime skincare routine to seal everything in and prevent moisture loss while I sleep.”

Nina Park’s Protective Hand Care Routine 

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We could all learn a thing or two from celebrity manicurist and MiniLuxe nail art designer Nina Park, when it comes to protecting our over-washed mitts. “It’s important to always give your nails a little love at the end of the day (a light file, applying cuticle oil, and reapplying base or topcoat) because this can prevent anything serious like a broken nail when you can’t get to the salon.” 

Step 1: “I use MiniLuxe Rollerball Nourishing Oil, $22, first thing in the morning, after every hand wash, and before bed religiously. It’s the best! One of the ultimate ways to keep your nails healthy is to keep them moisturized, so applying this cuticle oil will encourage nails to grow out healthier and less brittle.”

Step 2: “I always have this base coat on my nails, even when they’re bare! MiniLuxe Perfect Prime, $20, is like a BB cream for  your  nails and it protects them from daily wear and tear. ”

Step 3: “Finally, I use Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand & Body Serum, $12, on my hands. This helps moisturize and keep my hands happy!”

Patrick Ta’s Uber-Luxe Facial Routine 

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Okay, so celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta‘s WFH routine may be the splurgiest of the bunch, but when people are throwing apocalyptic terms around, sometimes you just gotta treat yourself to the good creams, K?! Obviously you can use his steps to tweak your own regimen and just incorporate one La Mer goodie because of #bills.   

Step 1: “Exfoliate using La Mer Replenishing Oil Exfoliator, $125, to make sure I get rid of any excess skin or dirt.”

Step 2: “Cleanse with La Mer Cleansing Foam, $95, for a soft and clean base so my skin soaks in all the next products perfectly.”  

Step 3: “Using my ring finger, I gently tap in La Mer The Eye Concentrate, $235, around the eyes — I love this product because it truly transforms the eye area by hydrating and reducing the look of dark circles, lines, and wrinkles. ” 

Step 4: ”Moisturize with La Mer Renewal Oil, $130, followed by the La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream, $180, to make the skin look and feel vibrant and hydrated.”

Amber Dreadon’s Revitalizing Nighttime Routine  

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“While I’m WFH, my skincare routine is staying put so that I am sticking to some regimen,” explains Charlotte Lawrence and Inanna’s makeup artist Amber Dreadon. “I feel like having the same routine keeps me a little sane and this is the most consistent thing in my day to day.” 

Step 1: “Cleanse the skin using a Croon makeup remover pad with water and a tiny amount of Farmacy Green Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, $34, to remove my mascara gently.”

Step 2: “Press Fresh Kombucha Antioxidant Essence, $32, into the skin.” 

Step 3:Renee Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment, $7, massaged over face to help with brightening the skin and reducing discoloration.”

Step 4: “Sisley Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid, $150, — this is so lovely to apply with the cooling applicator.” 

Step 5: “Most nights I use Kate Sommerville Peptide K8 Power Cream, $150, as a night cream, as it’s very creamy and hydrating. A couple of nights a week I will do a mask depending on what my skin needs. If it’s hydration, I love the Sisley Velvet Sleeping Mask, $140; to calm and soothe, I love Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask, $120; if my skin is congested, I use the Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask, $34, to really deep clean. For lips, I use Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $20.”

Step 6: “Once I’m in bed, I also use my LightStim, $169, to firm the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and pores.” 

For more skincare tips, check out 21 skincare tips you need to know.