Updated: Apr 24
The world may be on pause but your wellbeing is not.
Turn your quarantine period into a self-care-staycation. Whether you are in lockdown or practising social distancing, here are a few ideas to keep you glowing while staying home in isolation.
We are living through strange times, that's for sure. Stuck at home for the foreseeable future with our lives being reduced to making sure our basic needs are met - and that we get through the next few weeks keeping both physically and mentally healthy.
But if we consider this time as a chance for a much needed period of self- reflection and self-growth, it will go a lot easier. You may even enjoy it, in a way.
If you are not sure how you are going to cope with this new and unfamiliar reality, or you are simply searching for inspiration on how to pass the time, then look no further. Here is a basic guide on how to practise self love during quarantine to ensure you come out the other side not only feeling physically and emotionally healthy - but quite possibly even more so than you did before!
Take It One Day At A Time
Right now, it's hard to make any sort of plans for the upcoming months, weeks or even days. Whether you’re wanting to meet friends, make travel plans, we don’t know how long it will be until we can do these activities again. This time inside is about understanding ourselves, learning new things about ourselves and perhaps getting to know our inner landscape.
So, for the time being, we have to accept the fact that this choice has been taken away from us. We cannot control what happens around us but what we can control is the way that we react to it. Many of us usually face so much choice each day that we feel paralysed and overwhelmed, thanks to the modern fear of missing out (FOMO). Or the regret that we are not doing as much as we feel we should be. Simply take solace in the fact right now that you are really not missing out or expected to do anything other than stay at home and be patient.
Do not worry about what you should be doing tomorrow or the day after. Simply wake up each morning - the rest will follow.
Maintaining Your Glow During Self-isolation
We understand that hygiene is paramount at this time, especially handwashing practises, not only given the current situation but also to maintain our hands curated and genuinely feel good about ourselves.
Unfortunately, the skin around our hands becomes worn and dry if we use harsh chemicals and these can be added to many common beauty products to ensure the cleanliness of the end result. However, there is a soap formulation where you can wash your hands as often as you can, and it will not dry out the natural skin barrier.
Introducing The Moisturising Lavish Soap. This incredible soap, made by Schola Testori, contains ingredients with skin softening properties such as Illipe and Mango Butter, Jojoba oil, Japanese Vitamin C and Sericin, all of which are precious components in protecting your skin's moisture levels.
This soap can not only be used on your hands, but it’s also mild enough to be used on your face. I have used this soap formula on my hands and the creamy consistency and the entrancing smell transported me to a warm dreamy Italian landscape. The soap formula is non-aggressive and leaves the skin moisturised and it works to restore the natural skin barrier increasing its defences and delivering exceptional benefits for the mind and body.
This soap formula leaves the skin soft, nourished and moisturised so you can use it as regularly as required. The formula works to restore the natural skin barrier increasing its defences and delivers exceptional benefits for the mind and body.
Here Is A Step-by-step Beauty Routine To Follow
Maintaining a good beauty routine is also essential to our mental wellbeing. If we do not look after ourselves then we don't feel good about ourselves. Suddenly, looking after our appearance becomes much harder to keep up.
Remove any makeup residue with Schola Testori Nourishing Cleanser Milk - What’s wonderful about this product is that it contains silk protein cleanser which purifies the skin because of the natural amino acids. Make-up and residue from the day are removed with minimal effort.
Gently apply the Revitalising Toner for a refreshing, soothing, and firming treatment for your skin. After applying the Revitalising Toner, the skin will be left toned and soothed revealing a healthy glow. This beautiful toner also contains Sericin which is the silk protein we mentioned earlier.
The reason why you can achieve such a healthy glow is because the silk protein is a fibrous protein, its molecular structure is similar to that of the collagen fibres that make up the skin.
It naturally increases the elasticity of the skin, speeds up its metabolism, prevents wrinkles, and tightens the skin so that it remains smooth and delicate. The Revitalising Toner does all the work so that you don’t have to.
Facial skincare is worth investing in, not just because our face is something that we have for the rest of our lives, but because it can help you feel better, to know that you’re taking care of yourself.
Gently dry the excess of product with the Schola Testori’s Face Towel.
This precious, delicate towel is highly absorbent due to the two different textures expertly woven together:
a smooth gentle gauze, and a soft absorbent pile.
The reason for this is that the towel easily absorbs water and prevents dehydration.
Having a separate towel for your face, and particularly Schola Testori’s precious Face towel will actually enhance the soothing properties of the products.
The Guest Towel, as well as the Face Towel, are a great combination to be used with the Lavish Soap. This fantastic duo will keep your hands soft and smooth, preventing your skin from drying damages.
It’s Time To Moisturise!
Next, don’t forget to apply Schola Testori’s Rejuvenating Moisturiser to restore your skin’s tone and elasticity, leaving you with a silky feeling (and a healthy glow after just 7 days of use).
The active ingredients, such as the Sericin (the silk protein), prevent wrinkles and tightens the skin for you. Your melanin in the skin is formed by the oxidation of tyrosinase which has a super durable moistening ability, a natural anti-wrinkle which promotes the secretion of collagen and also has an anti-inflammatory compound which can improve inflammatory wounds.
Simple Pleasures Make The World Go Round
This time is about you, so be sure to incorporate plenty of simple pleasures into your routine. You may be more limited than usual right now, especially when it comes to the ways you usually have fun, relax and recharge. But all it takes is a little creativity to rethink how you can still enjoy your days.
Even the simplest of measures can have a transformative effect on your emotional wellbeing.
Start by overhauling your environment, make it meaningful and healing to you. For example, I do this in my meditation / visualisation work, I transform my surroundings to enhance my process.
I do this via the senses, particularly smell, as I find it transports me to another place and time. I use Schola Testori’s Fragrance Diffuser and Candle for this practice and the aromas remind me of a holiday I had in Italy.
This takes me on a sensory journey through the Italian countryside, which is my happy place but also my safe space. You can recreate this practice at home, with your own meaningful fragrances, to enhance your environment
Outdoor time — do the best you can!
Speaking of the spirit-lifting properties of time spent outdoors, fresh air — even just for a few minutes each day — can be transformative for your mental health and overall outlook on life. Granted, your options are limited right now. But for most of us, a quick walk or jog is still not only allowed but encouraged in order to maintain health and wellbeing. Failing that, if you have a garden — however small — make an effort to show it some love each day, rain or shine.
And for those of you who live in an apartment or have no access to outdoor space right now, sitting by an open window is the next best thing. Take a few minutes each day to focus on nothing but whatever lies outdoors — even if all you can see is the pavement outside — it can give your eyes a much-needed break from your phone or PC screen, or pages of your book. It can also encourage you to take your attention outside of your limited space for a while. Remind yourself that there is a whole world out there, and you will be able to enjoy it again soon —only with newfound gratitude and admiration!
Wear Comfortable Clothes That Also Enhance Your Appearance.
I know it can be hard to wake up and put on your best clothes, only to sit around the house all day. Instead, find the perfect compromise between a sleek ‘going-out’ outfit and something that feels more like a second skin.
Schola Testori’s womenswear is a clear example of my perfect outfit for both a Sunday Brunch or reading a book, sat comfortably with a glass of wine.
Their beautiful range, perfectly combines the typical sophistication of Italian design, with the preciousness of fine cashmere and silk.
From a hot bath, a daily coffee by the window, taking the time to read or catch up on your favourite shows, or spending a few minutes breathing outdoors (if done so responsibly). Punctuating your days with little lifts like these will keep your positivity going and remind you, in the midst of all this madness, that you are still human — and your human need for rest and pleasure don’t stop just because it seems like most of the world has.
This means balancing self- discipline with self-love.
The key to getting through this situation on an individual level is focusing within, seeing the positive side of this experience, and reflecting on how you can learn and grow from it.