5 Ways to Glow Up Over Quarantine

Due to the coronavirus, we have months of free time to finally get that glow up and come back slaying everyone’s lives. Below are 5 steps to getting you started on your journey. 

1. Sleep (yes, it's that simple)

During sleep, the body repairs daytime damage to the skin produces collagen (the structural protein in our skin) and releases the human growth hormone which increases muscle mass and strengthens the skin. On the other hand, getting a poor night’s sleep can lead to hanging eyelids, swollen eyes, darker under-eye circles, paler skin, and more wrinkles. So turn off Netflix and make sure you're getting your beauty sleep while you can!

2. Don't wear makeup 

For people who don't know, there's a setting on Zoom that retouches your appearance in your video. So, there's no need to get up 30 minutes early to beat that face. Let your skin breathe during this quarantine, and make sure you don't forget to do your skincare routine. No makeup means that your pores are less likely to get clogged, leading to fewer breakouts. Also, popping pimples may have been acceptable when you had a social life, but now there is no excuse for causing damage to your skin unnecessarily. Let your skin chill during this time and it will greatly appreciate it.

3. Do protective styles and moisturize your hair

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Now is the time to ditch those tight buns and ponytails and start protective styling. Those sleek hairstyles may look nice, but they predispose your hair to breakage. During quarantine, protect your strands by putting them in protective and low maintenance hairstyles such as braids, twists, or even letting it flow free. This point works especially well on drier, kinkier textures, but all hair types benefit from low-manipulation. 

4. Reorganize your wardrobe

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Usually, our busy college lives leave us throwing on whatever is in our closet and getting to the mall once the semester ends and we can catch a breath. However, now we have the chance to evaluate our wardrobe, throw out things that we don't wear, and get to hours of online shopping in order to revamp our style. 

5. Work out

This is something I personally want to improve on because before quarantine I had no exercise routine at all. But now that I’m laying around bored, this gives me time to plan how to get that summer body back. At school I would have brushed off working out with the excuse of having work to do, however now there is nothing to blame being unfit on. 

I hope this list helps you in getting started on going 0 to 100 over the quarantine. And even if you're already a 100, hopefully, this will give you something to entertain yourself with as you find yourself chained to your house!