10 PureWow Editors on the Beauty Rituals That Help Them De-Stress

Do you have a beauty ritual that grounds you in your day? That’s the question we posed to our team of editors. From the simple act of washing your face to the pampering experience of drawing a hot bath, these small moments of quiet care are especially important as the lines between work and rest have become increasingly blurred. Here, 10 of our editors share the ways they’re destressing and finding center after a year spent in various stages of lockdown.

What Does Self-Care Mean in the Age of Self-Quarantine?

1. Rinsing The Day Away

"If I'm being honest, in the early days of the pandemic, both parents working full-time, no childcare, a toddler to chase after, it was a wonder if I ate breakfast, let alone washed my face. Then, in a moment of 'dude, you have to prioritize yourself, even for 30 seconds,' I discovered OSEA's Ocean Cleansing Milk. Washing my face at the end of the day became the one self-care ritual I could count on and continue to consistently do. And this product is magic. It not only refreshes my skin, but also wipes away the stress/chaos/uncertainty of this pandemic life? OK, that might be going overboard, but emotionally, it's a simple step and one that nourishes my skin (for real, it doesn't feel like it's stripping anything away) and makes me feel grounded, too." —Rachel Bowie, Director of Special Projects

2. Adopting A Hair Routine

“Transforming my curly hair from frizzy and stringy to defined and voluminous accidentally became my quarantine project. After trying a handful of fancy products (and TikTok hacks), I’ve found my favorite: DevaCurl B'Leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper. After detangling my hair in the shower, I scrunch the curl plumper into my hair in an upward motion to add volume. Then, I diffuse my curls using a blow dryer and finish with some oil for extra shine and frizz protection. I honestly don't have any beauty or makeup routines (although I really miss getting my nails done), so I didn't expect to get such a mood boost from experimenting with my hair. But seeing certain products and techniques pay off has been satisfying and taking the time to style my hair makes me feel refreshed and put together.”—Taryn Pire, Associate Food Editor

3. Soaking Away Stress

“I have been all about soaking in the tub after a long day of working from home. I love to drop in some CBD bath salts from either Lord Jones or Feelist, light up a little candle and settle in with a book. While a bath might be considered more of a self-care ritual, I make sure to make the water super-hot to sweat out any stress or toxins, so I consider a soak to be part of my beauty routine.”—Dena Silver, Fashion Director

4. A Tingly Scalp Massage

“My hair has always been ultra fine, but after having a baby, it seemed even thinner. I recently started massaging Hers Minoxidil Oil into my scalp in the mornings and evenings. One month in, it's too soon to say if it's working, but my scalp feels tinglier—like it's suddenly awake for the first time in years—and, once the oil dries, I get volume at my roots that I don't normally have. For that alone, it's a tiny confidence booster, not to mention a 30-second way to start and end my day that makes me feel like I'm taking care of myself.”—Candace Davison, Executive Editor

5. Polishing Up

“Since the start of the pandemic, I have gotten really into painting my own nails. It’s the rare activity that forces me to slow down and stop multitasking because the minute I try to do something else, I end up smudging a nail. I find the whole process to be meditative—filing, buffing and painting—and there is something about a fresh mani that never fails to make me feel more polished. Sorry, guys. I can’t help myself.”—Jenny Jin, Beauty Director

6. Cleaning The Slate

“I've been making it a point to wash my face twice a day. Pre-pandemic I only washed my face while in the shower at night and then used toner in the morning before applying makeup for work. But when we started working from home, I got lazy about my skincare routine and my skin felt oily and gross (constantly wearing face masks doesn’t help). It's become a nice little ritual for me and I love starting off the day with a fresh clean slate.”—Rachel Gulmi, Managing Editor, Branded Content

7. A Moment To Mask

“A beauty ritual that brings me comfort is putting on a nice mask. I try to do one once a week to pamper myself and give my skin some much needed TLC. Two of my favorite masks at the moment are Fresh Rose Face Mask and the C'est Moi Mellow Marshmallow & White Clay Cloud Mask. They both leave my skin feeling hydrated and plumped and they don’t irritate my sensitive skin.”—Chelsea Candelario, Assistant Editor

8. Adding Some Shine

“For most of this past year, I didn’t wear a stitch of makeup, which was great for a lot of reasons, but ultimately, I started feeling a bit lackluster. As someone who has always been a big makeup lover, I missed it. While I wasn’t about to put on a full face again, I decided I needed something. Enter Tower 28’s lip gloss in Coconut. It smells amazing, adds the perfect amount of tint, feels luscious on my lips and isn’t sticky in the slightest. I swipe it on before meetings or any time I want some polish. In a really weird time where I’ve had to confront a lot of things about myself, it has made me feel just that much more like, well, me.”—Cristina Gutierrez, Senior Editor, Branded Content

9. A Nightly Facial Massage

“I like using my NuFace Mini (or a jade roller if I don't feel like putting on a layer of the conductive gel that goes with it) at the end of the day because it feels like a little massage and the repetitive movements are really calming for me.”—Abby Hepworth, Editor

10. Adding An Oil

“I recently got into The Ordinary's Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil, which has been a lifesaver! I had really bad eating habits at the beginning of quarantine and my skin was suffering. This bad boy came to the rescue when it came to clearing up my acne scars. I also have sensitive skin so the fact that it didn't clog up my pores and create a bigger mess is a major plus.”—Stephanie Sengwe, Associate Editor

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Beauty Director

Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...