5 Essential Workers on Using Beauty as Self-Care During COVID-19
If the flood of at-home hair makeovers in the last couple months has taught us anything, it’s that aesthetic changes are a really common way of coping with times of uncertainty or stress. People often turn to things like makeup or skin-care routines to find balance or pleasure during chaotic times, so it makes sense that people are doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic.[Essential workers have reported stress, immense pressure, and mistreatment throughout the day as they work to ensure others can stay safe. Those in the medical profession put themselves at risk of infection every day, and many food service workers, for example, are underpaid and often do not have paid sick leave. In light of all this tension, beauty routines can provide some much-needed levity. Allure asked five people all about their routines and found that using a favorite makeup or skin-care product can be both a fun distraction and an important form of self-care.
Makeup can be a necessary distraction
Elizabeth Collins, a sales associate in West Virginia, tells Allure that applying makeup every morning has not only been a nice distraction, but a way to keep her calm in an intense work environment. “Even though my mask at work covers most of it up, I still use makeup every day to help keep my nerves under control,” she says. “Using these products helps me de-stress because it’s just very healing. There’s something about changing yourself into a new person through makeup that helps you feel better.”