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mask-ne and shelter in place 101


hey y’all, kim right here presently in tokyo holed up in my tiny airbnb condo safely sheltering in place. i hope you’re holding it down, staying wholesome and sane.
a few purchasers emailed to ask about cope with life as it’s proper now, and what to do about mask-ne (zits you are getting from carrying masks!). listed here are the ideas i jot down and despatched them, and hope you discover them useful too.
principally all the things we have ever taught you about residing a low-inflammatory, acne-safe life-style are the identical issues that ought to carry stability and calm in your life throughout this anxious time. sleeping and consuming at common instances, exercising each day, managing your stress in no matter methods work greatest for you, and many others and many others – no magic silver bullet, all the identical shit. 🙂
i have been incorporating all of those whereas making an attempt to follow further compassion for myself which i feel has been working – together with cooking all of my meals, i’ve lastly gotten to a spot the place i am razor-focused on (lastly) ending up the zits e book! (i am two weeks in, and that i hope to have all of it completed by the top of might. want me luck!)
hoping these sources provide help to out, let me know when you have different concepts to share, need me to cowl extra areas or discover extra sources for you.


this can be a massive one. all the things we have all the time taught our purchasers lifestyle-wise is to be built-in for precisely this notably anxious time. most significantly, be mild with your self. it is an extremely unprecedented anxious time and judging your self just isn’t going assist one bit. attempt to transfer in the direction of a mindset of doing issues that make you content but in addition are good and wholesome for you – in a manner, simply loving your self as you’re.
some IG accounts i really like:
  • @lalahdelia – creator of ‘vibrate increased each day’, an attractive black girl creator, religious author and wellness educator
  • @the.holistic.psychologist – queer psychologist nicole lepera tells it like it’s, speaks truths you did not even know you wanted to disseminate and course of; boundaries, trauma, dependancy, ego, self-betrayal, all of it. actually actually deep work that i am so grateful for her making so accessible and straightforward to know.
  • @repairing_the_nervous_system – jessica macguire out of australia (i feel?), she speaks particularly self-regulate the nervous system via trauma and the physique
  • @kanpobliss – dr. jun negoro, an acupuncturist i’ve been following for years on IG and at last received to satisfy whereas in singapore earlier this 12 months. she breaks down TCM into straightforward to know (and cute!!) posts, and her app is impressively superb and free! an excellent device to simply combine some TCM data and follow into your life.
a few of my private youtube playlists:
i will proceed including to those playlists as i uncover new cool issues i like.
2 ingredient candy potato roti! the video is on my youtube playlist, nevertheless it’s fairly easy: mash collectively 1 half sizzling + steaming candy potato with 1/2 to 1 half flour. as soon as all is totally combined, type a log and reduce into even items (1 entire potato +flour will make about 6 rotis). roll out onto a floured floor to 2mm thickness, then prepare dinner on a dry fry pan on medium warmth, flipping each 30 seconds for about 2-3 minutes. puffing up is okay, they’re going to deflate naturally whenever you pull them off the pan. when finished, tuck them right into a material serviette/towel blanket to maintain them heat and versatile. leftovers could be saved in an hermetic bag to maintain them tender, and gently warmed on the range + will hold the following day or two, longer within the fridge. sooo good for avocado and/or no matter wraps. get pleasure from!


  • attempt consuming solely sweets that you just make. that is how i have been getting via it (particularly since i do not wish to exit, and meals made by others you do not know what’s in them, and refined sugar is excessive). michael pollan in one among his books wrote, it is okay to eat junk meals if you happen to make it your self; chances are high you’ll simply eat much less of it, admire it extra, and use higher high quality substances
  • attempt consuming fruit as a candy as a substitute of one thing that has straight-up sugar in it
  • attempt utilizing low glycemic sugars like coconut sugar, jaggery or treacle to exchange common cane sugar in your recipes. jaggery or treacle you could find at ethnic meals markets so you will be supporting small native biz whereas avoiding crowded massive field shops too 🙂 (ps, you may normally scale back sugar in recipes by half, and the completed factor will come out completely okay!)
  • i personally additionally make it a rule to eat savory meals first and eat a candy afterward (or as an remoted afternoon snack) as a deal with, to maintain my (normally excessive) blood sugar secure.
  • lastly, a tip that i received from my mama: brush your tooth instantly after consuming. this for some motive helps me not crave sweets after getting my mouth all minty recent. i would say it really works about 95% of the time – however perhaps moreso as a result of i am simply too lazy to brush my tooth once more 🙂


  • man that is powerful for me too, all the time has been. however, i’ve been doing 20-30 minute exercises (here is my youtube checklist) and on @popsugarfitness ‘ IGTV, as a result of when you consider it, 20-Half-hour actually is not that a lot time. you are able to do something for 20 minutes. or perhaps even 10! something to start out, you will possible hold going when you get began and recover from the hump. with that in thoughts, i am extra motivated to get a brief however efficient exercise in earlier than i eat breakfast. it additionally helps me focus higher, and be in a significantly better and more healthy temper. (tip: you may watch IG TV in your desktop, simply go to their profile and click on the IGTV icon beneath their highlights; makes for a lot simpler viewing whereas following alongside)
  • attempt to train with out interested by it. simply do it very first thing whenever you get up and put your exercise garments on. the 30 minutes you’d take waffling backwards and forwards about it is going to be over and also you’d have already been finished together with your exercise!
  • if you happen to can get exterior whereas social distancing safely, getting out into nature or simply exterior for a stroll in recent air (with a masks) counts too. now (or ever) just isn’t the time to guilt your self for not coaching for a loopy marathon. simply getting out of the home (even simply sitting in your stoop or on the roof) for some direct publicity to pure climate components undoubtedly counts for one thing.
  • protecting a each day schedule is useful simply so there may be some structured circulation in your day. this may embody showering very first thing within the am, placing on an “exterior” outfit even when working from dwelling, after which altering again into pj’s after a pleasant nighttime bathtub to arrange for mattress.


  • consuming sufficient at common instances is admittedly essential. there’s an enormous tendency to snack all day and that may mess with the digestion, not giving the abdomen sufficient time in between digesting meals to create extra of the digestive juices wanted in your guts to interrupt down and assimilate the meals we eat. discovering an exercise or interest to maintain you occupied will assist boredom munchies 😉
  • protecting a daily bedtime can also be tremendous essential; i get into mattress at 10, learn a e book and intention to sleep by 11 newest.
  • okay so a shopper emailed about ingesting “a number of matcha teas a day” – perhaps you may relate to caffeine consumption or another extreme factor you are doing now that you do not do “usually”. and so i wrote: hopefully you’re making them and never ingesting bottled sugary/dairy stuff. can you consider what you’re compensating for in ingesting a lot caffeine? is it simply one thing you are doing with out interested by it, or are you tremendous drained as a result of your sleep schedule is wonky? in any case, these are issues to consider, consider and regulate. personally,i alternate between matcha, golden milk, ginger and chocolate drinks i make myself with water, nut milks and a tiny little bit of coconut sugar.
  • it is a good time to google recipes to attempt! i’ve bookmarked a ton of recipes i all the time wished to attempt to by no means received to do them til now, like a 2 ingredient candy potato roti, 2 ingredient paleo banana pancake, banana oatmeal cookies and savory recipes from all around the world – consider your favourite dishes to order whenever you go to eat thai or chinese language for instance.
  • or help your native small companies for brand new meals concepts – assume bodegas, ethnic grocery shops, or eating places which are providing pickup. there are tons of gems on the market if you happen to take the time to check out a brand new spice combine or tamale joint.


  • you all know by now that i really like utilizing the‘easy behavior’ meditation app; there are soooo many well-curated gems in there and this app has helped me a lot via my final a number of anxious years. the hyperlink will provide you with 2 weeks at no cost.
  • journaling / writing issues down / lists assist me get my ideas, frustrations, fears, goals and concepts out of my head, which helps my thoughts accept bedtime / be usually much less wired all through the day
  • ensure to get some laughs in your day; @thedailyshow and @sarahcpr on IG have been protecting me knowledgeable however in a manner that emits laughs. oh man. traditional stand-up reveals are additionally actually good.
  • keep up a correspondence with people, staying in contact together with your neighborhood and people you’re keen on could make or break your day. this can be a PERFECT alternative to meet up with folks you’ve got been which means to get to know higher, or spend extra time with, like elders in your neighborhood
  • i’ve personally been very triggered by the present occasions within the us (political, racial violence), so i attempt to restrict my publicity/studying of that anxious media AND do what i can to behave on the trigger; to me this implies elevating consciousness and writing emails to authorities places of work, signing petitions. seeing the shit and never doing something about it makes me really feel powerless and defeated, so doing even one small factor helps me really feel extra empowered and fewer depressed concerning the world.
  • it helps to get pals on board, or no less than know what you are as much as. when you have roommates you may allow them to know that you just wish to work in more healthy habits and perhaps they will take part with you, or no less than morally help you.

MASK-NE: if you happen to’re breaking out from carrying all these rattling masks

  • ice as per standard, perhaps much more. it is undoubtedly meditative so will do double obligation in calming your nerves by taking your thoughts off all the things else besides the freezing chilly
  • contemplate taking the dietary supplements optizinc or zyflamend for systemic inflammatory help; a nurse shopper has finished this for years and it is helped (we stopped promoting them however you may simply discover them on-line)
  • if you happen to can put on a brand new clear cloth masks that you just swap out day by day vs these paper n95 sort / breath-restricting varieties day by day that may be higher for breathability and pores and skin friction however if you happen to can’t there’s not a lot room to work with 🙁 i ordered a masks and matching headwrap from this pretty nigerian-born-in-italy-scientist-turned-designer iffy of olive ankara i met in singapore that lets you tuck a surgical masks contained in the washable material masks, so discovering or making one thing like this may very well be good. these clear plastic face shields are good too, however aren’t to exchange masks. (ALSO scroll all the way down to see sS’er marissa making masks by hand within the bay for donations or free!)
  • attempt to keep inside secure areas the place you need not put on masks as a lot as you may ie at dwelling and when alone in your automobile
  • wash your face and ice as quickly as you get dwelling and if you happen to can, tolerate toner / exfoliate
  • handle different inflammatory components as a lot as attainable incorporating stress administration, emotional help, self-compassion, low glycemic food plan, common sleep habits, hydration and many others and many others. all of the wholesome issues we educate you is to maintain irritation down
  • at this level it’s what it’s and this all we are able to do. keep robust and relaxation within the truth you understand what your zits is from and know what to do to eliminate it as quickly as you’re ready (to cease carrying the masks!)
  • come for therapy when the clinic opens again up, however know that repeated carrying of the masks will nonetheless pose the identical irritations
ice ya face! picture supply:


perhaps you’ve got been consuming stuff or experimenting with merchandise and are breaking out. or are simply sustaining your already clear pores and skin! both case, stick together with your BASIC routine twice a day. do that for no less than 2-3 weeks earlier than making an attempt to work any of the opposite stuff (together with serums) again in, if you happen to even want them at that time:
  • cleanse
  • ice
  • tone – in all probability 5% if you happen to can tolerate that twice a day. if not, then 2.5% as soon as then twice til you run out then 5%
  • hydrating gel or rejuvenation serum when you have/want it
  • spf within the day and hydrating cream at night time
this may tackle just about any and all pores and skin considerations (breaking out, irritation, anti-aging), and protecting irritation down is paramount to protecting the purge as painless as attainable.
once more, persist with the fundamentals and check-in with us in just a few weeks to see how we are able to bump it up, if you happen to even have to.
rejuvenation serum is secure to make use of anytime, after firming and earlier than moisturizing ideally day to guard towards solar harm, however nighttime works too as a result of it feels and smells good, which can assist carry your spirits (and provide moisture/antioxidant help to your pores and skin).


a few our fab purchasers are doing nice issues for the neighborhood and that i wish to share them with you! verify these girls out and provides them a shout. and please let me know if you happen to’re doing one thing superior you need me to share too 🙂

sS’er marissa (@marissadpoulin) has been getting artful and is making masks for donations (and at no cost if you cannot donate). she’s received a number of materials to select from – verify her out on IG in case you are 🙂

pretty sS’er berlin-based acupuncturist rachel root made some tremendous cute movies: “three morning routines for a greater day” and “{couples} acupressure therapeutic massage“.


since she is now working independently as a licensee of skinSALVATION, we thought it might be a good suggestion for her to start out a brand new IG web page to speak to her SF purchasers immediately about clinic-related updates. you may sustain with what she’s as much as on her each day walks, and updates as they arrive. give her a comply with right here 🙂

bear in mind to breathe deeply (and safely), be affected person, be variety.
we’re all going via it, collectively.
take excellent care of you and one another.



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