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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by what’s happening in our world right now. The coronavirus has us all experiencing a sense of disconnect and loss of control. One thing that might help is tending to your own small environment—prepping your home for the day-to-day reality of life with maximum safety (aka minimal social interaction) can reduce the stress and make hunkering down smoother. We’ve been focusing on helping you in any way we can.
From getting laundry truly clean to coping with an aging gel manicure, we have great advice on home and self-care to keep everyday life running well in this challenging time. We’ll be adding to this list of stories whenever new info comes in, so checking back often!
Coloring roots is an art—there’s a reason we pay the pros to do it. But with more than 18 states temporarily shuttering personal-care businesses, we may be out on our own for a while. We grilled Dana Ionato, celebrity color expert at the famed Sally Hershberger salon in NYC, on the best products and techniques for covering grays and home. Read all about it here.
At this point, we all know that finding a pack of Charmin on the shelves of your local Target is about as likely as spotting Brad Pitt at the nearby gas station. So what do you do? Well, many folks are installing bidet features on their toilets—here’s why it might be worth considering.
Gyms were among the first category of closures when the pandemic hit the States. This, combined with many hours indoors (plus stress-snacking) has made it tricky to stay in shape. Now studios are implementing and expanding streaming schedules to fill the void. For a personal no-equipment workout you can do anytime, we tapped Mary Helen Bowers, who trained Natalie Portman to ballet buff-ness for her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan. Get all the right moves here.
These sites will deliver pet food and supplies to your doorstep during the coronavirus outbreak—and most offer discounts
In the mad dash to stock up on non-perishables for the human inhabitants of your home, is there a chance you forgot to grab enough dog or cat food? Right now, the ASPCA recommends at least two weeks’ worth of food (and a 60-day supply of medication, if your pet is on any meds) for your furry love. Here are the sites that still offer delivery and discounts on auto-ship orders.
If you’re used to relying on nail-care pros to remove your gel manicure (and are clueless about the process), don’t fret: Essie Global Lead Educator Rita Remark offers tricks and tips (pun intended) for easy, non-harming at-home removal of a gel mani. Bonus: She also advises on how to keep cuticles hydrated and happy till they can enjoy the attention of a professional again.
These online delivery services will bring groceries and meals to your door during the coronavirus pandemic
If the concept of visiting the supermarket for a fridge-and-pantry re-up is giving you the shakes, take a seat. We have good news: You can order just about everything you need. Dozens of services deliver groceries straight to your door—and meal-kit companies like Blue Apron can drop off with no contact. Find the best option for you here.
While there’s no conclusive evidence on how long COVID-19 can survive on fabric, there is information out there that it can live for days on metals (think zippers and buttons). Here’s how to ensure your clothes are safe for wear both in and out of your home.
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