Every week, Vogue will be spotlighting tastemakers across industries to hear how they’ve been approaching self-care during the coronavirus pandemic. We asked actress and producer, Tika Sumpter about how she has been staying sane at home. Here, the Mixed-ish actress shares what she’s been reading to how she’s been practicing self-care during quarantine.1. I’m reading.
I am finding solace and comfort in so many ways. One silver lining, if you can call it that, of the pandemic is the time I have made a point to carve out for myself. I haven’t dedicated time to reading anything other than work for so long that sitting down with a book has provided a level of calm I didn’t realize was missing. I cannot put this book down yet sometimes I actually have to. It takes me through a range of emotions because the storytelling is so beautiful and incredibly relevant for this moment we’re witnessing in the U.S.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Shop Now2. I’m taking care of my skin.Photo: Courtesy of Tika SumpterPhoto: Courtesy of Tika Sumpter
Having a skincare regimen has always been important to me. Routine is something that makes me feel cared for because it is an intentional act that’s just for me and those moments are important for everyone. While I’m not wearing camera-ready makeup as often over the last few months, I am still nourishing and loving my skin without losing a ton of time that I’d rather spend with my family. Loops’s Sunrise Service masks always give me the pick-me-up I need and the best part of it is I only have to leave it on for 10 minutes. I’m also in love with Chloe & Chad’s face wash because it purifies my skin perfectly. Their small batches and handcrafted wash makes my skin feel like absolute magic.
Loops Sunrise Service masks (set of 5)
Shop Now3. I’m practicing self-care.
Confessions of a working mom during COVID.Photo: Courtesy of Ella/Tika Sumpter
I’ve started taking long walks for my peace of mind (are you detecting a theme?) Whether I’m solo or have my mini-me in tow, taking these moments to walk, reflect, and give thanks for the beauty that still surrounds me helps to center and refocus my mind. I’m pretty sure I will continue to make the time to walk as my schedule returns to what I’m used to. I may even start a mandatory self-care walk on set simply because I feel like my best self once it’s complete. Oh, and I have to mention my Heiress candle too! I didn’t even have to light it and the scent made me feel like I left home. It is working overtime to calm me through these chaotic times. These are small, simple things but have made a world of difference in a world that sometimes feels out of my control.