For days when you just can’t, soothe frazzled nerves with these 10 beauty products.
You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to unwind. Create your own spa day at home and luxuriate with the help of these stress-relieving formulas.
1 THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP SHOWER GEL ($30, Sephora).
Calm your mind and soothe your skin with this animal-cruelty-free shower gel. It contains vetivert, chamomile and lavender extracts to relax your senses, plus coconut oil to moisturise.
2 AVEDA STRESS-FIX SOAKING SALTS ($89).
This is made from an organic blend of sugar, essential oils and mineral-rich salts to soften and exfoliate skin. To use, add one to two tablespoons into a warm bath and soak. You can also add this to a small tub to soak tired feet. The soothing aroma of lavender, lavandin and clary sage will melt away the day’s stress.
3 CAUDALIE GRAPE WATER (from $11, Sephora).
Made using 100 per cent organic grapes, this is perfect even for those with sensitive skin. Each spritz dispenses a fine mist that helps to reduce redness and rosacea. It works great as a toner or a midday pick-me-up when skin gets dry at the office.
4 BIOTHERM LIFE PLANKTON MASK ($72, Tangs).
Slather on this overnight treatment to restore moisture to parched skin. It contains a concentrated amount of the brand’s signature Life Plankton, a cellular regenerator that helps to reduce skin redness and damage from urban aggressors.
5 JUNE JACOBS COOLING CUCUMBER CLEANSER ($82, Sephora).
Refresh your skin at the end of a long day with this calming cleanser. Cucumber extracts help to soothe skin irritations, while a potent blend of antioxidants protects skin against environmental damage and premature ageing. Plus points: This is free from parabens, preservatives, sulphates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances.
6 KIEHL’S PURE VITALITY SKIN RENEWING CREAM ($95).
Powered by New Zealand manuka honey and Korean red ginseng, this nourishing cream is 99.6 per cent naturally derived. The comforting formula helps to lock in skin moisture for a bouncy, radiant complexion.
7 L’OCCITANE AROMACHOLOGIE RELAXING MASSAGE OIL ($47.50).
Ease away knots and tension with this silky blend of essential oils. Its key ingredient is sweet almond oil from Provence, France. Massage this over skin to release its aroma and nourish your senses.
8 SHU UEMURA ULTIME8 SUBLIME BEAUTY CLEANSING OIL (from $65).
This contains eight botanical oils to refresh and condition your skin. It contains Japanese camellia to combat redness and inflammation, and Korean ginseng to nourish sallow complexions. Gently massage this into skin as the first step in your double cleanse, and let your mood be uplifted by the herbal aroma.
9 SKIN INC PURE SERUM MIST (from $30, Sephora).
Close your eyes and spray this on for a spa-like experience. A formula with mineral-rich Japanese onsen water, this hydrating mist instantly revives tired complexions. Onsen water is also known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
10 MAISON MARGIELA TEA ESCAPE ($129, Tangs).
Inspired by traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, this light fragrance contains hints of green tea, bergamot and pink peppercorn to revitalise tired minds. Spritz onto your pulse points before leaving the house to indulge in the scent all day.
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