A strenuous week full of deadlines can leave you feeling severely weary – let alone one year of relentless grind.
Just like the li’l bar on your phone, your body needs to be charged before its ready to perform again. And sometimes, the journey begins outside before you relax within. Read on to find out the top 10 beauty products you need to stock up on for a perfect de-stressing night in.
1. Tata Harper Soothing Muscle Gel
That constant ache on your shoulders have to go away. This gel is formulated to target tight and sore muscles that are causing you great discomfort. Thanks to the natural blend of plant and essential oils such as cistus, lemon peel, and cypress, this luxurious gel is able to alleviate aches, while offering a cooling sensation that will get you relaxed. Its subtle and soothing scent will help ease your mind too.
The Tata Harper Soothing Muscle Gel is available at Net-a-porter, at USD41.27.
2. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue
You rely on your feet for your every movement but don’t forget that they need some rest too. Prevent them from cracked, rough skin and corny troubles by scrubbing them every day with a refreshing foot scrub that leaves your feet feeling soft and clean.
This one from The Body Shop is infused with English peppermint essential oil, which is especially effective for easing fatigue. The cooling sensation it leaves behind also helps you relax further.
This retails at SGD24.90, and is available at all The Body Shop stores.
3. LUSH Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb
Even if you don’t have a bath tub at home, stock up on bath bombs. Because the next time you plan a vacation (or staycation) and check into a hotel with one, you’ll find that they add fun time to your bath time.
We love the honey-scented Shoot For The Stars from LUSH, which is enriched with Brazilian orange (great for rejuvenation) and bergamot oils (that can uplift your spirits). This colourful ball rounded to perfection with aromatic pleasures will soothe your nerves as you unwind in the finite of your tub feeling like a queen.
This retails at SGD13, and is available at all LUSH stores.
4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist
Your relaxation routine doesn’t have to be restricted to home. Have a bottle of zen on your work desk, in the form of this face mist. As if its gorgeous packaging that’s inspired by the ocean hasn’t set your heart at ease, this is also a four-in-one mist that primes, sets your makeup, hydrates, and refreshes.
Spritz it over your entire face whenever you feel like you need a perk-me-up, and let its antioxidant-packed formula give you a skin-loving booster.
This retails at SGD38 and is available at Sephora.
5. Face Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Illuminating Sheet Mask
Beating mid-week blues gets much easier when you have a face mask by your side. A good face mask not just compels you to leave everything, sit back and unwind but also helps uplift your skin and enliven your charm almost immediately.
We love the range of face masks from Face Inc, which are inspired by famous Snapchat filters – especially this unicorn one. They are not just fun to use. Their purifying ingredients replenish your skin’s key requirements and prevent it from signs of dullness and ageing.
This retails at £5.00 at the Nails Inc website.
6. Le Labo Hinoki Shower Gel
Hinoki trees that surround Buddhist temples in Mount Koya, Japan give off a calming scent that adds to the peaceful ambience in the area. This luxurious shower gel is inspired by this soothing fragrance.
On top of its scent, which can definitely wash your fatigue away, the shower gel is also formulated with ingredients such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, and rosemary extract, to invigorate your skin while leaving it feeling pampered.
This retails at USD39.95 at Net-a-porter.
7. Herbivore Botanicals Lapis – Oil Balancing Facial Oil Roller
This purse-size roller is filled with plant-based goodness that can help reduce redness skin, clarify it, and balance its level of hydration. In other words, an on-the-go skincare remedy to help you feel less concerned about how your skin look.
Roll this facial oil onto your fingers – trust us, this works as a mini massage too – before applying it onto cleansed skin. Massaged it in gently and let it absorb thoroughly.
This retails at SGD41 and is available at Sephora.
8. ReFa Carat Ray
We’re not surprised that this platinum-coated beauty device from Japan is popular – despite its odd appearance, it packs a punch in the skin maintenance department. As you roll this facial massager over your face (or body), it provides a lymphatic massage. Micro-currents are also delivered at the same time to enhance the routine. It promises to enhance your skin’s natural ability to repair itself, so that healthy, elastic, and lifted skin can be observed.
Best part? It is fully powered by light, which means you don’t have to stress over it running out of battery.
This retails at SGD359 and is available at Zalora.
9. L’Occitane Revitalizing Fresh Cleansing Scrub
Just like your face and body, your scalp needs a scrub once in a while too. Besides keeping it purified and removing the buildup of dead skin cells, the routine will also leave your scalp feeling fresher and cleaner.
We love this exfoliating scrub formulated for your scalp by L’Occitane. It uses sea salt as a natural exfoliating agent to soothe and refresh your scalp. You’ll also find that your hair looks shinier and feels lighter after washing.
This retails at SGD40, available at all L’Occitane stores.
10. This Works Dream to Sleep Set
A relaxing bedtime ritual will help you get a deeper night’s rest, and in turn help you deal with what’s to come the next day. This set is made up of three items, specially curated to help you sleep better:
- Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: Formulated with a blend of lavender, vetivert, and chamomile essential oils, this goes onto your pillow and will help your body and mind relax.
- Deep Sleep Night Oil: An overnight treatment, we recommend using this to nourish your dry hands before taking in the beautiful scent that will soothe your mind.
- Eye mask: Use this to block out light – from outside the window, within the room (yes, your phone, included) so that you can get your body ready for deep, restful sleep.
This set retails at SGD53 and is available at Sephora.
Additional reporting by Karishma Hingorani