The current COVID-19 situation is leaving some of us more stressed out than usual. Whether you’re a working parent who’s trying to juggle between your restless kid and your demanding job, a pessimist who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel amidst worrying news, or simply feeling the cabin fever – we’re with you.
While we used to be able to head down to our favourite spa or salon for a quick pick-me-up, this option is going to be unavailable for a while.
The good news is there are products that can help you relax and wind down without having to leave the house. From stress relief remedies to a pampering vulva care routine, here are the best products for you to indulge in some well deserved self-care.
1. Spa Esprit Plantation Shower Gel
Make your shower time a relaxing experience with Spa Espirit’s Plantation Shower Gel range. Infused with an assortment of essential oil blends, these shower gels can help relax and calm your mind, boost your energy and help you sleep better.
Spa Esprit Plantation Shower Gel retails for SGD39, available at Beauty Emporium.
2. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask
It’s so easy when staying at home to just throw your hair in a ponytail or a bun every day and forget about it. But slacking on hair care will lead to a host of issues such as greasy scalp, hair fall or dandruff.
If your hair is in dire need of some extra care, the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask is the perfect way to hit the reset button. This deep conditioning mask delivers b-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, collagen and algae extract to your hair to replenish moisture and hydration, for instantly softer and smoother hair.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask retails for SGD53, available on Sephora.
3. Joon Saffron Hair Elixir
Take your hair care routine up a notch with this luxurious Saffron Hair Elixir from Joon Haircare that incorporates saffron – the world’s most expensive spice – to strengthen and nourish the hair.
This lightweight, fast-absorbing hair oil also contains Pistachio and Rose extracts, which moisturises the hair while smoothing out the strands and adding a healthy shine to the hair. Even better, it doubles as a heat and UV protectant against styling tools and sun damage.
Saffron Hair Elixir retails for SGD41 (33ml), available on Sephora.
4. Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller
You may not be able to go for facial massages right now, but if you need something to instantly ease muscle tension and relief stress, this Jade Facial Roller from Herbivore Botanicals will do just the trick!
Simply roll the stone across your skin after applying moisturiser or facial oil to depuff the face, reduce the look of fine lines and firm up the skin. The jade material of the stones also helps reduce stress and improve blood circulation.
Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller retails for SGD46, available on Sephora.
Psst, we have a step-by-step guide on how you can use a gua sha face tool if that’s what interest you.
5. UMA Oils Pure Calm Wellness Oil
Essential oils aren’t just another beauty fad but have actually been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and be able reduce stress and anxiety.
The UMA Oils Pure Calm Wellness Oil contains a blend of 100% organic essential oils, including Roman Chamomile to relieve tension, Vetiver to calm the mind, and Lavender to improve sleep quality.
You can apply the oil directly your skin – between your toes, onto the bottom of your feet, pulse points, temples, or behind the ears – or use it with aromatherapy diffusers.
UMA Oils Pure Calm Wellness Oil retails for SGD120 (30ml), available on Sephora.
6. Thann Eden Breeze Aroma Diffuser
Want to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without fussing with candles or electric diffusers? Stick diffusers are the low-maintenance solution you need!
We’re currently loving the Thann Eden Breeze Aroma Diffuser, which is formulated with Jasmine and Rose notes. The soothing floral scent will immediately put your mind at ease, boost mood levels, and help with circulation.
Thann Eden Breeze Aroma Diffuser retails for SGD80 (150ml), available on their website.
7. Origins Peace of Mind® On-The-Spot Relief
If you are prone to tension headaches, the Origins Peace of Mind® On-The-Spot Relief is a great product to keep in your bag or on your bedside table for instant headache and stress relief.
Formulated with soothing peppermint oil, this sensory therapy product will help relieve feelings of stress and tension. You can apply it on the back of your neck, temples, and earlobes, or put a small dab on your fingers and breathe in the relaxing peppermint scent.
Origins Peace of Mind® On-The-Spot Relief retails for SGD30 (15ml), available on Sephora.
8. This Works Love Sleep Pillow Spray
Sleep deprivation is the root of so many health problems and improving the quality of your sleep will go a long way in making you feel better mentally and physically.
The This Works Love Sleep Pillow Spray contains an aromatherapeutic blend of Ylang Ylang and Patchouli essential oils to help you unplug from the day and have deeper sleep. Spray it directly onto your bed linen before bed and you’ll wake up feeling well rested and recharged!
This Works Love Sleep Pillow Spray retails for SGD40 (50ml), available on Sephora.
9. Wei Mung Bean Sprout Stress Relieving Soothing Mask
Nothing says pampering like sheet masks and we currently can’t get enough of the Wei Mung Bean Sprout Stress Relieving Soothing Mask.
Mung Bean may sound a little strange as a skincare ingredient but it has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The Mung Bean Sprout essence in the mask will help detoxify and calm your skin while the Cucumber extract soothes and boosts the skin’s hydration level.
Wei Mung Bean Sprout Stress Relieving Soothing Mask retails for SGD81 (pack of six), available on Sephora.
10. TWO L(I)PS Me Time Set
Looking to give your vulva area some TLC? You won’t go wrong with the TWO L(I)PS Me Time Set with everything you need to jumpstart your vulva care routine.
The kit comes with five Activated Charcoal Vulva Masks, each one a four-step process to soothe, detoxify, brighten and moisturise the vulva. You will also get a Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, a Gentle Vitamin C Brightening Serum and a Peptide-36 Anti-Blemish Cream to complete the routine.
TWO L(I)PS Me Time Set retails for SGD430, available on their website.