While we might have a lot of things at the touch of a few buttons now, the nature of our lives has us as stressed, if not more, as we were pre-technology. You might be able to shop from the comfort of your bed and eat Insta-worthy avo toast every day, but the hustle to make this lifestyle work for you can leave you drained by the end of the week. But getting to a calm state of mind doesn’t necessarily need to involve an aromatherapy massage—as lovely as that would be—it could even just be reading a book with a glass of wine and a soothing candle or indulging in a face mask session with your BFF. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? Have a look at our list of 10 skincare and wellness products that’ll help you feel calm and make your mind and body hit the reset button till you can make it to an actual spa.
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask
This is probably one of the most cooling and calming face masks ever; it has a refreshing, citrusy scent and the blend of calendula petals and aloe come together to hydrate your skin while reducing any redness or irritation.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rose Water
Is your life taking over your skin aka is it sensitive or breaking out a lot more than usual? There’s nothing like a refreshing skincare mist—go ahead, mist on two-three times a day—that’ll help do just the right kind of damage control to bring your skin back to health.
Bath and Body Works 3 Wick French Lavender Candle
Pick out that one book you love revisiting, find your favourite reading corner or spot on the couch, pour yourself a glass of wine, light a beautiful, soothing candle like this lavender one and you’re set for an evening that’s the best kind of me-time possible. This candle has a spectacular throw, which means that the scent fills the room quickly.
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Salt
If you’re willing to give your body a much-needed break, go all out with a warm water soak with this relaxing salt by L’Occitane. The salt will help detoxify your body and the blend of essential oils will do the trick for your mind. Friends reruns are optional.
Pure Cure + Co. Relax De-Stress + Unwind 60 Tablets
Created by an Ayurvedic doctor, these Manasamithram supplements come with a mix of herbs that help fight anxiety, fatigue, stress-induced hyperacidity and insomnia and put your mind at ease. They’re based on a traditional Ayurvedic formula and are advised by the brand to be taken twice daily after every meal.
The Moms Co. Natural Calming Body Lotion
This body lotion is a hydrating and soothing blend of shea butter whipped with relaxing rosehip, camomile and jojoba oils to give your tired body some love. PS: it can be used by all women—mom or not.
Kama Ayurveda Madhuvanti Calming Body Oil
A fan of kicking back with a body massage? Try this potion of three soothing oils (geranium, ylang-ylang and lavender) that work on relaxing your muscles and stimulating your mind with its uplifting scent.
Minus417 Instant Miracle Recovery Mud Mask
Whether you’re using this by yourself or masking with your mum, sister or best friend, it’s just as much fun and leaves your skin feeling energised. Apply the mud mask on your face—it’ll feel more porous than usual—let it sit for five minutes and then use the magnet provided in the box to take it off! Simply wrap a tissue around the magnet and move in upward strokes with it all over your face to reveal radiant skin that is gunk-free. Make sure to follow it up with a quick micellar or rose water mist and cleanse with a cotton pad for a squeaky clean face. Is there anything better than skincare that’s also fun to use? Didn’t think so.
PureSense Relaxing Macadamia Soothing Stress Relief Sleep Spray
Trouble while hitting the sack? Trust this Macadamia oil-based mist to help you fall into a deep slumber—spray it on your pulse points, inhale and tuck in.
Aveda Stress-Fix Composition Oil
Sunflower and jojoba oils combine to form this de-stressing elixir that you can use in your bath or massage onto your body and scalp to make the most of your ‘time out’ from your everyday routine.