Fashion week is almost here and with it come the long days, the late nights and the meals consisting solely of fried carbohydrates. We can already feel the tension building so what better time to start treating ourselves right with a few skincare helpers, some soothing music and a perfectly scented candle to set the mood. By the time NYFW rolls around you’ll be feeling fresh as a daisy.
STEP 1: SHOWER POWER
The quickest, easiest (and lets face it most cost effective) way to conquer stress is a nice hot shower. Pamper yourself with a frothy soap by THYMES – we’re in love with the refreshing Agave Nectar bar, that is guaranteed to lift your mood. Packed with ruby red grapefruit, lemon blossom, guava and aloe leaf it is downright delicious. The classic Eucalyptus and Bergamot Vert scents are equally lovely, as is the creamy lather and moisturizing properties of the entire line – be sure to try the bubble baths too!
More of a shower gel fan? Don’t worry, MOLTON BROWN has got you covered with a special line just for those in need of R&R. The relaxing Yuan Zhi shower gel is all about finding your inner calm via vanilla, rose and of course the medicinal senega root aka Yuan Zhi, known for its healing properties and ability to relieve everything from anxiety to insomnia.
STEP 2: THE MASK
Nothing is quicker and more effective than a mask when it comes to restoring skin’s vitality. There are literally hundreds to choose, from but when it comes to rejuvenation we reach for Sisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask. Moisturizing, softening and refreshing, it restores the life to tired, dull skin.
NUDE Skincare’s Deep Cleansing Mask is packed with kaolin clay and exfoliates as it cleanses skin of impurities and excess oil. The fact that it simply feels incredible on the skin doesn’t hurt either.
If your problems tend more towards pesky stress pimples, REN’s Clear Calm Acne Mask boasts an all natural remedy to those persistent breakouts. Absorbing sebum and attacking the bacteria behind breakouts without resorting to harsh chemicals.
STEP 3: GET SET
You’re busy, you’re on the go, you want something that is portable, manageable and best of all works. Algenist’s Regenerative Anti-Aging set is a small wonder. Filled with everything you’ll need – a cleanser, a serum and ultra-rich moisturizer all based around Alguronic acid, a compound that increases elastin synthesis and cellular regeneration. We had women of different ages (25, 47 and 59 to be exact) test drive the line and each reported that their skin looked smoother, clearer and considerably fresher.
STEP 4: SET THE MOOD
Put on some music, light a candle, meditate and try to forget the outside world. Put on some AIR, maybe a little lo-fi Lana Del Rey for good measure and just relax. Our latest candle obsessions come from Astier De Villatte, a French brand with scents meant to evoke the feeling of travel. Each candle is a destination and from the moment you light one up, you’re transported to an exotic new place, minus the tourists, airline fees and jetlag. The effervescent and citrusy Broadway is a breath of fresh air, while Alger boasts wild jasmine, bitter orange and just a hint of chilli – truly thrilling to the senses. Added bonus the handmade ceramic cases and toppers will be gorgeous long after the candle is finished.