The best place to start is with a good, old-fashioned bath. One which is full to the brim with bubbles, salts and oils. Laura Mercier’s Honey Bath is a cult beauty product for good reason. Available in four scents, it creates thick, rich bubbles which leave the skin feeling soft and supple.
You can swirl the “nectar” into your bath water with the wooden honey dipper which is satisfying in itself. If you love bath salts, consider the (aptly named) Emotional Detox bath soak by lifestyle brand of the moment, Goop. The combination of Himalayan pink salt, chia seed oil and valerian root are a great way to relax muscles and your mind.
In a period where things are, frankly, scary, one of the best things you can do is (try to) stay calm. One of the ways to do this is to take time out for yourself and indulge in a self-care ritual that involves some of the beauty world’s best loved and super comforting products.
Once you’ve enjoyed a dip, it’s onto skincare. We’ve already told you about how to give yourself an at-home facial, but what about the rest of your skin? You’ll rely on Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum cream, available from Cult Beauty, long after quarantine is over. Besides the fun name (simple pleasures, right?) it has a rich texture which hydrates but doesn’t leave a sticky residue – i.e. you can get straight into your pyjamas afterwards. Plus, it contains caffeine to stimulate blood flow and helps with reducing cellulite. Helpful seeing as the doors of the gym are firmly closed for the foreseeable.
Next up in the comfort line-up comes a face mask. Like a trusty cup of tea, a good one make most things better. May be not a bad day at the home-office or the current state of the world, obvs, but it will give you better skin which, when you catch a glimpse of in the mirror, will bring a smile to your face. 111 Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask combines cutting-edge hydrogel technology with innovative ingredients like Damascus extract and rose gold to make your skin glow. Priyanka Chopra actually used it to prep her skin for her wedding day, in case you needed proof. The results are *genuinely* visible.
Following that, we’ve got candles – perfect for creating a calming ambience – sleep spray in case you’re struggling to settle, and luxe hand creams with skincare-like benefits.