It’s International Stress Awareness Week and here on the Stylist beauty desk we’re sharing the ways we relax and the products we rely on.
Our lifestyles are increasingly hectic – and they’re showing no sign of slowing down. Amidst the day-to-day stresses of our chaotic routines, it’s easy to forget to take a moment for yourself.
Tried-and-tested beauty routines and aromatherapy help the Stylist beauty team to de-stress. Here, they reveal the products they reach for to have a moment – or an evening of pure calm.
Anita Bhagwandas, Beauty Director
“I spritz Ila Apothecary Beat The Blues Room Spray, £29, as soon as I get in the house to get myself into a more cantered and more calm state of mind. It really helps me ease into home mode after a stressful day at the office.
“I then have a few sniffs and inhalations of Neal’s Yard Frankincense Facial Oil, £32, which helps to lower my heart rate. I use it before I meditate too to ground and calm myself.
“In my bedroom, I have a Mama Moon Healing & Meditation Candle, £30, on my bedside table to help me calm down before I go to sleep. I write in my journal and inhale the incredible cinnamon and lavender aroma, which is perfect before bed.”
Lucy Partington, Beauty Editor
“I rely on my nighttime skincare routine to help me relax at the end of a long day. There really is no better feeling than taking my make-up off and having a properly clean face. I always double cleanse – I like using an oil-based remover (I like The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £12) to melt away foundation, mascara and everything I insist on putting on my face each morning.
“Then I use something creamy to fully cleanse my skin (I like NYDG Colloidal Oatmeal Cleanser, £42) . If it’s been a really stressful day or week I love Votary’s Super Seed Facial Oil, £70 – it smells amazing, it isn’t too oily or greasy and it’s good for helping me indulge in some facial massage (which, along with Magic FM, helps me unwind even more).”
Hanna Ibraheem, Beauty Writer
“I suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), which leaves me with a tight jaw that often locks up. To ease the muscles in my jaw, I love a good jade-rolling session. I apply a palm-full of Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, £34, to my face and breathe in the gorgeous scent. I then run the Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller (Medium), £18, in big sweeping motions along my jawline, cheeks and forehead. It makes a massive difference.
“I then swipe a few layers of This Works Deep Sleep Breathe In Rollerball, £18, to my wrists and behind my ears. It’s also a must in my carry-on bag whenever I’m on a flight.
“If I feel like in indulging in an extra bit of pampering after a long day, I spritz some Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £24, before sleeping.”
Georgia Drew, Beauty Intern
“I light an aromatherapy candle – at the moment I’m using a This Works one. Then I will take more time over my skin care, maybe adding in another step like a mask – I love Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal. If I have more time then will I do a double cleanse – I tend to start with a cream cleanser (Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser) and I use a muslin cloth.
“Then I would either use the mask or another cleanser with some acid in. I’m really enjoyng the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser as you can really see results. Lengthening my skincare routine instead of rushing before bed is a good way to unwind as I can focus on that and nothing else.”
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