It’s important to take some time for yourself. Here, we share the ways we relax and the products we rely on.
Our lifestyles are hectic – and they’re showing no sign of slowing down. Add to the stressors of today’s climate and it’s easy to end each day feeling a bit heavy. But it’s important to take some time for yourself to relax.
While they aren’t the absolute solution, the Stylist team often rely on their tried-and-tested beauty routines and some aromatherapy to relieve stress. Here, they reveal the products they reach for to have an evening – or even just a moment – of pure calm.
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).”
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Hanna Ibraheem, senior 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 facial massage. I apply a palm-full of Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, £27, to my face to prevent friction and dragging. I then follow along a facial massage tutorial – my current favourite is FaceGym’s 14-day lower face workout video. All it requires is a good face oil and your fingers. Before starting, I like to spritz a pillow/room mist around me to fill my space with a relaxing scent. You can never go wrong with Rituals, particularly its The Ritual of Jing Pillow Mist, £17.50.
“I then swipe a few layers of This Works Deep Sleep Breathe In Rollerball, £18, to my wrists and behind my ears. It contains lavender, camomile and vetiver and I find it really helps to make me feel calm and drift off to sleep (along with a quick Headspace session, if I’m feeling really stressed out).”
Kiran Meeda, editorial assistant
“When it comes to de-stressing, it’s all about skincare for me. Cleaner, brighter skin is exactly what I’m after. I use DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil, £12.50, as an evening cleanser for a really luxurious step to wind down. The best part? Massaging my face and releasing the tension that builds up in the cheek and forehead muscles I didn’t know needed relaxing.
Feeling fresh, clean, and ready for even more soothing, I always reach for a face mask. Summer Friday’s Jetlag Mask, £22.50, is the creamy, medium thickness mask that combines soothing peppermint, cucumber and vitamin C that, if you really can’t be persuaded to wash this off, you can simply wipe away. It’s a nourishing, quick and easy alternative to the overnight masks of the world.
After applying a gentle, hypoallergenic toner, I love to apply a serum. Elemis’ Peptide4 Antioxidant Hydra-Serum, £53, makes use of hydration hero hyaluronic acid, saffron flower and lotus flower milk for a super gentle, milky liquid that instantly brightens my skin.”
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