By Alix Turoff
Between our careers, workout regimens, families, and social lives (on top of everything else we do!), we rarely take the time to treat ourselves to some quality relaxation time.
When we’re constantly working, running around, and skimping on sleep, cortisol, a stress hormone, begins to build up in our bodies and we start to get sick more often, experience cognitive delays, and even start to store more fat in our abdominal region.
This is why it’s more important than ever to regularly take some time out to treat yourself to “me time.”
Sure, you find your “me time” in a luxurious day at the spa, but you don’t have a ton of time or money to head to the spa. Instead, try one of our favorite at-home relaxation fixes!
Chill Out + Sip Up. ALTAR Herbal Martinis ($19.95) are the world’s first premium “Herbal and Botanical Mood Mixer.” Blending only the best fruits, heirloom vegetables, specialty teas, flowers, and exotic spices, ALTAR Herbal Martinis are delicious cocktail mixers designed to be enjoyed on their own or with alcohol (if you’re having that kind of day!). If enjoyed without alcohol, ALTAR’s Herbal Martinis are completely all-natural, organic and gluten free, with no added sugar. We love the “Chill” flavor, which is made from 13 all natural ingredients with a base of organic Asian plums, thai lemongrass, and fresh fennel muddled with kumquats and Chinese schizandra berries. It will take you on a taste and sensory journey!
Perfect Your Pores. Environ AVST Hydrating Exfoliant Masque ($40) is the perfect overnight treat for your skin. Relying on the finest clays to exfoliate the skin without causing a caking effect (like you’ll find with other clay masks), you’ll fall asleep with this mask and wake up with unclogged pores and smoothly radiant skin.
Feed Your Face. Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford Crème de Serum ($39.95 as part of the 5- piece New Advanced System) is a restorative treatment that not only moisturizes but also delivers results. We all know how important it is to feed our bodies the right things but we often forget that our skin needs the same care. When you’re busy and stressed, it’s easy to let your skin routine fall by the wayside. The three active ingredients in the Crème de Serum are all suspended separately until you release them. The orange swirl comes from a rare French melon and provides protection, the white swirl delivers anti-aging peptides, and the clear gel is made with Hyaluronic Acid which hydrates and plump the skin. After use, your skin will look hydrated and dewy and like you’ve spent a small fortune on a facial!
Shave Worries Away. Schick Intuition Renewing Moisture Razor ($11.49) makes shaving an experience. Packed with a skin moisturizing solid that creates is own lather as you shave so you to nix the shave gel, this moisturizing razor saves time and your skin – all while infusing your sexy legs with pomegranate extract, a super fruit that is loaded with antioxidants and anti-aging properties. We say, fill up the tub and put this baby to use. Feeling your smooth legs after will make you happy that you took care of yourself.
Treat Your Feet. If you’ve been on your feet all day, treat yourself to a deep foot massage with June Jacobs Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy ($40). It’s a paraben and preservative-free cream packed with nourishing oils to moisturize, antiseptic peppermint extract to cool and sooth ,and an antioxidant blend of tea extracts, goji berry, pomegranate, and grape seed extract to fight free radicals. Apply this cream before bed, cover with socks, and allow it to work it’s magic as you sleep! Or, better yet, convince a significant other to give you a foot massage beforehand. (You can repay the favor later…much later!)
DIY At-Home Gel Manicure. CND Vinylux ($9.90 for color; $9.90 for top coat) is an amazing new polish system that gives users a week of completely chip-free polish. There are only two steps involved, with no base coat needed, and a self-adhering color coat so application is super quick! VINYLUX comes in 62 fun colors and actually gets more durable with sun exposure. You can now enjoy a week of flawless nails without having to shell out for an expensive gel manicure! After all, What’s more relaxing than a mani/pedi?