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Mark your calendars for Monday, August 15, because it’s National Relaxation Day, a day to sit back and do whatever you want. Because this day is dedicated to all things self-care, why not treat your mind and body to beauty treatments they’ll thank you for later? Ahead, find 10 beauty products that are sure to send you into rejuvenation mode on National Relaxation Day, or anytime.
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1. This chill roller: Esarora Ice Roller
Whether you decide to reach for the Esarora Ice Roller as soon as you wake up in the morning or just before bed, you’ll enjoy the feeling of treating your skin to an ice massage (just be sure to put it in the freezer 10-15 minutes before use). In fact, the cooling sensation of the roller has many benefits, including “relieving eye fatigue, promoting blood circulation, reducing skin puffiness and wrinkles, and restoring radiance.” Even if vanity isn’t your top priority, massaging with this roller can just feel good.
“It’s easy to use and very helpful,” writes one Amazon customer. “Just store the top in the freezer and pop it into the handle when you’re ready to use it. If I have puffy eyes or swollen areas, I like to swipe it all over my face. It helps reduce swelling and is also very relaxing and cools you down on a hot summer day.
$19 at Amazon
2. This exfoliating lip scrub: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub
No one likes the feeling of dry, chapped lips. Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub claims to temporarily relieve you of all your dry lip ailments by making your pout “soft and supple” with exfoliating brown sugar. It is also fragrance-free, ideal for those intolerant of fragrance in their personal care products.
“My lips are in pain during the dreaded winter months,” a QVC reviewer shares. “They become dry, cracked and also peel. As you can imagine, the lipstick is awful. The scrub leaves my lips soft and brings out my natural color. My expensive lipsticks finally look better and last longer. It’s one of those products I can’t live without.
$24 at QVC
3. This body moisturizer: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream
If your skin is dry or dull, Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Brazilian Body Cream can help. It claims to not only smooth and hydrate with cupuaçu butter, acai oil, and coconut oil, but also give skin “a hint of shimmer” (hello, glowing mat legs Hollywood red). This cream will undoubtedly leave you smelling good too, thanks to its warm and gourmet fragrance with notes of vanilla, salted caramel and pistachio. It is available in two jar sizes: 8 ounces and a mini 2.5 ounces.
“This stuff is the bomb,” writes a Sephora customer. “It smells good and leaves my skin so soft! I’ve bought it several times and even given it to friends! I love this product!”
From $22 at Sephora
4. This beach-inspired body oil: Ellis Brooklyn SALT Soothing Scented Body Oil
National Relaxation Day is all about slowing down, so why not give your mind and body the opportunity to travel to a place where things are always mild, like a tropical island, perhaps? Ellis Brooklyn’s SALT Soothing Scented Body Oil aims to do just that with its fresh scent that’s blended with notes of ambergris, Tahitian tiare, ylang ylang, creamy sandalwood, and musk. Besides taking your imagination to a lush paradise, the oil claims to hydrate the skin with the inclusion of ingredients like squalane, rosehip oil, and pumpkin seed oil.
When I tested Ellis Brooklyn Oil for Reviewed, I gave it high marks for its ability to hydrate my skin for several hours while leaving a pleasant beachy scent.
$65 at Sephora
5. This moisturizing face mask: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Dry, flaky skin, especially on your face, is a total drag, but the Laneige Water Sleep Mask may be able to make things better. This overnight gel face mask promises to “strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier to [a] brighter and clearer complexion. Squalane, the mask’s star ingredient, promises “intense hydration” for the skin without being heavy.
“This night cream is a must-have,” says an Amazon reviewer. “[It] leaves your skin hydrated and smooth the next morning.
$29 at Amazon
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6. These soothing under-eye patches: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
There’s something luxurious about treating your skin to a pair of under-eye patches. The main objection to Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches is to “depuff the appearance of the skin”, but they also claim to hydrate under the eyes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Cucumber extract ‘hydrates and plumps’, caffeine and arnica work together to reduce the appearance of dark circles and hyaluronic acid provides extra hydration. Each container comes with 30 pairs of patches.
“So convenient and easy to use,” says one Sephora customer. “I love the soothing, cool feel of these eye patches after a long day of staring at a computer screen.”
$55 at Sephora
7. This rejuvenating facial mask: Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial AHA + BHA Mask
Can’t make it to the spa for a facial? No problem. The Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial AHA+BHA Mask is pretty close to an in-office treatment. This “facial treatment” uses a blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric, to be exact – salicylic acid and chickpea flour to exfoliate, “detoxify” pores and lighten the skin. In turn, the skin comes out on the other side, smoother and brighter. It is meant to be used once a week and is available in a 1.69 ounce container and a 0.5 ounce mini.
“Holy grail of skincare,” writes a Sephora reviewer. “My skin feels baby soft after that!” I love my little facial once a week. Is it worth it!”
From $28 at Sephora
8. This nourishing body salt: Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salt
A soothing bath combined with bath salts is arguably the ultimate relaxation activity. Tree Hut Moisturizing Shea Epsom Salt promises to enhance your bathing experience with its formula, which claims to “soften and smooth dry, cracked skin.” Shea butter and coconut and lime extracts are the ingredients behind the moisturizing abilities of this salt. Coconut and lime extracts also tickle your sense of smell with their respective scents.
“Love the coconut and lime scent,” says one Amazon customer. “The aroma smells really good in my bathroom and drifts into the bedroom. I find this Epsom salt to be very soothing as well as helping relieve sore muscles.
$12 at Amazon
9. This face wash that renews the skin: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse
The first step in your skincare routine, cleansing, should always start off on a high, but Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse intends to wash your face even higher. In addition to removing dirt, grime and more, this gel cleanser exfoliates and smoothes using Japanese loofah fruit scrubs and minimizes the appearance of pores with leopard lily.
“It’s the only product I use on my face, and it does a perfect job of leaving my skin feeling clean and refreshed,” says a QVC reviewer. “Definitely a quality skin product.”
$39 at QVC
10. This luxurious skincare tool: SolaWave Advanced Skincare Wand
Gadget-loving skincare enthusiasts will especially appreciate the SolaWave Advanced Skincare Wand. According to the brand, this wand acts as a “4-in-1 skin care tool” using the following technologies: micro-current sculpts the skin, red light therapy helps minimize discoloration, calming facial massage the muscles and deflates and the therapeutic heat helps the treatments penetrate better. It’s meant to be used with the brand’s Renew Complex Serum to help the wand glide across the face.
When testing this wand for Reviewed, I commended the device for living up to its claims, as I saw a noticeable improvement in the bags under my eyes and the wrinkles on my forehead.
$150 at Amazon
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