CHRISTMAS ISSUE Beauty Joy

Three Relaxing Rituals That Actually Work

From the 10-minute tension reliever to the one hour full-body reset, here’s how to transform your bathroom into a spa…

It’s easy to get lost in the chaos at this time of year. Whether you’re yet to get started, halfway through, or have completed your Christmas shopping, you are probably in dire need of some ‘you time’. Our final gift to you is three relaxing self-care rituals that will leave you feeling like you’ve spent the weekend at a luxury spa rather than less than an hour in your bathroom…


The 10-Minute Tension Reliever

Jaw clenching is something a lot of us do without realising when we’re stressed. If it feels tender by your ears where your jaws meet, you’re probably a clencher. Fear not, Odacite’s Contour Gua Sha Tool can help release any tension within minutes - and it aids lymphatic drainage too. Start at your chin and draw the stone along your jawline up to your ears. For an extra skin boost, use Eve Lom Time Retreat Sheet Mask, N/A underneath.

“Light a candle, hang a sprig of eucalyptus over the temperature dial, and swap your body wash for an oil.”


The 30-Minute Stress-Release

Half an hour is just the right amount of time to transform your shower in an oasis. Light a candle, hang a sprig of eucalyptus over the temperature dial, and swap your body wash for an oil (we alternate between Aromatherapy Associates Rose Shower Oil and Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath For The Senses, £50.00). Finish with Cowshed’s Relax Calming Body Lotion massaged into limbs. We promise you’ll feel lighter on your feet and renewed.


The 60-Minute Full-Body Reset

Make the most of your pamper power hour by layering your bath with Olverum Bath Salts, £30.00 and REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil. Together they help you unwind mentally and physically. While you lay back, relax and get lost in your book, rehydrate and plump your complexion with a little help from Fresh To-Go Mask Duo, £12.00. It includes the iconic Fresh Rose Face Mask Limited Edition, £53.00 and Fresh Sugar Face Polish, £22.00, and saves you £12. Save enough time to treat yourself to a full body exfoliation with Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, £27.00.

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