De-stress and unwind with our top ten self care products

Wedding planning in a pandemic is not the one (especially if you’re now on what feels like date number 102), so take a break, put your feet up and pamper yourself with our wellness picks for brides and grooms under pressure

1. Essential Oil Blends – Alexandra Kay Wellbeing

Essential oils from Alexandra Kay Wellbeing
Essential oil blends (Time to Relax, Time to Smile and Time to Sleep), £20 each, Alexandra Kay Wellbeing

This blissful capsule collection of essential oil blends from Green People founder Charlotte Vøhtz is new to the scene and promises a heap of benefits: a more restful sleep, calmer state of mind and increased energy for sluggish mornings are all on the cards with these 100% natural, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan heroes. Add a few drops to your evening bath, or gently press onto pulse points to soothe your tired soul.

2. Skinlongevity Green Tea Herbal Eye Mask – bareMinerals

Skinlongevity Green Tea herbal eye mask by bareMinerals
Skinlongevity Green Tea herbal eye mask, £27, bareMinerals

Is there anything better than slapping on a cooling eye mask after a draining day glued to a screen? This gem from bareMinerals is infused with green tea and willow herb extract and works to reduce the appearance of puffiness and nourish the delicate under eye area. Cucumber slices could never.

3. Weightless Hair Oil – Chämpo

Weightless Hair Oil by Chämpo
Weightless Hair Oil, £24, Chämpo

Frazzled locks? Spend a little time smoothing on Chämpo’s luxurious, silicone-free Weightless Hair Oil onto the ends of hair each day, or to restore moisture after blow drying – it packs a potent punch, thanks to its mighty mix of plant actives and oils.

4. Feel Refreshed three wick scented candle – NEOM

Refreshed three wick scented candle by NEOM
Refreshed three wick scented candle, £46, NEOM

A candle? Basic? We think not. NEOM’s Feel Refreshed candle combines 24 essential oils, including the delectable-sounding partnership of Sicilian lemon and fresh basil, to invigorating effect. Plus, it looks insanely pretty on a wooden bath tray.

5. Recharge Botanical CBD Body Cream – Apothem

Recharge botanical CBD body cream by Apothem
Recharge botanical CBD body cream by Apothem, £55, Harvey Nichols

The CBD-infused Recharge body cream by Apothem is a bit of a game-changer. In the last couple of years, we’ve really seen CBD products take off and this brand’s premium product line-up carefully balances CBD with a cocktail of quality botanicals. Make it a ritual to apply the Recharge body cream post-shower, which also includes magnesium, rosemary and eucalyptus to relieve tense, tight muscles.

6. Cica-Botantic Mask – Decléor

Cica-Botantic mask by Decléor
Cica-Botantic mask, £34, Decléor

So, you’ve lit your NEOM candle, dabbed your Alexandra Kay essential oil on your wrists and slicked Chämpo in your hair – what now? A face mask is the next logical step, and if you’re going to do one, you may as well do the one. Decléor has some of the best in the business, but the Cica-Botanic is garnering itself a cult following, mainly because of its star ingredient. Centella asiatica (also known as tiger grass), is a formidable plant used in traditional Chinese medicine, that supports the skin barrier, diminishes redness and calms irritation (although sadly not Covid restriction-related irritation, soz).

7. Wellness De-Stress Bath Salts – Sanctuary Spa

Wellness bath salts by Sanctuary Spa
Wellness De-Stress bath salts, £POA, Sanctuary Spa

Anyone else get through lockdown on a steady supply of bath salts? Sanctuary Spa’s De-Stress salts are superior and smell divine. The magnesium-rich formula is the ultimate antidote to aches and pains.

8. Isotonic Hydration Mask – ESPA

Isotonic Hydration mask by ESPA
Isotonic Hydration mask, £40, ESPA

If you’ve sorely missed the restorative powers of a trip to the spa (who hasn’t), the next best thing is to invest in some spa products and turn your bathroom into Baden-Baden 2.0. ESPA’s Isotonic Hydration mask is as close to a facial you can get with your own fair hands. After the dewiest skin? This is the mask to smother yourself in, with its vegetable taurine, guarana and spirulina ferment working hard to leave your complexion plump and perfect.

9. Sleep Plus Pillow Spray – This Works

Sleep Plus Pillow Spray by This Works
Sleep Plus Pillow Spray by This Works, £29, Harvey Nichols

A good night’s sleep is the single most important thing you can do to take care of yourself, so you’d best get the Sleep Plus Pillow Spray on your shopping list. You’ll be drifting off in no time on a heavenly cloud of lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile, a scent trio that’s released every time you move in your sleep.

10. Hemp & Shine Bundle – Bumi Organic Beauty

Hemp & Shine Bundle by Bumi Organic Beauty
Hemp & Shine Bundle with Organic Body Polish with Hemp, Poppy & Lavender and Organic Body Butter with Avocado, Hemp & Shea, £25, Bumi Organic Beauty

Hands up who’s guilty of neglecting their body when it comes to skincare? Rectify this by picking up this dream duo from Bumi Organic Beauty. The Hemp & Shine Bundle comprises a scrubby, cold-pressed hemp and avocado oil-based polish and a silky organic body butter that is rich in hemp seed oil, whose smaller molecules can better penetrate deeper layers of the skin. You softie.

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