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There’s something to be said for taking some time to do the most with your beauty routine. Whether it’s a weekly ritual, a nightly unwind or something you mark the calendar and countdown to, here are our favourite products for making the most of your me-time. Make sure you pair them if kind words, attention and forgiveness — you’re romancing yourself, remember? Treat yourself like a lover.
When your house gets cluttered, you turn to Marie Kondo. When your complexion gets congested, it’s time for Summer Fridays’ Overtime mask. This decluttering powerhouse, infused with vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder, leaves skin buffed and baby soft. Follow with the brand’s Jet Lag to restore dewy, glowy youthfulness to your complexion. Together, the masks are the ultimate work wives: one sloughs away the bad stuff, the other bathes it in the good stuff. If you crave even more anti-ageing power, sub in Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, which brightens and tightens with AHAs and vitamin C. If blotchiness and irritation is your issue, nothing beats Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask.
Schedule it for: When it’s been a long week, and its only Tuesday.Pair with: Back-to-back eps of The Bold Type.
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Smell is the most primal of our senses—it has the power to trigger an emotion on a subconscious level. So, striking a match on a fragrant candle can have a profound effect on your mood. Combine it with a bubble bath, a face mask, a glass of wine, or a meditation session on the Calm app and the olfactory benefits are amplified. Lavender is the go-to flower for soothing mind, body and soul. Editions de Parfums by Frederic Malle Jurassic Flower Candle is a modern take on lavender that is far from the cliched variety. Jasmine has its own powerful chill-out properties too. Diptyque Jasmin Candle captures the flower in a fresh, bright bouquet, while Ellis Brooklyn Pseudonym Terrific Scented Candle showcases jasmine in a deeper way when it’s layered with sandalwood and Capri fig. If you’re taking a little time for yourself at the start of the day, something with cinnamon or rosemary can really sharpen your mind and relieve mental fatigue. Diptyque Pomander Candle is zesty but warm and comforting with cinnamon, while both Maison Francis Kurkdjian La Trouverie Scented Candle and Le Labo Laurier 62 Candle include rosemary in their fresh, foresty blends. If you really want to romance yourself, give yourself roses in the form of Jo Malone London Red Roses Home Candle.
Schedule it for: Whenever you need it, and more often than you think. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to light a candle.Pair with: Any act of self-care.
Slip into your fanciest PJs (preferably silk and monogrammed), light one of the aforementioned candles and take some time to really bond with your skin care routine. Dissolve your makeup with a gentle remover, double cleanse, exfoliate, add a device, tone or use an essence, layer your serums, moisturise, add an eye cream, and top off your handiwork with a face mist. Then you can say goodnight to the world feeling gorgeously pampered.
Schedule it for: Sunday evening. It will set you in good stead for the week ahead.Pair with: A Frenchy-chic playlist on Spotify.
In 2019, you’re not doing the most unless there’s a device or two in your routine. Hit the skin gym with NuFace Trinity Device, and enjoy extra benefits for using the ELE attachment for eyes and the LED Wrinkle Reducer attachment. To stimulate collagen production and zap acne-causing bacteria, Spectralite Faceware Pro is the latest cutting-edge device from the Dr. Dennis Gross LED lineup that includes SpectraLite EyeCare Pro and the Spotlite. Prefer something that doesn’t need a power supply? Angela Caglia’s rose quartz face roller and Rosebud Eye Treatment Set will depuff your face, improve lymphatic drainage and, bonus, speak to your heart chakra.
Schedule it for: With these you’ll get out what you put in, so set a daily alarm to get it done.Pair with: Your favourite productivity, financial or entrepreneurial podcast.
Words by Alexandra WhitingFebruary 2019