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Mark your calendars for Monday, August 15, folks, because it’s National Relaxation Day—a day devoted to sitting back and doing whatever you please. Because this day is devoted to all things self-care, why not treat your mind and body to some beauty treatments they’ll thank you for later? Ahead, find 10 beauty products that will undoubtedly send you into rejuvenation mode on National Relaxation Day—or any time.
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1. This cooling face roller: Esarora Ice Roller
Whether you decide to reach for the Esarora Ice Roller as soon as you wake up in the morning or right before bed, you’ll enjoy the feeling of treating your skin to an ice-cold massage (just make sure you pop it into the freezer 10 to 15 minutes before use). In fact, the roller’s cooling sensation purports many benefits, including “relieving under eye fatigue, promoting blood circulation, reducing skin puffiness and wrinkle production and restoring radiance.” Even if vanity isn’t your utmost priority, massaging with this roller may just feel good.
“This is easy to use and very helpful,” one Amazon customer writes. “Just store the top in the freezer and pop it into the handle when you’re ready to use. If I have puffy eyes or areas that are swollen, I like to glide this all over my face. It helps reduce swelling and also just feels very relaxing and cools you down on a hot summer day.”
2. This exfoliating lip scrub: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub
Nobody likes the feeling of dry, chapped lips. The Lip Scrub from Sara Happ asserts to temporarily relieve you of all your dry lip woes by making your pout feel “soft and supple” thanks to exfoliating brown sugar. It’s also fragrance-free, ideal for those that can’t tolerate fragrance in their personal care products.
“My lips suffer during the dreaded winter months,” a QVC reviewer shares. “They get dry, cracked and also peel. As you can imagine, lipstick looks awful.The scrub leaves my lips soft and brings out my natural color. My expensive lipsticks finally look better and stay on longer. This is one of those products I can’t live without.”
3. This moisturizing body cream: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream
If your skin feels dry or looks dull, the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream may be able to help you out. It claims to not only smooth and moisturize with cupuaçu butter, açaí oil and coconut oil but also provide skin with “a hint of shimmer” (hello, Hollywood red carpet-glowing legs).This cream will undoubtedly leave you smelling good as well, thanks to its warm, gourmand-scented fragrance that features notes of vanilla, salted caramel and pistachio. It’s available in two jar sizes: 8-ounce and a mini 2.5-ounce.
“This stuff is the bomb,” writes one Sephora customer. “Smells great and leaves my skin so soft! I’ve purchased this many times and even given it to friends! Love this product!”
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 mellow—like a tropical island, perhaps? The SALT Soothing Scented Body Oil from Ellis Brooklyn aims to do just that with its fresh scent that’s laced with notes of ambergris, Tahitian tiare, ylang ylang, creamy sandalwood and musk. In addition to taking your imagination to a lush paradise, the oil purports to hydrate the skin with the inclusion of ingredients like squalane, rosehip oil and pumpkin seed oil.
When I tested Ellis Brooklyn’s oil for Reviewed, I gave it high marks because of its ability to moisturize my skin for several hours while leaving behind a pleasant, beachy scent.
5. This hydrating face mask: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Dry, flaky skin—especially on your face—is a total drag, but the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask may be able to turn things around for the better. This overnight gel face mask avows to “strengthen the skin's moisture barrier for [a] brighter, clearer complexion.” Squalane, the mask’s hero ingredient, promises “intense moisture” for the skin sans heaviness.
“This night cream is a must have,” one Amazon reviewer declares. “[It] leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smooth the next morning.”
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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 of Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches is to “de-puff skin’s appearance,” but they also claim to hydrate the under-eyes and curb the appearance of wrinkles. Cucumber extract “hydrates and de-puffs,” caffeine and arnica work together to reduce the look of dark circles and hyaluronic acid offers additional hydration. Each container comes with 30 pairs of patches.
“So convenient and easy to use,” one Sephora customer says. “Love the cool soothing feeling from these eye patches after a long day staring at a computer screen.”
7. This skin texture-rejuvenating face mask: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial AHA + BHA Mask
Can’t make it to the spa for a facial? No problem. The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial AHA + BHA Mask comes pretty close to an in-office treatment. This “facial” 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 brighten the skin. In turn, skin comes out on the other side looking smoother and brighter. It’s 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,” a Sephora reviewer writes. “My skin is baby soft after this! I love my once per week little facial. Worth the money!”
8. This nourishing body salt: Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salt
A calming soak paired with bath salts is arguably the ultimate relaxation activity. The Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing 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 this salt’s moisturizing abilities. Coconut and lime extracts also tickle at your sense of smell with their respective scents.
“I love the coconut lime smell,” one Amazon customer says. “The aroma really smells good in my bathroom and drifts into the bedroom. I find this epsom salt to be very calming in addition to helping with aching muscles.”
9. This skin-renewing facial cleanser: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse
The first step of your skin care routine—i.e. cleansing—should always start off on a good note, but The Deep Cleanse from Tatcha intends to take washing your face up a notch even higher. Along with taking off dirt, grime and the like, this gel cleanser exfoliates and smooths using Japanese luffa fruit exfoliates and reduces the look of pores with leopard lily.
“This is the only product I use on my face, and it does a perfect job of leaving my skin clean and refreshed,” one QVC reviewer declares. “Definitely a quality skin product.”
10. This luxurious skin tool: SolaWave Advanced Skincare Wand
Gadget-loving skincare enthusiasts will especially enjoy the SolaWave Advanced Skincare Wand. According to the brand, this wand acts as a “4-in-1 skincare tool” by using the following technologies: Microcurrent sculpts the skin, red light therapy aids in minimizing discoloration, facial massage calms muscles and de-puffs and therapeutic warmth helps skincare penetrate better. It’s meant to be used alongside 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, given that I saw a noticeable improvement in under-eye puffiness and the lines on my forehead.
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