2020 has been a tough year, to say the least. Now that it's coming to an end, it is a great opportunity for us to hit reset, and the perfect time to focus on self-care. Take this time to recover and pamper yourself with a full-body care.
Here are 6 self-care products you need this new year, for your me-time routine, from head to toe.
Candles. A must-have in any self-care routine. There's something about lighting a candle that instantly sets a calming tone for a room — not only through the smell but also through the swaying of a candle's flame. The candle flame is both mesmerising and gentle. Just like how watching a slow rhythmic image can soothe us, so too can the flickering flame. Certain scents are also proven to help calm and de-stress us (think rose and jasmine).
But not all candles are worth a buy – some burn too quickly and others don’t actually have a pleasant scent. So, to save you the trouble, we have put together some candles we think are worth every penny.
1. DIPTYQUE Rose Scented Candle
Iconic French fragrance house Diptyque is renowned for its range of signature scents and candles. Particularly their Rose Geranium Candle will fill your home with the bloom of red roses, which is mixed with a combination of fresh fragrant leaves that will help ease away any stress.
It may be a little on the pricier side, but Diptyque candles are made to burn longer than most traditional candles. With a proper burn, they can last you on average 50 to 60 hours. Plus, the aesthetics of a Diptyque candle is the perfect addition to your vanity table, and is absolutely Insta-worthy.
Available at VIIMART in 190g (90 SGD 85 SGD)
2. Rituals Cosmetics Imperial Rose Candle
We also recommend trying out Ritual’s Imperial Rose Candle. Packaged in a luxurious and enchanting champagne coloured glass jar is at least 50 hours of a rose garden in full bloom. Combined with fresh and natural elements of traditional green tea, this candle will bring you to a state of calm and help relax your body and mind.
Available at VIIMART in 360g (72 SGD 60 SGD)
A little extra tip: After you’ve finished burning your candles, clean out the wax and use the jars to hold flowers, pencils or your makeup brushes!
Masks. Self-care and face masks go hand in hand. I am sure many of you are already familiar with this. Search #selfcare on Instagram, and you’ll be met with pictures and pictures of mask selfies – a digital social proof that we are actively engaging in self-care.
But face masks for self-care is not just a marketing ploy. Building a routine around the mask reinforces moments of rest and calms your stressful mind. Reading a book or just mindlessly scrolling through your social media whilst waiting for your sheet mask to work its magic – it’s the perfect excuse to pause and just be.
I am sure many of you are familiar with the different types of face masks and it is probably part of your usual skincare routine. Why not add in a quick massage session for your face?
3. The History of Whoo Jinyulhyang Essential Massage Mask
Check out The History of Whoo’s Jinyulhyang Contouring Massage Mask. Infused with a 5,000-year old traditional oriental therapy with modern skincare technology to boost the skin’s elasticity and radiance. It even comes with a complimentary Rosewood massage tool to take your self-care routine to a next level. It allows the essence to be fully absorbed at the areas of the face’s vital energy pathways, leaving your skin vivid and glowing.
Available at VIIMART (95 SGD 82 SGD)
4. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Whilst you’re taking care of your face, why not show some love for your lips as well? Consider adding Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask to your self-care routine to exfoliate your lips overnight for smooth and supple lips.
Available at VIIMART (27 SGD 23 SGD)
Next, let’s talk about body care. Body treatment oils are always a good idea when it comes to de-stressing, particularly those that contain aromatherapy benefits to calm our senses. An expert in such product is none other than Clarins.
5. Clarins Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil
Clarins Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil is an effective body-contouring, moisturising and detoxifying body treatment full of essential oils and natural goodness including Broom, Geranium and Marjoram to help eliminate toxins and prevents sponginess – leaving your skin firm and energised. Particularly effective when used for massage!
Aromatics essences are also involved to deliver an overall feeling of relaxation and wellbeing, definitely an exhilarating treat after a hectic day.
Available at VIIMART (95 SGD 80 SGD)
6. Rituals Cosmetics The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Scrub
Nothing feels more like self-care than a good body scrub. A little self-love, smooth skin, AND a full body detox? Yes, please!
Ritual Cosmetics The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Scrub is a must-have for your weekly scrub-down. Enriched with the delightful aroma of Indian Rose and the soothing effects of Sweet Almond Oil, this purifying body scrub can calm any stress-infused day. It contains pink salt, ancient crystal salt from the Himalayas, which helps to remove dead skin cells to reveal smooth and radiant skin.
Available at VIIMART (63 SGD 51 SGD)
Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too. Especially during this challenging times, self-care is imperative. Pamper yourself this new year!