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Between winter weather, small daily annoyances, and Valentine’s Day (no matter what your relationship status), you’re probably stressed. There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about self-care, but I’m here to offer you something a little bit more superficial and arguably more fun: selfish-care.
Good sleep, soaking in a hot tub, and skin that is soft and smooth as opposed to dry and itchy can go a long way towards improving serenity. So can spending a half hour just completely focusing on your own damn needs. So use these things, enjoy them, and feel no obligation to share them.
Pursoma Apres Savasana Soak ($18)
This über-natural brand makes tub kits that manage to be primal yet luxurious at the same time. This one has sea salt, seaweed, algae, and a bunch of aromatic oils in it. It’s billed as a post-yoga treatment, but is also a good post-I-had-a-shitty-day-at-work treatment.
Les Couvent Des Minimes Relaxing Pillow Spray ($18)
If you’re not the type of person to buy pillow spray, hear me out on this one. The scent is described as lavender and mandarine, but it smells nothing like lavender, a smell I hate. It’s a soft, almost powdery, and thoroughly relaxing fragrance that’s not overpowering. I spray it on my pillow about 15 minutes before I go to sleep and it’s like drifting off in a softly scented French meadow.
Leaders Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask ($6)
There’s something about slapping a slimy hydrogel mask on and laying on your couch for 20 minutes that can really change your attitude. Leaders, a Korean company, makes a sheet mask for whatever ails you, but this one is specifically for red, stressed-out skin.
Rituals Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel ($15)
This shower gel is fun and smells good, so really what more can you ask for? It has a cheery citrus scent and starts out as a gel that turns into a sudsy foam, which doubles as a great shave cream.
Kopari Coconut Body Milk ($30)
A bunch of celebrities, including Jared Leto, just invested in this company, and the products are good! You have to like the smell of coconut, however, which is the one caveat. This body milk is really luxurious without being as thick and gooey as the brand’s signature Coconut Melt, which is literally 100 percent coconut oil.
Karuna Age-Defying+ Hand Mask ($9.50)
All you have to do is stick your hands into these soft paper gloves and fasten them shut around your wrists. After 20 minutes, your formerly shriveled hands emerge with softer cuticles and plumped-up looking skin. If nothing else, the product will force you to put down your phone and stop reading Politico for 20 minutes.