Post-workout, I treat myself to a warm soak to ease my sore muscles. While testing bath-friendly beauty products (tough job, right?), I stumbled across these three standouts, which have helped transform my bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary. I even use them as an incentive while working out (just one more mile until some TLC)!
Set the mood:
Bath & Body Works White Barn 3-Wick Candle in Honeysuckle ($20, bathandbodyworks.com)
Dim your lights (it’s you time!) and activate this candle. In a few minutes, the subtle blend of honeysuckle and creamy vanilla will fill the air. The best part: the sweet scent lingers for hours after the flame goes out.
Soak it up:
Lush Peaceful Lavender Bathing Under the Stars Bath Bomb in Twilight ($6, lushusa.com)
A fun alternative to bubble bath, this fizzy bath bomb will bob around the tub and dissolve, turning the water into frothy pink and purple swirls. Lavender essential oil will help you unwind—perfect for taking the edge off before bedtime.
Soften your skin:
Victoria’s Secret Seriously Soft Body Cream in Jasmine & Water Lily ($12, Victoriassecret.com)
Once you’re out of the tub, lightly pat your skin with a towel. While it’s still damp, slather on this rich cream. Hydrating coconut and sunflower oils will leave your skin feeling silky, while the tropical scent will put you in a vacation-mode mindset.
—Jessica Carter, beauty intern
As a college student, my schedule can get a little hectic. Unfortunately, my tired skin is often a dead giveaway of a stressful week.
When a term paper threatens my complexion, I turn to Skyn Iceland the Antidote Quenching Daily Lotion ($45). The invigorating formula (free of harsh chemicals) refreshes and rejuvenates my skin. I use it morning and night—and sometimes even smooth a little on my T-zone during my 2P.M. slump.
The lotion reduces redness, prevents breakouts and calms irritated skin. After a tough spinning class, it’s the perfect antidote to my red, splotchy face. Just because the going gets tough doesn’t mean your skin has to! How do you treat your over-worked skin?
—Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger
Last week, I experienced my first ever yoga class at Yogamaya studios in New York City. As my breathing settled and I lunged into warrior pose, I was amazed by how relaxed I felt. I wished there was a way to carry the calming studio home with me after the session. Rather than lug my mat all over town, I dug through the beauty closet for a quick-fix product to throw into my purse. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, a relaxing scent is the quickest way to unwind.
“The part of the brain that detects smell — the olfactory lobe — is connected to the emotional brain,” Hirsch says. “It’s totally different than any other sensory experience.”
Now, when I start to feel stressed, I reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief ($10). This miniature miracle eases your senses while relieving tension, pressure and tightness. Just massage a small amount on your neck, earlobes and temples, and say “Om.”
–Catherine O’Neill, beauty intern