Beauty: Products to soothe body and mind
We’re in the eye of a storm and stress levels are soaring. Velvet selects five products to help soothe a troubled body and mind
The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry, £19, chemistrybrand.com
When it comes to fighting coronavirus, it’s a vital weapon in the arsenal. But washing hands so often and for so long takes a toll on the skin. If your hands are feeling tight, dry, sore, this Chemistry Brand cream is an absolute wonder. Containing a derivative of the mushroom Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp, shown to be 400x more moisturising than hyaluronic acid, and a combination of Sacha Inchi oil and Maize Propanediol, which work together to form a protective barrier, it means business - and delivers, too.
De Mamiel Botaniques Sleep Series Settle, £40, demamiel.com
If a busy mind is a barrier to sleep, try this. A potent blend of essential oils formulated to encourage mental and physical calm - lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, wild rose. . . - you roll it across your palms and hold them in front of your face, inhaling deeply for at least three breaths, then anoint your wrists and chest, still focused on your breathing. The mindful ritual is calming in itself.
Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Rehydration Booster, £15, hylamide.deciem.com
Stress, sleeplessness and spending more time indoors can leave skin parched. This hyper-strength serum delivers a serious hit of hyaluronic acid, the miracle moisturising ingredient which can hold more than 1,000x its own weight in water. Containing five molecular weights - the lighter the molecule, the further it travels into the dermis - it hydrates both on the surface and below. Skin is immediately comforted.
Sanctuary Spa Sleep Dream Easy Pillow Mist 100ml, offer price £5.50 (was £8), superdrug.com
Spritz your pillow with this mist just before getting into bed and, when your head hits the feather and down, you’ll be lulled by lavender (to relax), jasmine (to lift mood) and ylang ylang (to de-stress). Fragranced with natural essential oils, the scent is cosseting without being cloying; close your eyes, breathe deeply and let your mind drift.
Cire Trudon Ourika candle, £80, launching April, harrods.com and selfridges.com
There’s something singularly soothing about a good scented candle: the hypnotic flickering of the flame; the comforting embrace of the fragrance. The latest addition to Cire Trudon’s Les Belles Matieres Collection, Ourika is a case in point. Weaving floral iris and rose otto with creamy gardenia and magnolia and a hint of sharp pink peppercorn, it’s a spirit-raising reminder that summer is coming and brighter days are ahead.
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