The terms “self-care” and “me time” are used a lot, but for many of us, these are but a dream… In between running a household, building a career, raising a family and maintaining hobbies and social commitments, many of us do not get to take some much-needed time out to rest, recuperate and fill our cups.
But this is where your beauty regime comes in. For some women, the only alone time they get is when they take a shower – so why not transform your shower or bath time into a pamper session?
Don’t underestimate the power of a face mask, bath bomb or beautifully scented candle next to the tub – these simple pleasures have the ability to transform your day and offer some well-deserved self-care. After all, it’s often the little things that make the biggest impact.
Here is our selection of the very best self-care products our team has been indulging in.
Skin Republic Matrixyl 3000 3% Foil Under Eye Patches (R79.99) contain a powerful peptide complex to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while improving skin texture and smoothness.
Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Under Eye Patches (R75.00) help brighten dark circles, improve the appearance of pigmentation and improve the skin’s texture to leave the eyes looking younger and well-rested.
Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patches (R60.00) contain collagen, green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A and E to help visibly reduce the signs of ageing around the eye area (including puffiness, dark circles and dryness).
Mavala Aqua Plus Multi-Moisturizing Snow Mask (R695.00) helps replenish the skin’s moisture levels while reinforcing and strengthening its barrier in order to prevent moisture loss. It contains dermo-soothing Mallow flower and hyaluronic acid of three different molecular weights to ensure optimum hydration.
CATRICE Limited Edition Holiday Skin Cooling Facial Globe (R174.95) is a facial massage tool made of borosilicate glass, which can be cooled in the fridge and used on its own or with a serum or oil to massage the skin, to increase blood flow and depuff.
Cape Island African Storm Mini Candle (R165.00) is the perfect bath tub companion. Hand-poured using a soy wax blend and fine perfume oils imported from France, this candle burns for up to 12 hours and fills the room with the most exquisite scent of exotic baobab, jasmine and the warmth of white sandalwood.
Bio Sculpture Ethos Rosehip Cuticle Oil (R130.00) features a unique composition of oils including Roseship and Camelia Oil to smooth rough and dry patches, locking moisture into nails and cuticles to keep them nourished and hydrated.
Bio Sculpture Ethos Kiwi Scrub (R130.00) contains passion fruit seed powder to exfoliate and rehydrate dry nails and cuticles as well as added vitamin C and E, Ginseng root extract, sunflower oil and sweet almond oil to moisturise and hydrate nails.
Sorbet Bubble Trouble Bath Bombs (R139.00) brighten up any bath time routine, day or night. The set contains 28 mini bath bombs in five sweetly-scented variants: Firming, Hydrating, Balancing, Nourishing and Rejuvenating.
Bio Sculpture Apricot Kernel Scrub (R210.00) is a creamy scrub filled with natural apricot kernels and pumice to gently yet effectively exfoliate the hands and body.
essence Hello Good Stuff! Fresh Glow Peel-Off Mask (R137.95) contains blackberry extract and hyaluronic acid to nourish and hydrate the skin with a gel-like texture that feels lovely on the skin and peels off when dry. It leaves skin with refined pores, a smoother texture and a healthy glow.
CATRICE Glow Super Vitamin Serum (R149.95) is enriched with a vitamin complex containing 2% vitamin C, 8% niacinamide and 1% vitamin E. It provides skin with moisture and nutrients while enhancing its natural glow.
CATRICE Glow Exfoliating Overnight Serum (R149.95) offers gentle overnight exfoliation with 9% AHAs (of which 7% is glycolic acid and 2% is lactic acid), to rid the complexion of dead skin cells. The formula is also enriched with 1% prebiotics to help balance the skin.
Eco Diva Crème Brûlée Body Butter (R435.00) is an ultra-luxurious all-over body butter filled with natural ingredients rich in omegas, antioxidants, vitamins and superfoods for healing scars and stretch-marks as well as collagen-boosting actives for wound healing.
Garnier SkinActive Hydra Bomb Eye Sheet Mask (R42.95) reduces dark circles with cooling hydration in just 15 minutes. It contains orange juice and hyaluronic acid and has a vegan formula. This eye mask helps reduce bags, dark circles and also helps to depuff eyes, leaving skin firm and glowing.
Cape Island African Storm Mini Fragrance Diffuser (R273.00) is exactly like Cape Island’s regular fragrance diffusers, just in a smaller 50ml bottle. Beautifully boxed and adorned with hand-drawn sketches and opulent gold accents, the mini diffuser exudes irresistible charm.
Oh So Heavenly Coconut Glow Body Scrub (R56.99) with argan and coconut oils helps keep your skin
glowing. This decadent, creamy scrub contains apricot kernels to exfoliate dry, dead skin cells to reveal
soft, smooth skin.
CATRICE Makeup Head Band is just what you need to pop over your hair when you’re soaking in the tub with your favourite face mask.