Right now, we all need a little self-care. Something simple, inexpensive, and uncomplicated to take our mind off things. A small indulgence to make us feel good. For me, when I do a little pampering, I feel better.
I’m a big believer in maintaining as much normalcy as possible when things feel uncertain. And for many of us, we’re focusing on maintaining that normalcy for our families.
Now, more than ever, it’s going to be really easy to forget about yourself.
Carving out some time, even if it’s just a minute, for self-care will help you feel centered and allow you to take better care of yourself and everyone around you.
So, I thought it would be helpful to roundup my favorite beauty tools and products. These are some of my all-time favorite finds, that I use regularly, and are all under $40.
You can incorporate these into your day without a lot of fuss, and seriously, since none of us will be hitting up a salon in the coming weeks, we’re going to need all the help we can get! 😉
6 Affordable Luxury Beauty Products and Tools You’ll Love
Clay Mask, $39
This is my favorite face mask. It’s gentle, not drying, and effective. It’s a clay mask, so it gets tight on your skin. Keep on for ten minutes, and wipe off with a warm washcloth. Use once or twice a week to help remove dirt, oil, and pollutants from your face.
I like to use it as part of my nighttime skincare routine.
Ice Roller, $15
I bought this ice face roller in 2019 while I was up in the middle of the night and pregnant with Vivi, unable to sleep. By the time it showed up, I had forgotten about it. I eventually used it, and it is surprisingly fantastic.
I keep it in my freezer drawer and use it first thing in the morning, while the house is still quiet and I’m getting my coffee ready. This helps reduce redness and puffiness and also tightens pores. It also just feels so good and helps wake me up.
Derma Roller, $23
Of all the gizmo’s I use on my face, and there are many, it is by far the most impactful. A Microneedle, or Derma Roller is a small, handheld tool that rolls thousands of tiny needles across your face.
Doing so does a few things, first, it helps stimulate collagen – something we all need. Second, the small little holes the needle makes allows your products to absorb into your skin better, making them more effective.
Does it hurt? No, but it might feel uncomfortable at first. You get use to it.
Start once a week and work your way to two. When you use this, skip any other exfoliate you might use.
Dry Brush, $20
Dry brushing is an excellent technique used to reduce cellulite, improve circulation, smooths skin, and help with lymphatic drainage – which in turn helps strengthen our immune system. I started using it simply to exfoliate before learning about all the other good-for-you benefits.
Use it once to twice a week, before you shower. Work in sweeping movements up your body from your toes to your chest, and then in a downward motion from your neck to your chest. It feels weird but good, and your skin will feel great right away and start to glow a few weeks from now with regular use. This is the brush I use, from goop.
Hand Cream, $29
We’re washing our hands and wiping down every surface in our homes all day long. We need a good hand cream, and this one from L’Occitane is the best. I keep tubes of these all around the house: in drawers, in my bag, and the pocket of my robe.
And as an extra little something, warm a wash cloth and wrap it around your hands – like when you get your nails done, and then apply this cream before bed. You’ll wake up with soft and supple skin, ready for the next round of cleaning.
Note: this is not the family hand cream, this is just for me.
Hydrating Mask, $38
Earlier this week, my hair stylist called me to confirm that my appointment for this week was canceled.
Breathe in, breathe out.
I am NOT a natural blonde, as you’ll soon see yourself.
Since we’re not using a lot of heavy chemicals and tools on our hair right now, spend a little time bringing it back to life.
Because all those things do a number on our hair. This mask by Moroccan Oil will help infuse your strands with hydration and it takes only five minutes to use!
Simply wash your hair, towel dry it, work it through your hair in with a wide-tooth comb, wait for 5 minutes, and rinse it out. You’ll thank me later.
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