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Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Wellness Edit

While last year was all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and asking the difficult questions, I want this year to be about revelling in the little moments. I want to slow down. I want to stop multitasking. I want to dedicate my full attention to what I'm doing rather than trying to balance many things at once. If I'm having a bath, I want to enjoy the feeling of warm water cocooning me, rather than staring at the screen of my phone every few seconds. If I go for a run, I want to let my thoughts take over me instead of trying to drown out the noise with music. If I'm reading a book, I want to completely lose myself in it. I want to infuse life into everyday routines. I want to delight in the feeling of doing nothing. I want to stop confining myself to the claustrophobic boxes of my to-do lists. I want to take better care of my mental and physical health. I want to nourish my body from within and out. I want to stop feeling like I always need to be busy. I want to press pause, take a deep breath, and let go.

To help me in this mission of trying of embrace a slower and more mindful pace of life, I've rounded up a few products (some new and old) that support a happier and healthier mind and body.

One thing I'm actively working towards is trying to use more natural and cruelty-free brands and Ren makes up about 50% of my skincare and body care. Their chemical-free formulations, striped-back-yet-chic packaging and their environment-friendly ethos are totally on point. While I have a long list of favourites, my top recommendations are the incredibly luxurious Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil and the newly launched & Now To Sleep spray. Most pillow mists are made up of lavender but the addition of ylang-ylang and frankincense makes it smell altogether more luxurious. I've definitely noticed an improvement in my sleeping pattern ever since I started using it and like I've mentioned here, it has an instant calming effect on me. I'd go as far as to say that it's truly transformative.

I've always wanted to use a natural deodorant but didn't know if it would work and so it never quite made it into my beauty regime. But after reading some great reviews about the Schmidt roll-on sticks, I thought I'd give it go. And I'm happy to report that it's totally blown me away. To begin with, I'm not someone who sweats a lot, so it didn't have a lot to do. I just wanted something that kept my underarms smelling fresh and didn't leave those telltale white marks and it worked brilliantly on both these counts. It has a slightly waxy texture that melts into a soft oil-like consistency, which surprisingly feels nice and light on the skin.

Talking about body care, it's an area that we generally tend to scrimp on. It's easier to use a bog-standard drugstore body wash or a scrub. While I'm still looking for a body wash that's free from chemicals and doesn't cost a mini fortune, I've fallen head-over-heels in love with the Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish.  Apart from its very appealing millennial-pink hue, its tropical-scent makes me think of warm sunny days on a beach. It's gentle but effective and gives a good buff while leaving the skin feeling thoroughly moisturised.

I discovered the Forrest Essentials Rose Mist on my last visit to India and it's a high-end, luxury brand with products formulated around ayurvedic principles. Coupled with beautiful packaging and gentle formulas, their products all naturally fragranced. This refreshing mist smells exactly like freshly cut roses and I'm on my second bottle at the moment. 

I've had the jade roller for a while now and I love giving myself a massage every now and then. I slather on a generous layer of oil and go over my face a couple of times. Apart from aiding with lymphatic drainage, it's incredibly relaxing. The Fresh Vitamin Nectar mask is a new addition to my skincare arsenal and it's slowly worked its way to the top of my favourites. It has an instant brightening effect and leaves the skin feeling so soft! I'll report back on this once I've used it a couple more times but for now, I think it's a gentle exfoliating mask. 

One of my resolutions is to start taking better care of my health. So, I've started taking the Instytutum Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex capsules. While it's hard to notice any discernible difference, I know it's going to help in the long run. It’s packed with a host of skin-benefitting ingredients like biotin, which helps to strengthen hair and nails, while selenium is a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damage and increases skin elasticity and the famed hyaluronic acid boosts collagen production. It’s so hard to find one supplement that does it all and this one features the most comprehensive list of ingredients I’ve ever seen. Quite impressive. I could go on awhile about its brilliant formulation, but Instytutum does an excellent job of detailing the ingredients and how it works right on their website.

The Something For A Week kit from Biocol Labs is a plant-based detox kit that I'm quite excited to try. It contains a purifying blend of chicory, artichoke and choline, which contributes to the maintenance of a normal liver function. It comes with seven ampoules that can be taken on its own or mixed in with a juice. They suggest doing one detox every month and I'll do a detailed post about it soon. 
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