How to pamper your skin, hair, and body if you’re staying home this New Year: Best scrubs, masks, and more
Give it a rest
Sentimental flicks and Hallmark cards might have you thinking that a picture-perfect holiday season is about spending time with friends and family. You're not wrong, but it can also be a pretty exhausting affair. For the bone-weary and socially wrung-out this season, we understand — and are more than supportive of your decision to stay in (and alone) for some quality time with your pillow. If you've been thinking of slipping on a face mask — or two — and run a relaxing bubble bath to unwind, you're on the right track. Here's us doing you one better: take the pampering a step further by devoting the entire day to indulge in the best skin-, hair-, and body-pampering products and rituals so you'll look your best in the days to follow. Our suggested roadmap, below.
9am: Fell asleep with your makeup on? Get that residue off your moneymaker with a gentle exfoliating wash.
The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleaning Gel is what you need to atone (and remedy) for makeup-related sins. This is thanks to a formidable ingredient list: Alpha Beta acids lift away dead skin cells and debris; willow bark decongests pores; while snow ear mushroom maintains your complexion's moisture balance. Expect silky-soft, smooth skin in minutes.
12pm: Rocked a Santa hat all December? Give your scalp some breathing room — and a good cleanse.
Give the Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox a whirl. Its vitamin-rich formulation removes build-up effortlessly while stimulating the hair follicle to promote healthy hair growth. Get a soothing playlist going, section hair off, and apply a few drops per region. Massage it onto your scalp, and leave it on for 20 minutes before sinking into a hot bath to wash it off. Bliss.
3pm: Indulged in one too many glasses of wine during lunch? Get moisture levels up with a hydrating mask.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so be sure to re-hydrate constantly. Water aside, go the extra mile by layering on a seriously moisturising facial treatment. Our pick: Dr. Jart's Shake & Shot Rubber Hydro Mask, which, when mixed, forms a rubbery material that allows for potent active ingredients (think hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5) to penetrate deeply into skin to work its magic.
6pm: Spent the entire day in your 'jammies watching movies? Scrub grime off with a good ol' body scrub.
Difficult as it might be to leave your cocoon of sheets, it's probably a good time as any to hit the shower before you start growing mould. And what serves as a better incentive than a stellar scrub? We recommend the Herbivore Botanicals Crushed Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish. Brimming with Epsom salt and virgin coconut oil, its rich, decadent paste gently eradicates all manner of impurities to boost skin luminosity and radiance (almost) instantaneously.
9pm: Feet stuffed in socks since the night prior? Treat those tootsies to a foot mask.
There's no better time to put your feet up, especially considering your exceptionally tiring day spent wandering from the bedroom to the kitchen for sustenance (he). Plop your laptop on your lap, getNetflix started, and slip on the Sephora Lavender Foot Mask for 20 minutes or so. Remove them to find refreshed, baby-soft skin.
11pm: Had the air conditioning blasting for hours on end? Don't forget to moisturise your paws, too.
Your digits are probably overworked from texting well-wishes to your entire contacts list. Be sure show your hands some TLC, too, with for the Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream. Aside from shea butter and aloe leaf juice (they soothe and nourish dry, cracked palms), this bad boy also comes with macadamia nut oil to smooths rough cuticles in a jiffy.
12am: Bundled up and ready to drift into la la land? Slather on a sleeping mask so you'll wake up to clear, glowing skin in the AM.
Work hard now so you won't have to in the future, right? For smooth, bright complexion with minimal effort, sport a hardworking sleeping mask to do the work as you slumber. The Allies Of Skin 1A Retinal & Peptides Overnight Mask does the trick, with its potent blend of antioxidants, retinaldehyde, and peptide complex repairing signs of skin damage while calming inflamed zits.