To herald in the first few days of National Stress Awareness Month, below you’ll find a sampling of products that will help stave off the common stress-related concerns. Everything from setting yourself up for a better night’s sleep - 44% of stressed people in the U.S. lose sleep every night - to simply taking time out every few days to relax with aromatic, luxe beauty treatments. As a reminder, National Stress Awareness Day is April 16th.
STRESS RELIEF STARTS IN THE SHOWER
Avalon Organics® Lavender Shower Gel
NSF/ANSI 305 Certified: made with at least 70% organic ingredients. Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates
This natural shower gel will transform your bath or shower routine into a fresh and soothing experience. Wheat Protein and Aloe purify and restore dry-skin, while essential Lavender Oil calms the senses with a delicious, fragrant smell.
Price: $11, Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.avalonorganics.com
bliss hot salt scrub
Super-softening, spa-strength skin smoothing action!
stimulates the senses with rosemary and eucalyptus
hydrates the skin with algae extract and glycerin
self heating formula gently exfoliates the skin with sea salts
This legendary all-over sea salt body scrub is oil-free, super-softening, self-heating and spiked with eucalyptus and rosemary oils. It's the ultimate do-it-yourself spa-strength skin smoother.
Price: $38, Available at bliss spas, blissworld.com, ULTA and ULTA.com
SAVE YOURSELF A TRIP TO A PRO
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment
A busy schedule means certain tasks can fall by the wayside – like regular trips to the salon for color touchups. Often, blonde can quickly become brassy, but with EverPure it has never shined this brightly. This direct-dye treatment brings hair back to first-day color in just one use. The sulfate-free formula helps to preserve the integrity of the hair fiber for improved color retention. What’s more, it doesn’t take much more time out of your busy day than your daily shower.
Price: $8.99, Available at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide
StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel
Check a trip to the dermatologist off your seemingly ever-growing “to do” list. 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel is a potent, two-step resurfacing and exfoliating treatment with the highest level of Glycolic acid and other AHA acids available for home use. The 5-minute, weekly skin renewal treatment helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and diminishes the look of pores. Instantly, it improves clarity and enhances radiance for a luminous, youthful glow – even when you’re feeling less than your best.
Price: $89, Available at StriVectin.com
SLEEP WELL, LIVE WELL
a potent PM version of fatgirlslim with slenderiZZZe complex™
Get a full night's 'booty' sleep with this supercharged sister to our famed Fatgirlslim. Formulated with bliss’ signature encapsulated slenderiZZZe complex™ that releases multi-active ingredients and soothing lavender for up to 6 hours, this ultra-rich cream helps make the most of your body's overnight restorative process.
· sacred lotus flower addresses four causes of cellulite: fat storage, fat burning, water retention, and slackened skin
· promotes a sleep-friendly environment with lavender
Price: $38, Available at bliss spas, blissworld.com and Sephora
Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask
With the new Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask, Erno Laszlo redefines the term “Beauty Sleep” by introducing an overnight product that delivers unprecedented moisture and vital nutrients while you sleep. Sourced from the mountains, desert and sea, state-of-the-art hydrating ingredients such as Prickly Pear and Brown Algae are included in the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask formula to provide optimal moisture results.
Price: $90, Available at ErnoLaszlo.com, The Institute—Erno Laszlo, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E
Resveratrol B E is an intensive antioxidant night concentrate that protects skin from the effects of free radicals created endogenously (often by stress and aging.) This potent overnight treatment neutralizes age-accelerating internal free radicals, strengthens functionality to resist new damage, and promotes skin’s natural repair to diminish the signs of accumulated damage. Resveratrol B E combines a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol, the highest level on the market today, which is synergistically enhanced with 0.5% baicalin and 1% vitamin E to boost skin’s endogenous antioxidant defense against oxidative stress.
Price: $145, Available at SkinCeuticals.com
SMALL LUXURIES THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Clarisonic® Limited-Edition Indulgence Gift Set
Treat yourself with Clarisonic Limited Edition Indulgence Gift Set. This Spa-in-a-Box leads with the unmatched Clarisonic Mia 3, which uses three customizable speed settings and advanced features to provide high-performance sonic cleansing. The set also includes Clarisonic’s best brush heads for a glowing complexion and truly relaxing experience. The Radiance Brush Head helps even out tone and texture, and the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head is a luxurious, indulgent cleansing experience.
Set Includes: Clarisonic Mia 3, USB-Enabled Charger, Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head, Radiance Brush Head, 1 oz. Gentle Hydro Cleanser
Price: $199, available at Clarisonic.com
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
Simplify your makeup routine and turn your favorite skincare into makeup with Custom Cover Drops. These revolutionary, pure pigments allow you to customize any product in your beauty regimen and control the level of coverage. Custom Cover Drops can be mixed with anything liquid – moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations, tinted moisturizers and more – to turn them into custom makeup.
These drops feature Flash Fusion™ technology, so as soon as you drop, everything but the pure pigment flashes off, weightlessly transforming your favorite beauty product in the palm of your hand. The pigments are coated with Lecithin, which is biochemically similar to skin, smoothing the pigment particles so they spread easily. It’s simple to use – just place your usual product into the palm of your hand, DROP in Custom Cover Drops, MIX with your fingertips and TRANSFORM into perfect customized coverage, from a sheer tint (1 drop) to a full coverage foundation (4 drops). Available in 24 shades.
Price: $44, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and CoverFX.com
These Luxury Toothpastes combine the fluoride and oral care ingredients you need with aromatherapy-inspired flavors that you'll love. Both formulas were designed with the beauty of your smile in mind - they remove surface stains to whiten teeth, and polish your enamel for a shiny surface and a smooth, fresh-from-the-dentist feeling. Embrace National Stress Awareness month both morning and night!
· Refresh will get you going whenever you need a lift with mint flavor and energizing extracts of lime, orange and mandarin.
· Relax will give you a feeling of tranquility with calming extracts of lavender, chamomile and vanilla.
Price: $25, available at GOSMiLE.com (Includes 2 tubes, 1 3.5 oz tube of EACH Refresh and Relax Toothpaste)
Kérastase Crème Chronologiste Revitalizing Balm
Take time to relax and truly pamper yourself with one of Kérastase’s most luxurious brand offerings, Crème Chronologiste. The crème de la crème of masks, this treatment is formulated with the largest amount of active ingredients including of Abyssine, Vitamins A & E, a trio of Ceramides and cationic derivative to deeply nourish hair from scalp to ends. The mask is pre-mixed with the mimetic-caviar pearls for total scalp and hair restoration and rejuvenation.
Price: $65, Available at Kerastase-USA.com and Kérastase Salons
Meaningful Beauty® by Cindy Crawford Deep Cleansing Masque
Sit back and relax with a "facial-in-a-bottle” thanks to the Deep Cleansing Masque, designed to lift the skin and exfoliate impurities. An infusion of antioxidants and marine extracts (Ginko Biloba, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil and Cucumber) allows you to deep clean and purify skin while reviving the stressed look of your face to reveal fresh, younger, radiant looking skin after just one use.
Price: $43, sold separately by calling 1-877-383-1212 or available at MeaningfulBeauty.com as part of the 5-piece New Advanced System ($39.95 plus s/h for 30 day supply). Preferred Customer: $29.95
Enjoy the pampering and remember to treat yourself kindly! Others, too!