September can be an exciting yet stressful month for many – whether you are a student getting ready to shift back into the hectic rhythm of school life, or a parent trying to ensure a successful school year for your children, stress can chip away at our wellbeing or hit us when we least expect it. When you are shopping for school supplies this season, don’t forget about your own wellness needs; see our recommendations for self-care treats that will keep you looking and feeling your best.
Say goodbye to dull and stressed out skin and restore natural radiance to your complexion with nightly applications of this toner. Alcohol-free and totally vegan, the Derma E Radiance Toner contains a high quantity of glycolic acid, which promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Collagen production is increased as the outer layer of the skin is thickened from the stimulating effects of glycolic acid. Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera gel combine to moisturize skin and enhance suppleness, and powerful antioxidants such as Pycnogenol®, rosehip extract, and rooibos leaf extract help to prevent and repair the signs of aging. Dull, tired skin gives way to a bright and fresh complexion as the natural aroma of rose soothes the senses.
Stress makes skin more prone to breaking out; our bodies release cortisol in response to stress, which then triggers increased sebum production, contributing to clogged pores and eventually, pimples. Keep stress at bay and kick acne to the curb with this mighty mask – the star ingredient, manuka honey, has powerful antibacterial properties that effectively eliminate acne-causing bacteria, and provides anti-inflammatory effects to soothe redness and irritation. It is also a natural humectant, which means it can draw moisture from the air to your skin, keeping it supple and hydrated. Housed in a recyclable aluminum tube, this creamy mask also features antioxidant-rich vanilla pod and Vinanza Grape grapeseed extract, which protect the skin against oxidative stress and prevent the signs of aging. Use twice a week over face and décolletage for 15 minutes as a hydrating and preventative treatment, or use as a spot treatment for blemishes as they arise, and make your breakouts a thing of the past.
A perfect combination of silica-rich pink kaolin clay and highly absorbent Moroccan Rhassoul clay, Evan Healy’s natural clay mask stimulates circulation and conditions skin with essential minerals such as calcium, silica, iron, and magnesium, which facilitate skin cell renewal and boost elasticity. This mask is ideal for treating congested skin as excess oil is absorbed, unclogging pores and gently exfoliating dead skin cells. To activate clay’s healing properties, simply mix a teaspoon of the clay with clean water, or with a hydrosol to improve its therapeutic potential. Smooth the mixture over your face and wash off after it dries.
Sleep tends to be scarce during back to school season, with heavy school bags and heavier eye bags often accompanying each other. One common cause of baggy under eyes is fluid buildup in the eye area, which occurs after insufficient sleep. De-puff your eyes and get an instantly refreshed and awakened look in just 10 minutes with these super hydrating eye pads, which are infused with plant sourced hyaluronic acid. To maximize effectiveness, chill the product in the refrigerator before using for a cooling freshness boost.
Aside from internal sleep aids to combat restlessness at night, external methods such as aromatherapy can also be an effective tool to promote serene and restful sleep. This luxurious light-blocking silk eye pillow is filled with calming French lavender, which is famous for its abilities to soothe and relax. Its gentle fragrance has been shown to be an effective treatment for insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and migraines, and stress in general; recent studies point to lavender aromatherapy’s effectiveness at increasing the amount of time spent in deep sleep, the stage of sleep that is key for restoring energy and feeling rested upon waking. To release the fragrance of lavender, simply roll the flowers inside the eye pillow between your fingers and get ready to escape to dreamland.
Available in unscented, rose, and jasmine, this naturally pink salt boasts numerous health benefits and is perfect for adding to a soothing bath. In addition to sodium, Himalayan salt owes its pink colour to trace minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc – all essential nutrients for the maintenance of good health. These key nutrients help to preserve the moisture and radiance of skin while detoxifying pores through reverse osmosis. Himalayan salt baths are well known to fight inflammation of the muscles and joints, stimulate circulation, and relieve aches and pains – a perfect way to relax after a long and hectic day.
These organic coconut wax and non-GMO soy wax candles harness the power of aromatherapy by blending together complex harmonies of essential oils, calling to mind an aromatic sojourn into BC’s lush wilderness. Try calming and romantic Flora, featuring scents of lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, and patchouli, or ignite Wildwoods with essences of fir, clove, and purifying balsam. Just light a candle to enjoy a reprieve from your busy life and invite nature into your home.