28 Days to a New, Beautiful and Healthy You: Time to Unwind and De-stress

We know how crazy and stressful it can be to stay at home for such a prolonged period of time. Moreover, the worries of how long this COVID-19 pandemic may last, and what permanent changes to our society, how we live our lives, how we work, how we interact … these can be quite overwhelming.

It may be important to steal a few moments of private me-time to unwind and relax, so that you can be recharged and able to more effectively deal with the challenges.

  1. Relax with Facial Masks

Hide away for 15 minutes, pour yourself a hot cup of tea, light a scented candle, and unwind with a calming face mask on. This may be one of the easiest and quickest way to feel relaxed and recharged. At the same time, you get to have the gorgeous, glowing skin that you deserved.

We recommend our Hydrating Mask that hydrate, calm and relax you while they beautify your skin at the same time. Lie on your back, close your eyes, and enjoy our luxurious and overflowing mask serum.

After 15 minutes, remove the Mask, and you can use the excess serum for a face massage. More self-massage tips below.

  1. Self-Massage Tips

When spas and massages are not available during the circuit-breaker, you may consider self-massage. It relaxes your muscles, improves circulation, keeps your body working efficiently, and helps to de-stress. It only needs 2 to 3 minutes to work on each specific areas to do wonders.

You can simply use your hands, and use a foam roller, tennis ball or even a rolled up large bath towel, as massage aids.

When you massage your body with your hands, you may also like to use body cream, taking the time to also pamper and moisturise your body at the same time. Likewise, you can massage your face using your daily beauty products, so that you can stay beautiful at the same time.

For your face and eyes

Cleanse your face and hands thoroughly before the massage. You may like to use to apply moisturizer or facial oil on your face before the massage, to also moisturize your skin while unwinding. You may also use the excess mask serum after applying the mask on your face too. The massage will also help your skin to absorb the products more effectively as well.

To define your jawbone, you can use your index fingers and thumbs to pinch the skin along your jawline starting from the centre of the chin, then move outwards to just below your ears. Regular massage will clear up any congestion that may cause swelling and puffiness.

Close your eyes and gently place your thumbs under your eyebrows, starting at the inside corner of each eye socket. Press and gently move the thumbs in circular motion, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows. Continue this movement all around your eyes, ending back at the bridge of your nose.

Repeat this 3 times, focusing more at the indentation of the inner eye socket, where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows, as this may be an especially tender point for many people.

To ease headaches and tension

Place your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and gently use your fingertips to apply pressure and rub the temples. Using firm pressure with tiny circular motions, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as your fingers move along. To make the experience more pleasant, you may want to use facial oil as well.

For your neck and shoulders

Stress often manifest itself on your neck and shoulders. To dissipate that tension, use your left hand to firmly massage your right shoulder and the right side of your neck. You can start off with gentle circular motions, rubbing the muscle gently at first with your index and middle fingers. With your palm and fingers, you can squeeze the shoulder neck muscles to finish off with a firmer massage. Switch to the other side.

Relieve your feet

Sit on your chair and put a tennis ball under your foot. Gently exert pressure and roll the ball around slowly in order to relax different areas of your foot.

Relax your hands

It may be especially helpful for those of us who use the computer the whole day and have stiff hands and wrists. Stretch your palm out in front of you, and with your opposite hand, hold your fingers back firmly for five seconds. Repeat with the other hand.

Rotate your wrists counter clockwise for ten times, then clockwise for ten times. Repeat 3 times.

Release the lower back tension

Stand up and put your hands on your waist. With your thumbs behind you and fingers facing forward, gently press your thumbs into the muscles at either side of the spine, taking note not to press on the spine itself.

Keep your thumbs firmly pressed in while you rotate your waist in a small circular motion. Spend extra time where you find a tender point. Move your thumbs gradually up on each side of the spine as far as your hands can comfortably reach.

Miss your friends or loved ones? You can connect and brighten up their day by showing you care by sending them a gift, so that they can also stay healthy and beautiful with you.

Take advantage of the exclusive special promotion for 20% off for any purchases at Recherché online store for the entire period of the circuit break till 1st June 2020. Simply apply the promo code STAYSAFE20.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

WRITTEN BY

Coreenna Ong

Head of Research

Coreenna Ong has more than 20 years of extensive experiences in research and development, conceptualization, formulation, production process development and bring to market skincare products in the beauty industry. Ms Ong is currently the Director, Research and Development at Recherché skincare.

Recherché is a Singapore cosmeceutical skincare brand, with its products clean, green, plant-based and specially catered for Asian skin. It is also the pioneer in developing edible skincare actives to specifically address skin concerns.

Within just 2 years, Ms Ong’s research has led Recherché to win several awards and accolades for its products.

Ms Ong’s research focuses on harnessing the latest formulation technologies, knowledge and techniques to distil and extract nature's essence, and then apply them synergistically for maximum results.

She has authored 2 best-selling Beauty and Wellness books with Marshall Cavendish. The books had multiple runs and remained popular and in print circulation for several years. They are currently available in the Singapore National Library collection.

Ms Ong was also a Beauty columnist for Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore's largest Chinese-language newspaper publication, with huge regional presence. As its weekly expert contributor, she shared the latest research and technologies from the Beauty industry, and addressed the many skincare issues and concerns of the newspaper's readers regionally, including offering beauty tips, quick fixes and insider knowledge.

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