Regardless of the pandemic, one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves is by using beauty and wellness products. “Our skin reflects what’s going on from the inside out, and when we are out of balance and overly stressed it shows up in our complexion,” explains Mary Allan, whose namesake brand features clean ingredients backed by science. “A daily skin care ritual, combined with healthy lifestyle habits, can benefit the whole body and keep skin glowing.” (In addition to a proper regimen, Allan counts on regular sleep, a morning green smoothie, drinking lots of water, and exercise to help her feel balanced.)
But during especially emotive times like these, Allan says it’s important to incorporate “little wellbeing luxuries,” like her new, limited-edition Rose Quartz Wellbeing Mist, into your daily rituals. “The Rose Quartz Crystal is universally known as the energetic hallmark of unconditional love and wellbeing,” says Allan. “This mist infuses Bulgarian Rose Petal Water and Rose Quartz to refresh the complexion, while Hyaluronic Acid helps plump and hydrate the skin. Phyto Collagen, Beta Glucan, and fermented Glycoprotein further help fortify the skin.” A few spritzes is all you need to hydration, tone, and firm your complexion in one easy step.
Ahead, 25 more products – listed from spendiest to most affordable – to help you maintain a sense of well-being at home.
Mary Allan Gold Infused Rosewater Hydrating Cream, $195
“This restorative cream infuses fermented Gold with Bulgarian Rosewater and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and soothe the skin – which is especially helpful as many of us are experiencing irritation from wearing face masks,” says Allan of this timely product launch. “Wear this underneath your mask to keep your skin hydrated and comfortable, while keeping your pores congestion free.”
Muri Lelu Mauvaise Herbe Indica Oil, $170
Founded by a group of first-generation American women, Murl Lelu is a new brand spotlighting whole flower cannabis. Because as with ingestibles, research has proven that using the entire plant encourages the “entourage effect” – which allows your skin, in this case, to sink in the workhorse ingredient’s many benefits, from calming down inflammation to reducing acne. Before bed: massage in a few drops of this super-clean elixir – there’s no parabens, silicones, or fragrances – and wake up to a plump, glowy complexion.
Erno Laszlo Firming Cream, $128
This cream from the storied skincare line once adored by Marilyn Monroe stands out from the rest for an ingredient that has the beauty world abuzz: bakuchiol. Like retinol, it stimulates collagen production, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and minimizes hyperpigmentation. But since it’s naturally derived from the babchi plant, it’s suitable for even the most sensitive faces.
Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher, $120
Dark spots top many people’s skincare concerns; yet so many products only address hyperpigmentation on a superficial level, or worse, contain harmful bleaching agents. This product, which you apply to affected areas twice a day, contains a safe, yet groundbreaking polyphenol blend that works deep within the skin, where hypergpigmenation actually begins. Give it a few weeks, and you’ll start noticing even the most stubborn spots begin to fade.
Herbody Skincare Sample Pack, $99
The brainchild of Hardip Kalsi, Herbody is a new CBD-driven line marrying the best of nature and science. All the items in the brand’s lineup are rigoriously tested – “every detail from start to finish is carefully assessed prior to execution,” comments Kalsi – and are not just gentle to your skin, but the planet as well. And with this set, you can easily test-drive everything, from the Coconut Rose CBD Lip Balm to the Camelia Rose CBD Face Cream.
TheraOne Sleep CBD Tincture, $80
If the stress of COVID-19 has you tossing and turning frequently through the night, reach for this newly-launched tincture. Formulated with full spectrum CBD and other calming ingredients (like valerian root, lemon balm, and chamomile), one dropperful will help lull even the most restless minds into a deep, restorative state of rest in ten quick minutes.
Prismatic Plants Good Day Tincture, $70
I’ve never been a morning person (even less so during the pandemic), but this tincture, blended with stress-squashing adaptogens (think ginseng, schisandra, and rhodiola), relaxing herbs (holy basil and rosemary), and full spectrum CBD helps me start each day off on the right foot with a clear mind and steady energy – no coffee necessary.
Lord Jones CBD Body Lotion, $60
There’s no shortage of CBD lotions out there, but I’m partial to Lord Jones’ version for several reasons. It’s concentrated, so a little goes a long way. The texture is rich, yet absorbs instantly into the skin. Plus, the packaging is so chic – making it even more of a pleasure to use. The brand also just released a larger bottle at the same price of the original 50ml size, to help your dollar go further during these stressful times.
JOON Saffron Hair Elixir Oil, $50
Blended with ingredients adored in Persian culture – like precious saffron, whose delicate scarlet threads float in each bottle – there’s little this golden, luxurious multitasker can’t do. Just a few drops massaged through your strands mid-shaft to ends is all you need to help detangle, impart shine, and protect from heat damage. And the scent is so intoxicating, it could easily be bottled up as perfume.
In Common Beauty Crystal Cashmere Treatment, $50
Last fall, famed Los Angeles salon Nine Zero One launched a professional, two-step treatment called Crystal Cashmere. Because it restored health and shine to even the most damaged strands in just minutes, Crystal Cashmere became an instant hit. But since a visit to the salon is still out of the question for many of us, Nine Zero One recently made the innovative treatment available for at-home use.
Boscia Berry Blend Smoothing Facial with 28% Acid Complex, $44
Love how fresh your face looks after a facial, but can’t make it to your aesthetician soon? Then try this potent product, which marries the resurfacing properties of a spa-grade peel with the nourishing traits of a mask. Featuring real berries and a mix of acids, this jar tackles all your skincare concerns, from brightening dull complexions to fighting breakouts, in twenty minutes.
Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit, $39
As someone whose hands are always in motion and can’t be bothered with manicures, nail polish is a no-go – but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my nails to look tidy. Enter Bare Hands. Each chic vegan leather case contains a moonstone polisher and a pen of cuticle oil (Citrine or unscented). Simply buff dry nails with short strokes, then brush on some oil for a satiny shine.
Deck of Scarlet [Mist]ake Proof Blush, $36
While I love blush, a lot of powder versions quickly fade or look muddy after a few hours. To resolve both issues, this newly-unveiled one features a mistable, buildable formula. Simply spray onto a brush – the brand’s dual-ended Double Take Face Brush is especially good for the job – and gently tap onto the apples of your cheeks for a pretty, rosy flush.
Fable & Mane HoliRoots Repairing Hair Mask, $32
Founded by siblings Akash Mehta and Nikita Mehta, Fable & Mane marries the family’s traditions of self-care, Ayurvedic wisdom, and clean ingredients. Brimming with natural emollients (like coconut cream, banana, and cocoa seed butter) and a heady scent of jasmine and orchid, the brand’s creamy hair mask is an indulgent treat that regenerates all types of hair.
Joanna Vargas Ritual Brush, $30
Don’t be fooled by its humble appearance, because dry brushing is an age-old practice that reportedly helps with everything from minimizing the appearance of cellulite to promoting lymph flow. It feels terrific, too: before you shower, simply glide the brush over your body in sweeping, smooth strokes in the direction of your heart. Let completely dry between uses.
Olaplex No. 0, $28
The key to understanding how Olaplex’s latest launch works is to view it as a primer. Like versions for your skin, No. 0 should be applied to dry hair, and used in conjunction with another product – in this case, No. 3 Hair Perfector. Twenty minutes is all it takes for Bis-Aminoparopyl Diglycol Dimaleate, the brand’s star ingredient, to leave hair looking and looking ultra smooth and shiny, and feeling touchably soft.
Everyday Humans Rosé S’il Vous Plait, $25
Though I like mineral sunscreens, many versions unfortunately feel greasy, and make your skin look chalky. This one is oil-free, imparts a super matte finish, and is loaded with other beneficial ingredients (think aloe, rose extract, and green tea) – making it especially suitable for oily and acne-prone complexions – so you can feel good about wearing SPF every day.
Wellnesse Revitalizing Dry Shampoo for Darker Hair, $24
Like a lot of people, I was craving a change after quarantine. So I got bangs. While I love how they look, they start getting a little greasy by the end of the day. Enter this just-launched natural dry shampoo. Since it was developed expressly for darker hair like mine, I don’t have to worry about blending it in. I simple shake some powder, tousle it in, and go.
Cocokind Daily SPF Sunscreen, $24
This innovative sunscreen not only contains non-nano zinc oxide – making it safe for our vanishing reefs – it also has blue phytoplankton, which shields against blue light emmitted by your digital devices, and microalgae to protect against pollution and other environmental aggressors. Plus, it’s super lightweight and absorbs in a flash.
B Great Hemp After Shave, $24
Infused with 100mg of full spectrum, American-sourced CBD, this serum immediately soothes post-shave redness and irritation, while lightly hydrating skin without clogging pores. And because it’s formulated without fragrance, it’s safe on even the most sensitive mugs. It works as an allover face moisturizer if you’re in a pinch, too.
Malin + Goetz Bergamot Deodorant, $22
Unlike antiperspirants – which can clog pores, irritate sensitive skin, and cause other unpleasant side effects – this new Bergamot Deodorant absorbs quickly, won’t stain clothes, and leaves no chalky residue on the skin. The fresh, herbaceous scent also helps neutralize unpleasant body odor – as opposed to masking it – and won’t compete with your your personal fragrance choice.
Haoma Earth Bar Soap, $15
Say goodbye to all those plastic bottles, and help the planet out by swapping them out with this natural bar – which replaces your face wash, body cleanser, and hand soap. It’s infused with deeply purifying and antimicrobial ingredients (like activated charcoal and bentonite clay), and no matter how often you use it – your skin will aways be left deeply clean, yet moisturized.
Every Man Jack SPF 50 Face Shield Sunscreen Stick, $14
This broad spectrum sunscreen stick makes slicking on protection anywhere and everywhere a snap. The solid consistency means it’ll easily travel with you when the time is right again, and because it’s safe for the oceans and reefs – you can feel even better about using it. And don’t forget to apply to other burn-prone body parts, like your hands and shoulders.
Hero Cosmetics Micropoint for Dark Spots, $12.99
This set of six little stickers might not look like much, but don’t be fooled. Each one contains a whopping 173 dissolving micropoints, which help visibly break up pesky hyperpigmenation – whether it’s from acne or laying around in the sun. Just leave on the dark spot for six hours, remove, and repatch every few days for the best effect.