With temperatures plummeting and the days getting shorter and darker, all we want to do is hibernate at home – but with work parties to attend, friends and family to see, and late-night shopping to do, you might not have much down-time booked in the diary. That’s why we’re here to remind you to pamper yourself (you deserve it). Whether you’ve got five minutes in the morning or can steal an hour on Sunday evening, take some time for you. Your body will thank you and you’ll be feeling rested and ready to hit up the festivities.
So here are our favourite pampering products to treat yourself to this month.
Elemis Calm Bath and Shower Elixir
With a scientifically formulated blend of 15 essential oils including Clary Sage, Lavandin and Rosewood, this luxurious bath oil helps to restore harmony and calm the mind. Just add a couple of drops under running water and dive right in – your skin will be silky soft and smell amazing after too.
£100ml, £55 elemis.com
L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist
Ever feel like you really need a good night’s sleep but then find it hard to drift off, thoughts rushing through your head? Help to calm the mind with a relaxing pillow spray – a couple of spritz across your bedding will release the gorgeous scent of lavender from Provence, France. With sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium, Cocon de Sérénité, from L’Occitane’s Relaxing Collection, will help you to unwind.
100ml, £19 uk.loccitane.com
EVE LOM Radiance Antioxidant Eye Cream
Late nights and more Prosecco than water can cause havoc for our skin, especially under our eyes. Dark circles, puffiness and dryness are all tell-tale signs of a good night out but this EVE LOM Antioxidant Eye Cream works wonders to quickly reduce puffiness, illuminate dark circles and smooth skin. The quick-absorbing formula is gentle and soothing – making it the perfect pamper product when you only have a couple of minutes spare.
£48, available from harrods.com
Hayo’u Beauty Restorer Lite
If you haven’t heard the hype about Jade face tools, where have you been hiding this year? An age-old Chinese medicine with restorative properties, this Xiuyan Jade Restorer can help to relieve headaches, improve blood circulation, break down toxins and make skin look firmer and more radiant. Plus it’s super relaxing to do. Top tip – pop it in the fridge an hour or so before using it.
Dr David Jack Blue Face Paint Peel
What do we love more than a fun, bright blue face mask? A bright blue face mask made by leading British aesthetic doctor, Dr David Jack. With three coloured paints for different skin types (oily, dry and pigmented) we love the calming Blue mask for winter. With Hyaluronic Acid, Azelaic acid and Vitamin B5 it helps to boost moisture levels, combat redness and reduce inflammation.
ilapothecary Magnesium & Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak
Feeling the strain of a long day Christmas shopping or tidying the house before the family visit? Not only do these luxe bath salts look the part in a bathroom, but the magnesium and mineral-rich salts help to relax muscles, ease nervous tension and promote deep sleep. Blended with reparative and relaxing oils and gems so you can switch off from the day’s stresses.
400g, £55 ilapothecary.com
Jo Loves Christmas Trees Candle
Deck the halls with Jo Loves candles. Does anything smell more like Christmas than fresh pine? With nostalgic notes of pine, lavender, incense and amber, this Christmas Trees candle will get you in the festive mood. Run a bath, light the wick, lie back and enjoy this comforting fragrance. Bliss.
Kiehl’s Créme de Corps Whipped Body Butter
One of our all-time favourites has had a festive makeover by graphic artist Janine Rewell. Inside the cute tub with a new, metallic red lid, you’ll find the same thick, air-whipped body cream with Shea Butter and Jojoba Butter to moisturise and soften thirsty skin.
Lush Cinnamon Orange Bath Oil Tablet
Not feeling festive yet? Hang this spicy bath oil tablet under your tap and swish it in the water or break a little bit off for a bath that smells like Christmas, with cinnamon leaf, clove leaf and orange. Benzoin resinoid helps to ease tired muscles while organic Fair Trade cocoa butter and shea butter soften skin.
Margaret Dabbs Natural Foot Scrub
This one’s a treat for the feet. We often tuck our feet away into boots for winter, neglecting them until summer. But with Ground Bamboo Stem, this creamy vegan scrub will help to remove dead, dry flaky skin so your feet will be ready for those glitzy party shoes.
150g, £22 margaretdabbs.co.uk
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Intensive Mask
If your foreseeable weekends are filled visiting friends and family, this is the perfect pick-me-up in a packet to take away with you. Made from biocellulose and filled with low molecular Hyaluronic Acid and Saponin to help encourage your skin’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid, this mask will leave your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Plus it’s non-slip which means you can multitask while you pamper.