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Hibernation Mode Incoming… Everything You Need To Unwind After The Holiday Rush

Anya Elliman
Writer and expert7 months ago
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You know that period of time post festivities but pre New Year celebrations? It’s when the holiday craze has officially come to an end after a whirlwind of prosecco-fuelled celebrations, gift-giving and eating your bodyweight in cheese. Now, though? You’re feeling sleepy, slightly run-down and craving some much-needed TLC after seeing your family, friends, in-laws and everyone in between. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together the staples you need for the perfect self care session from the comfort of your own home. From skin-soothing body soaks and oils to spa-in-a-jar candles and coconut-infused scrubs, our edit of relaxing bath and body heroes are sure to help revive your skin, senses and space post the seasonal rush.

First things first, let’s set the mood. Transform your space into a garden of tranquillity with Acqua di Parma's La Casa Sul Lago Candle — think floral bouquets meet salty notes inspired by lapping shores (how dreamy). Just like a breath of fresh air, its evocative scent exudes an enchanting blend of fresh flower petals and aquatic notes softened by an embrace of warm musk. Wherever you light this, prepare to be transported into serene ambience…


Now, what better way to reconnect with your inner self than with a luxuriously long soak in the tub? We say it’s time to cancel plans and get ready to enjoy every last opulent drop of the Susanne Kaufmann's Mountain Pine Bath Oil. Inspired by the Alpine region of Austria, it stars a real, fresh pine sprig handpicked from the forest in Bregenzerwald to transport your senses to nature’s calming surroundings. This soothing soak is bursting with a blend of essential oils to boost your wellbeing and is the perfect reminder that there’s nothing more important than a bit of ‘me time’. Personally, we couldn’t think of a better addition to a wind-down bathing ritual.


The perfect reset for scalp and skin alike, OUAI’s Scalp & Body Scrub is the ultimate weekly detox. Deeply cleansing and gently foaming, this formula is powered by exfoliating sugar crystals and conditioning coconut oil that work to cleanse, soften and remove impurities – plus a dose of probiotics to leave your skin’s natural defences on high alert. Oh, and we can’t forget the velvety-rich rose scent. It’s a one-OUAI ticket to L.A that immerses the senses in an olfactory journey through a swoon-worthy blend of bergamot and lychee that falls onto a bed of white musk and sandalwood.


After you’ve buffed, scrubbed and polished, it’s time to quench thirsty skin with Le Labo’s Body Cream. Cocoon your limbs with this ultra-nourishing body lotion created to bring comfort to dry skin through a nourishing cocktail of shea butter and coconut and avocado oils. This rich, buttery formula is perfect for protecting skin against the perils of cold winter winds and central heating as it works to lock in hydration and boost elasticity. You'll be left with moisturised and softened skin day in and day out, with tightness soon becoming a distant memory…


In our opinion, face masks are the ultimate way to round off a self-loving ceremony. If you’re ready to swipe right on a new complexion companion, Biossance’s Squalane and Glycolic Renewal Mask could be your chance at an all-new love affair. Saturated with active glycolic, lactic, malic and tartaric acids, this wonder mask tackles all manners of skin care woes acting as an exfoliator, peel and mask. If you’re looking for a partner to start off the new year in the best way possible, baby-soft skin with unrivalled radiance is just around the corner.


So, turn down the lights, pop your phone on mute and immerse yourself in the ultimate spa-worthy self care session that makes holiday rush fatigue a thing of the past…



Anya Elliman
Writer and expert
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Anya is one of Cult Beauty’s Junior Copywriters. A huge lover of all things skin and body care, time spent intently researching product ingredients has resulted in a mass of skin care know-how (which don’t worry, she’s more than happy to share). When Anya's not treating herself to a new Maison Margiela fragrance or Aesop hand cream, you'll find her at the latest natural wine bar with friends, buying a new book (even though there is already a stack waiting), or walking through Hampstead Heath with her regular order of an almond latte.