Monday, January 20, 2020


Self-Care Guru: A Gift Guide


2018 / 11 / 21

For some, Christmas is often synonymous with chaos. With an ever-growing to-do list, Christmas parties and family events, it can feel like all the magic can get missed. Before we know it, we’re leaving the mall on boxing day wondering where the season went.

Don’t let it all rush by. More than ever, it’s important to take a breather. Slow down, take time of ourselves, and help others to do the same. You’ve found the perfect gifts for everyone else — why not pick up a little something for yourself? Take time to make a list of ways you can love yourself this season: drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, put on your favourite album and dance like no one’s watching. Whatever happens, know that you are worth the extra attention.

Whether you’ve perfected the art of self-care or desperately need to, we could all use a reminder to stop. Breathe. Run a bath. Take an extra 5 minutes for a face mask at the end of the day. Take a walk along the river and breathe deeply some crisp winter air.


Being “extra” in your skincare routine is everything right now. Healthy skin is in so give the gift of self-love this season. 

Face rollers are all the rage right now. A traditional Korean tool used for lifting, smoothing, and draining toxins in the skin, rollers are an essential part of any self-care routine. Consider this wooden handle face massager (1. The Body Shop, $10) and this Oils of Life twin-ball massager (2. The Body Shop, $30) for your girl who’s always looking to try new beauty tools.

Creams that promise to revive and revitalize are the ones worth seeking. The Oils of Life (3. The Body Shop) range are luxurious moisturizers getting some rave reviews. We love the Revitalizing Cream ($34) and the Revitalizing Oil ($58) for ultimate winter hydration. Or hit her up with the classics: this tea tree set (4. The Body Shop, $29) is great for any skin type. Winter skin getting her down? Throw this honey face mask (6. $28) into the mix with this handy lip scrub (5. $14) which combines exfoliation + moisturizing for mistletoe ready lips. Oh, and don’t forget hands! This vanilla marshmallow hand cream (7. $10) with keychain case is a must have: because everyone wants to smell like a Christmas angel, right?

PS Who said self-care is just for the queens in your life? Beards need love, too! This compact beard kit (8. The Body Shop, $25) includes a small comb, beard oil and a pair of clippers (with his new soft and well-groomed beard, you’ll be thanking us).

Flu season? Ain’t nobody got time for that. With in-laws visiting and a plethora of guests, give your body a boost with these remedies from Sangster's. They also make for great stocking stuffers for that person who always seems to get sick this time of year.

Some turmeric honey (9. Sangsters, $16.99) is the perfect gift for the avid tea drinker. Throw in a few tinctures like this Cold Storm (10. cherry flavoured garlic extract, $44.09) or a super herbal bottle of Echinacea (11. $20.49) for an added boost.

Turn up the heat and soak in some fizzy natural bath bombs (12. Sangsters, $3.69) to cure the season’s ailments. Nothing says self-care better than a hot bath after a run to the mall in -30C.

For extra care for all your bits and pieces: Vitamin C + Sea buckthorn lotion (13. Sangsters, $18.99) smells as good as it feels. Try Jason's Age Renewal cream (15. $11.99) for sensitive skin and some natural lip balms for deep moisture (14. Organic lip care, $4.29/tinted lip balm, $7.79).

Everything you need for a well-loved life.