10 clever wellness buys to treat yourself to this Sunday evening
We all want to feel and look our best – but lord knows it can be tough to achieve at times.
Between demanding jobs and a hectic family life and never enough time to hit the gym as often as we'd like to – and as for sleep, does anyone really get their full eight hours every night?
However, gearing up for a massive lifestyle change can seem too daunting to undertake, and often sets us up for failure, I think. Which is why I love the approach of just adding a few little changes here – that actually end up having a big impact on your overall health, looks and feeling of wellness – without feeling like you have to sacrifice your lifestyle or sanity to get there.
Right now we are loving these 10 clever wellness buys, and we're pretty sure you will too:
1. Ellia Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils are having a huge moment, and if you have yet to invest in a diffuser for your oils, you are seriously missing out. Not only will diffusing different oils fill your home with gorgeous, all-natural scents, but essential oils can also have a huge impact on your health, mood and overall wellbeing.
We love this diffuser from Ellia, which is made of ceramic and wood and will look stylish no matter where you place it in your home. The color-changing option offers mood-altering light, and the diffuser will operate for several hours continuously, so you can turn it on, then sit back and relax in your now gorgeously spa-like environment.
€80, Harvey Norman
2. Glow: Your Complete Four-Week Plan for Healthy, Radiant Skin with 60 Skin-Nourishing Recipes
If you are frustrated by spending vast amounts of money on expensive skincare products that don’t deliver on their promise, the new book from Kate O’Brien’s and her easy four-week GLOW plan is a must.
We love this book for its many easy, skin-nourishing, plant-based recipes along with a targeted step-by-step skincare routine.
Discover what works for your skin, whatever your age, from face oils, scrubs and serums to moisturisers, skin acids and an optimum sleep plan that will take years off your face. Whether you have an upcoming wedding, a holiday or simply want to look and feel your best, this quick and easy plan puts you on the fast track to beautifully radiant skin.
3. Your Beauty Tonic
Now you can drink your skin more beautiful – yes, really. Your Beauty Tonic is a food supplement with natural tropical fruit flavour and natural sweetener steviol glycosideswhich is packed full of essential nutrients for skin, hair and nails.
The sachets contain 500mg of hydrolysed marine collagen (hello firmer and more glowing skin!), 200mg of hyaluronic acid and 400mg of MSM. All you need to do is just empty the sachet into 300ml of water or your favourite smoothie and stir to dissolve.
€59.99, The Health Store
4. Pukka Lean Matcha Green Tea
Try swapping your regular cuppa for the new Pukka Herbs’ New Lean Matcha Green Tea, and naturally boost your metabolism, balance your blood sugar levels and help maintain a healthier body composition.
The tea is also anti-inflammatory, reducing any irritation, heat or pain within the digestive tract.
€3.45 from selected supermarkets and health food stores nationwide
5. Lululemon 'The Reversible' Yoga Mat
Like your practice, this reversible mat is the best of both worlds to move from Hot to Hatha. Made with a polyurethane top layer that absorbs moisture to help you get a grip during sweaty practices.
6. Bioderma Photoderm M SPF 50+
Sunscreen is not just for summer. Keep your skin healthy and protected this autumn with the new Photoderm M SPF 50+. This new innovative sunscreen from Bioderma is especially perfect if you have hyperpigmentation on your skin, such as pregnancy mask, and is prescribed and recommended by dermatologists worldwide.
We also love how it comes complete with a tint, meaning you can rock that elusive no-makeup look while also protecting your skin all year long.
€16.50, from selected chemists and pharmacies nationwide
7. Bkr Glass Water Bottle (500ml)
If you are still sipping your water from a plastic bottle it is time to make a change.
Cheap, disposable plastic is not only harming our planet, but also our bodies and skin, and is known to play havoc with our endocrine system and hormones too. Instead, make sure you use a glass bottle. We love these stylish ones from Bkr – which feature silicone sleeves with a variety of colours inspired by everything from fashion and photography to contemporary culture and fine art – and have a cult celebrity following worldwide too.
8. Modern Botany Deodorant
The skin under our arms is very thin and porous, meaning what you put on it also ends up inside it. Swap your regular dedorant for this aluminum-free, all-natural anti-perspirant from Irish beauty company Modern Botany.
Their new 100 percent Natural Unisex Blend Deodorant contains witch hazel, lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus coriander, lemon tea tree, clove, cedarwood, frankincense and chamomile oils, and, most importantly, no nasties.
Modern Botany Natural Unisex Blend Deodorant will be available for pre-orders online and officially for sale on May 1st.
9. SlipSilk Pure Silk Sleep Mask
Pure silk inside and out, this eye mask has a pure silk filler, silk internal liner and silk-covered elastic band. It is also crafted under stringent regulations with certified non-toxic dyes, and will no doubt promote a luxurious, good night's sleep.
10. Wild Nutrition Food-Grown Women's Daily Multi Nutrient
Few of us manage to get all the nutritients we need through our diets, and so popping a multivitamin supplement is a good idea. We love Wild Nutrition brand for their high quality formulas, and have recently started taking their Bespoke Women Food Grown Daily Nutrients.
Formulated especially for women, the vitamins and minerals, whole–food nutrients and herbs provides support for the daily demands of life, energy, immunity, natural female hormone cycles and more.
€31.95, The Health Store