Treat yourself. We already did
Since the pandemic, we’ve all been feeling on edge. With many schools closed, social gatherings postponed and remote work now seeming indefinite, we’re in desperate need of some self-care. Team KCM has put together a list of our favorite self-care picks we bought this year. From face rollers and exfoliants to adult coloring books and journals, this list will help make these cold winter months a little more bearable. Need a pair of slippers and PJs to go with your face mask? We put together a list of our favorite pajamas and slippers to keep you cozy, too
#1 Esarora Face Ice Roller
Julia, who runs the @katiecouricmedia Instagram, finally caved and bought a face ice roller. By essentially ‘icing your face,’ an ice roller can help reduce puffiness while soothing your skin. This set comes with a plastic and stainless steel roller. Julia has been using the stainless steel roller each morning but says both are great. Speaking of face rollers, Clare, who works on our Audience team, recently tried this rose quartz face roller and loved it.
#2 Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator
Flo, who works with our brands, started using Nécessaire’s body exfoliator. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and has become her go-to product for dry skin as temperatures start to drop. The Body Exfoliator is made with a gentle AHA/BHA trio of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, which help remove skin cells. If you haven’t heard of Nécessaire, check out their products here. This brand is sustainable, clean, and their products are made with high-quality ingredients your body can actually use.
#3 m-61 Power Cleanse
Eliza, who helps run katiecouric.com, recommends this m-61 Power Cleanse cleanser. “I recently upgraded my daily cleanser from my typical $5.99 drugstore face wash. And it was so worth it!” This cleanser is made with glycolic, vitamin B5 and tea tree extract. What does that mean exactly? The glycolic acid deeply cleans your pores while the tea tree helps calm and vitamin B5 replenishes the moisture. Once you’re hooked on that, splurge on m-61’s moisturizer.
#4 Bathtub Caddy Tray
Calling all exhausted parents: You deserve some TLC. Treat yourself to this bathtub caddy tray. It’s made from high-quality bamboo wood, and it’s extendable sides were designed to fit most bathtubs out there. One Amazon reviewer says her baths are now “a true spa time.” All you need are some OUAI Chill Pill jasmine-scented bath bombs, and you’ll be good to go.
#5 Papier Personal Journal
One of Amanda’s New Year’s resolutions is to journal more. Research shows that writing in a journal for just a few minutes each day can help reduce anxiety, ease depression, work through trauma and help set goals. Try out this personalized journal from Papier. It comes in eight colors and can be customized to your liking. Choose from hardback or softback and lined, dotted or plain paper on the inside. This journal will be made for you.
#6 Tocca Hand Cream
Say goodbye to dry hands with this Tocca hand cream. Stacey, who works on our Audience team, recently discovered Tocca at Anthropologie, and it’s hands down the best. No pun intended. “I gave it to my friend over the holidays, and now she’s hooked,” Stacey said. If your hands are all set, try one of their candles. The Florence scent is our favorite.
#7 The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
At KCM, we love a good face mask. This one from The Ordinary leaves your skin feeling refreshed and clean. The charcoal and clay help cleanse the skin and remove facial impurities that otherwise clog your pores. You also can’t beat the price. Wake-Up Call writer Amanda got this New York Biology Dead Sea Face Mask for Christmas. “It’s like magic,” she says.
#8 Drybar Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush
This is not your average blow-dryer. Trust us. Marie Claire rated it one of the best hair-dryer brushes out there. It’s easy to use and perfect for anyone who can’t quite figure the hair-dryer to barrel brush technique. For a more affordable option, try this one by Revlon. You’ll have a salon-quality blow-out in no time.
#9 Adult Coloring Book
Yes, you read that right. Our video editor Tiara recently bought a Harry Potter coloring book for a friend. This Secret Garden edition is the book that started the adult coloring book phenomenon. Since it’s debut, it’s sold more than 11 million copies. The coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen and ink illustrations — all waiting to be filled with color. It’s perfect for those cold winter days when you just can’t get off the sofa. Pair it with these colored pencils, and you’ll be good to go.
#10 Baby Foot
Behold — the Baby Foot exfoliator that has been featured in our Slack channel one too many times. This lavender-scented foot peel can cure your cracked, dry feet just in time for flip flop season. Tiara, our video editor, swears by it: “After a dry cold winter of boot-wearing my feet are absolutely destroyed and cracked. I would not want ANYONE to see them bare. So before summer every year I use Baby Foot. It peels every callus away to reveal the softest feet.” One thing to note: “Be wary,” Tiara says. “It’s three weeks of sheets of skin falling off, as satisfyingly gross as that it is, don’t do it at the peak of summer.”
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