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Four ways to de-stress and look refreshed

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I’ve been feeling so tired lately, and it shows. Are there any ways to help me relax and look pretty?

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I know what you’re feeling. It’s like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to erase that tired look off your face.

Well, working long, stressful hours and squeezing in so many in-between tasks throughout your day can do this to you. Multiply days like these by 365 and you’re in for a very toxic year. And no doubt, this can be very hazardous to your health.

Looking beautiful isn’t just about finding the right makeup or skincare. You could apply all the best and most innovative products you can buy and still look exhausted. Ample rest is needed and regular “me time” is a must, which means you need to allot at least an hour a day to relax and de-stress.

Luckily, there are plenty you can do to guarantee a fresh looking, more youthful you. Below is a list of the best things to do on your “me time.”

Treat yourself to a massage. The age-old Japanese Hot Stone Massage is one of the most soothing and effective massages around, as it rapidly stimulates the nervous system and increases blood and lymph circulation. This process helps restore damaged cells and improves one’s overall appearance.

Heated stones are applied on the body’s different pressure points and their smooth rounded surfaces are used to knead out cold spots and relax tired muscles. This massage evolved from ancient hot spring traditions known for their healing properties. It takes 90 minutes long and is available at Neo Day Spa for P1,750 (G/F, Net One Center, 26th St. corner 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig).

Get a nourishing blowout. Sometimes all you need is a hair treatment to revitalize your hair, and a blow-dry to give it bounce and shine.

Mythic Oil Blow Dry is a combination of both, as it uses L’Oreal Professionnel’s Mythic Nourishing Oil to coat each hair strand and locks in the moisture with a blowout.

Now, before you start to imagine an oily head of hair being given a blow-dry, know that the Mythic Oil isn’t your ordinary oil. It is a lightweight formula enriched with avocado and grape-seed oil that works as a pre-blowdry treatment. Freshaire Salon Mythic Oil Blowdry starts at P130, available at all salons nationwide.

JERICHO energizing salt scrub

Tame your hair with a keratin treatment. Frizz and unruly hair can seriously add to your everyday stress. Being able to manage your mane without having to spend a lot of time styling it can save you a lot of time to do other things.

Keratin treatment works by depositing much-needed keratin back into your hair. The protein is the same one found in our hair, skin and nails to give them luster and shine.

Azta Urban Salon uses the hair-care brand Cynos for its keratin treatment, which promises to reduce volume, eliminate frizz and keep hair straight and shiny for a good four months. It is known for its fruity grape scent, which sets it apart from other strong-smelling formulations.

But what’s essential when getting this kind of treatment is that you need to use a keratin shampoo and conditioner in order to maintain the hair texture. Azta Urban Salon Keratin Treatment, price dependent on hair length and volume, available at all salons in Metro Manila (www.facebook.com/aztaurbansalon).

Start an at-home spa. If you don’t have the time to go to a spa or salon, bring the spa to your home. Using products like bath salts, mudpacks and body scrubs can effectively relax and restore tired muscles and give skin a healthy glow.

Jericho Cosmetics offers a unique range of at-home spa products you can use in your bath. Try Jericho Luxury Bath Salts for relieving muscle tension and softening skin; Relaxing Mud Wrap with Aromatic Oil to provide deep cleansing; and Energizing Salt Scrub with Aromatic Oil to exfoliate skin but keep it moisturized.

Jericho Cosmetics are found in kiosks in SM Megamall, Mall of Asia, Eastwood Mall, Alabang Town Center, Marquee Mall, SM Pampanga and SM North Edsa.

Got a beauty question? E-mail the author at ask.kellymisa@gmail.com.


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