By now we’ve all pretty much accepted that our chances of a 2020 summer vacation are slim to none. The pandemic has profoundly changed life as we know it, and that includes travel. And once the industry (eventually) resumes business, the experience is likely to be quite different to what we were used to in a pre-COVID-19 world. If you were an anxious traveller before (hi!) then get ready for more of the same, including longer waiting times and increasing levels of stress. It’ll be a long haul (no pun intended).
Just because your plans are on hold until 2021 and we’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future doesn’t mean you can’t use a little imagination and envision laying on a Caribbean beach whilst being in your own backyard/shower/bedroom. The right products can (somewhat) mentally transport us, so scroll down for some treats that’ll take you away, sans airfare!
First of all, your hands are probably dry AF from all that constant sanitizing and scrubbing over the past few months. Treat them to something intensive and tropical like Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream. Nothing emulates an exotic beach holiday more than this range. Think toasted coconut and salted caramel and a dose of extreme moisture which lasts for hours. It also absorbs like a dream thanks to hero ingredients like Cupuaçu Butter and açai oil.
Whether you were dreaming of a crisp Mediterranean vineyard or a moonlight beach walk, the right fragrance can help evoke the mood and serve as a quick escape. CLEAN RESERVE’s extensive range of classic, gender-neutral fragrances are intended to be layered, so you can mix and match to your heart’s desire/dream trip vibe. Bonus points for the brand’s sustainably sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging.
Is there anything more apt than Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess range? There’s a reason why it’s one of the most sought after seasonal launches every year. The ever-growing range includes whipped body cream, various different formations of bronzer, and a renowned fragrance. I’d opt for their Shimmering Oil Spray For Hair & Body because we all love a good multitasker. And who cares if your moisturised, sun-sparkled legs are for you alone on your third hour of Netflix of the day. No judgement here.
Hands up if you’re feeling lethargic looking at the same four walls! Whilst Rituals’ Happy Buddha Candle won’t be able to change your scenery, it might just help to help to transport your mind away from remote desktops and zoom meetings. The energising combination of sweet orange and cedar wood will help boost energy levels and release you from your inner rut.
A hardworking, nourishing body exfoliant is for all seasons, but a necessary addition to this roundup would have to be Soap And Glory’s Cooling Body Scrub. The bright pink formula filled with jojoba beads will slough away your dead skin cells and leave you smelling as refreshing as a citrus-based cocktail. Perfection.