Firstly, you don’t have to be disabled or long-term sick to enjoy these products, it’s all inclusive here. I definitely have a little ’emergency-kit’ of seemingly frivolous products that can help ease, in my case, chronic pain, reduced mobility, and all that goes with it such as fatigue.
FACE MASK- These are simple and easy ways to give myself a little bit of a pamper. I’m currently using REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask and REN One Minute Facial (full review of these coming soon) . The one minute one is perfect for a quick pick me up, especially in the morning while the Glycolactic is perfect for a longer treat, still only ten minutes though. I also like My 7th Heaven previously Montagne Jeunesse) especially Hot Spring Sauna, this is a great budget mask with excellent results and it feels lovely and relaxing due to it heating up.
BATH PRODUCT- I love baths, they’re vital in helping ease pain and relaxation. I understand though that many have problems getting into baths but if you can I really recommend a good bath product that will help ease muscular pain and/or joint stiffness. Regardless of the disability, if it affects mobility you most probably have aching and painful joints too. I really love bath salts, I use a variety and I always find that they help easy aches and help relaxation. I’m also a big fan of Lush’s bath bombs.
FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER- Ah the perfect base to help hide a multitude of ailments. This is entirely personal but I do like the fact that I can wear foundation and concealer to make ME feel better. I don’t always want to see the toll my disability has on my skin when looking in the mirror. My current favourites are Estee Lauder’s Double Wear and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.
COMPLEXION BRIGHTENER- A good highlighter can really make a difference. One of my favourites is Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility, it feels and looks beautiful on the skin. A budget highlighter I currently love is Botanics Radiance Balm, an excellent dupe of MAC’s Strobe. (Review coming soon)
RED LIPSTICK- Definitely one of my favourite beauty product for a variety of reasons. It’s a strong look but also, more crucially, it can really brighten up the complexion when you’re feeling ill/fatigued/run down. I have lots of favourites, too many to mention!
FACE OIL- A face oil suits almost all skin types and the rather lovely Trilogy Rosehip Oil is suitable for even the most sensitive. There’s just something very luxurious and relaxing about applying an oil to your face in the evening. Trilogy’s offering gives moisture while tackling wrinkles and caring for your skin. It absorbs quickly and leaves no oily residue.
NAIL POLISH- I go through phases of wearing nail polish, when I do choose to wear it I find the application can be meditative and therapeutic. I haven’t worn nail polish on my toe nails for ages but since it’s sandal season I decided to put red on both my finger and toe nails. Afterwards I felt all fancy. This may seem like such a small thing but it’s small things like this that can really have a positive effect on your mood. It all matters. Then there’s the actual application. Doing my toes is really quite hard, the damage to my spine means bending isn’t easy and it’s also painful. So actually being able to apply the nail polish is quite an achievement in itself.
Do you have any beauty products that you turn to in tough times?