8 Self-Care Products to See You Through the Third Wave

We need them now more than ever.

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It’s official: Hong Kong is in the midst of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with local infections hitting daily highs and the government enforcing stringent prevention measures. Gyms, spas and nail salons remain closed and face masks are now mandatory in all indoor public places. Which means we need self-care now more than ever. Read on for eight products that can help ease anxiety, release tension, protect you from bacteria and bad energy, and just make you look and feel better.

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Felix & Company Organic CBD Oil with Botanicals

If you haven’t already dabbled in CBD, whether adding it to your coffee or slathering it on sore muscles, now may just be the perfect time to start. And Hong Kong-based startup Felix & Company makes it easy through its informative website and newly opened concept store Found. The most direct and popular format is the tincture, which Felix & Company sells in strengths of 300mg, 1200mg and 1800mg (from HK$380). Put a drop under your tongue, then sit back and enjoy the therapeutic benefits. Available at felixandco.com and Found, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan

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Nature of Things Restorative Floral Bath

If you’re not ready to ingest CBD just yet, or you want to continue your CBD journey, there are now countless brands offering bath and beauty products with the buzzworthy botanical. Among three such brands available for a limited time at Joyce Beauty is natureofthings, whose philosophy is that taking care of oneself is a daily practice. We recommend the Restorative Floral Bath, an aromatic immersion made with cannabidiol, green tea oil and other natural ingredients to detox, hydrate, ease muscle tension and boost oxytocin.

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ReFa Fine Bubble

In an era when personal hygiene is of the utmost importance, many of us are showering multiple times a day in the hopes of washing away any potential infection. So why not make the most of that time? This new showerhead (HK$1,550) features Japanese fine bubble technology to gently but effectively remove dirt and grime from the pores of your skin and scalp (by producing bubbles that are smaller than the pores). You can even use it in the bath to create a silky-soft and uniquely cleansing bubble bath. The Fine Bubble also reduces water usage by up to 40%.

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TriPollar STOP X

Just because we can’t go to the spa right now doesn’t mean we have to give up professional-level treatments. Newly launched on Net-A-Porter is this innovative radio-frequency device (HK$3,770) that safely and painlessly encourages collagen and elastin production. It’s the first device by the brand to incorporate Multi-RF technology (previously only available in professional devices) to treat multiple layers of the dermis. And it promises results from the first treatment.

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Hayo’u Body Restorer

Designed to release tension and reduce inflammation (something we can all use right now), this stainless steel gua sha tool (HK$355) is the perfect stand-in while massage parlours are closed. It can be used with water or oil to treat a range of conditions including muscle pain, poor circulation and migraines. Visit hayoumethod.com for advice on how best to use the Body Restorer on the chest, neck and back, and read more about the brand and its founder here.

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Subtle Energies Aura Protection Body Mist

Whether working from home or commuting to an office, we can all use a little extra protection these days. This unique mist contains a blend of grounding and protective oils such as narangi, patchouli and limbu that are designed to provide focus, eliminate negativity and enhance decision making. It can be sprayed on or around the body, or in all corners of the room. The alcohol-free formula is also hydrating for the skin.

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LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

If your (surgical) face mask is causing your skin to cry out for some self-care, it’s time to turn to our favourite kind of face mask. This calming and moisturising treatment is made with fresh blueberries, calamine, chamomile, rose and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. The vitamin-, mineral- and antioxidant-rich blueberries also help to protect from environmental damage while Irish moss gel (a type of seaweed) softens and gently cleanses.

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BioEm Air Sanitizing & Purifying Liquid

Hailing itself as “Hong Kong’s first sanitising lifestyle store”, Cleanfreak.STORE offers a contactless temperature check and automatic full-body disinfection as well as an antimicrobial hand coating that lasts up to 24 hours. And whether you’re about to board a plane or enter any public place for that matter, it’s worthwhile picking up this handy 20ml sanitising spray (HK$88). Its blend of natural botanical extracts can kill bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces such as tables, toilet seats and hotel towels. Available until September 2, 2020 at Cleanfreak.STORE, Unit 7T042, Departure Hall, Level 7, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport

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