With my Bali trip just around the corner (I'll stop mentioning it, promise), I've been taking extra care of myself these past several weeks to ensure I'm at my super best in time for take-off.
I seriously recommend the few specific things below that I've really enjoyed lately. Basics for any holiday prep in my opinion!
^ Karmameju recharge ionic body brush - I got mine through Amazon here.
The daddy of all body brushes, it's made up of fine bronze wires and horsehair bristles. The friction creates negative ions, which deliver oxygen to blood cells and aid detoxification.
I've been using it for a few weeks every night with long even strokes towards my heart, starting from my feet and working my way up. It's amazing, I've noticed a definite improvement in skin tone and texture on my legs, and I wake up in the morning with a much flatter stomach. Just make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out maximum toxins!
Read up about it on the Karmameju site, the benefits are impressive.
I first discovered this when I had a facial at Face Gym, followed by a collagen mask. I looked like shit straight after, but omg for days and WEEKS afterwards my skin has never looked better. It was plump and glowing. I definitely credit some of that to the roller.
If you're a beginner, start with very short needles. The rolling effect creates tiny holes in the skin, prompting it to "heal" itself and therefore produces collagen. It's commonly used to treat acne scars and wrinkles, but I mainly use it to prep the skin for pampering. After a shower when my pores are open, I gently roll it in one direction all over my face. Then I apply either a face mask or a night cream. It really boosts their effectiveness as the products can penetrate deeper. Try it!
^ Lindsay Calendula rubber mask - on Amazon here.
Next gen for face masks... These come in a powder form that contains alginate, so that when you add water it slowly transforms into rubber on your face! You gotta be quick though... I didn't quite master the mixing so there were lumps, I looked like elephant man.
I recommend adding the water a little at a time to get the paste as smooth as possible, then apply on cleansed skin asap. Leave for 15 mins then peel off! Extremely satisfying and my skin looked calm and bright. Since then, it's still looking really good and soaking up creams/oils a lot better.
How to video (which I viewed only afterwards) here! They also supply mini konjac sponges for each mask to help remove any leftover bits, so actually really good value for money.
The lost guides for Bali are excellent, very curated recommendations for people who don't want to spend loads but are after more luxury than #gapyear style backpacking. The book itself is beautiful too.
Any Bali tips welcome!