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The Best Self-Care for Hosts

by Abbie Kozolchyk

Whether you’re prepping for guests or kicking back after the last of the lingerers leave, these self-care stars have you covered (from head to toe, if you decide to go all in). Here, 10 of our favorite finds for revving up, winding down and celebrating a hosting job well done.

Odacité Bioactive Rose Gommage

To look and feel energized no matter how sleep-deprived you may be by the time guests arrive, apply a cooling, faintly tingling layer of this Pineapple + Hyaluronic Acid Resurfacing Enzyme Masque, then roll or rinse off the almost-dry film to reveal the fresh skin beneath.

Sangre de Fruta Botanical It Takes Two Hand Care Set

Endless handwashing is a given during holiday feast prep, so a skin-friendly lather is important, as are frequent follow-up doses of lotion. Sangre de Fruta’s Botanical Hand Wash and Botanical Hand & Body Lotion, both fortified with sweet almond oil (for starters), are just the duo for the job, though each is also sold individually.

Ora’s Amazing Herbal All Purpose Salve

Though a proper cleanser and lotion can help stave off dryness, party prep can also subject your hands to the occasional nick, scrape or minor burn—in which case, this wonder salve is a host’s best friend.

Everist Waterless Shampoo Concentrate and Deep Conditioning Concentrate

It’s a simple but oh-so-satisfying pleasure: washing the day’s cooking and cleaning out of your hair—especially when the shampoo and conditioner in question pack uplifting essential oils that will deliver a pre-party energy boost. Think orange peel oil, rosemary leaf oil, peppermint oil and bergamot oil, among others. And while the original Waterless Conditioning Concentrate is still available, we like this new extra-hydrating version to combat winter dryness.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

If your body requires a pre-party wakeup, too, there’s no better version than this Sumatra coffee-spiked scrub. The scent alone—said to evoke an espresso brownie—is deliciously stimulating, but so is the sloughing you get from the blend of arabica beans and rice powder.

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

A quick and easy way to combat the parching effects of indoor heating, this hyaluronic acid- and antioxidant-packed blend is also an excellent complexion refresher.

ESPA Pulse Point Oils

Whatever your energy levels are—and however you’d like to adjust them before or after your soiree—there’s an aromatherapeutic pulse point blend for that, from Energizing (mint, citrus, rosemary) to Soothing (sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh).

Shikohin Onsen Bath Tablets

Because flying to Japan for a soak in an actual onsen may not be an immediate post-party option, these muscle and stress relievers are the next best thing. Infused with minerals and CBD and scented with the faintest of earthy notes, they turn your tub into a true retreat.

LATHER Lavender & Eucalyptus Foot Care Kit

Consider this trio a therapeutic thank-you to your feet, which have no doubt worked overtime on your (and your guests’) behalf. Part one is the Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice, followed by the Lavender & Eucalyptus Foot Crème and, last, the soft slipper socks.

Eminence Recovery Oil

To help your skin bounce back from the revelry, apply a few drops of this rejuvenating blend of clary sage, ylang-ylang and sage leaf extract. Breathe in the calming scent and convince yourself—if you haven’t already—that the last of the party cleanup can wait ‘till the morning.

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