August 15 marks National Relaxation Day, making it the perfect time to take a break from life’s stressful moments. Different people handle stress in different ways, so take time to find your own way to relax and reset your mind. Whether you’re planning to head to a yoga class or apply a face mask and watch your favorite show, do it in the greenest way possible. We found six eco-friendly products to help you unwind just in time for National Relaxation Day.
Refresh and renew your skin with Arbonne’s $50 mud mask. All you have to do is apply the mask to your face for 10 to 15 minutes. If you’d like to use the mask on other parts of the body, such as your arms or legs, the company site suggests leaving the product on for an additional 10 to 20 minutes for best results. The product is made with earth-friendly ingredients including kelp, aloe and peppermint that help hydrate and smooth skin’s surface.
Relaxing is all about re-energizing and listening to your body’s needs. Burt’s Bees bath and body oil is one green solution to bringing tired skin back to life. For $8, you’ll receive a 4 fl. oz. bottle that contains a natural antioxidant – vitamin E – in addition to lemon oil and rosemary. Also, you can apply the product in different ways: sprinkle a few drops into a hot bath or spread a small amount on your skin after a shower. It’s time to feel fresh and give your skin the nourishment it needs!
Yogis of all ages and experience levels will appreciate the eco-friendly qualities of Jade Yoga’s travel yoga mat. The $59.95 mat is 64 inches long and comes in colors such as midnight blue, teal, black and olive green. It does not contain synthetic materials – such as PVC – and is primarily made from rubber tree materials, according to its site. Also, the mat has enough grip to help you conquer more difficult yoga poses. For every yoga mat sold, Jade Yoga plants a tree in its honor.
Stay dry and focused in Pilates class with the help of the Kulae hand towel. The company’s site explains that the product’s microfiber material is extra absorbent if you plan to work up a sweat. The $14 towel doesn’t include artificial materials such as latex and silicone. Pilates exercises and movements require complete relaxation, targeting your core and testing you balance. After an intense workout with the Kulae hand towel, feel accomplished knowing you’re doing right by your body and the environment.
Sometimes, a warm bath is necessary after a long workout or tough work week. Why not toss in a Lush bath bomb too? The company offers different bath bombs that dissolve in the bath and vary in scent, color and shape. The Guardian of the Forest bath bomb is $7.50 and boasts ingredients such as cypress oil, rosewood oil and lime oil. Also, the product is vegan, cruelty-free and handmade.
A foam rolling session is arguably the next best thing to a massage. It’s a great way to stretch, treat muscle injuries and relieve tension. The body roller from Manduka is $32 and is made from more than 50 percent recycled materials, according to its site. Also, you have the option to choose from two different colors: thunder grey and insight blue. Give your fatigued muscles the relaxation treatment they deserve.