PUBLISHED JUL 31, 2019

Self-care Routine: August SmarterPack

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The Story

Last month of summer coming in hot. A little too hot. You’ve been living it up, now it’s time to start winding down.

But I don’t want summer to end… 

Then live a little slower. 83% of Skimm’rs are interested in managing personal health and wellness, and there’s no better time to do it (cough, take a Summer Friday, cough). Meet this month’s Smarter Pack. Your checklist for the unofficial season of self-care. 

For when endorphins make you happy…  

Sweat, sleep, repeat. 86% of millennial women Skimm'rs include regular exercise as a part of their wellness routine. Here are picks for a smarter sweat sesh...

Something to give your deodorant a break…

Megababe Thigh Rescue
A balm to rub you the right waynow $14, Target

theSkimm: Chafe szn in session. Megababe’s Thigh Rescue stick creates a friction-fighting barrier on your skin for instant ahh.
Why it’s smart: Non-toxic balm uses orange oil to relieve inflammation and aloe to soothe. Goes on like butter (warning: can melt like it too, so leave it at home).
Straight from the reviews: “I can work for 8 hours on my feet (I'm a waitress) and leave without an ounce of pain. No more biker shorts!”

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Something to help plan your workouts around your hair washing schedule...

Shhower cap shower cap
Shower cap, but make it fashionnow $43, Shhhowercap

theSkimm: Keeps your hair dry. And makes you feel like a movie star, dahling.
Why it’s smart: No-slip shower cap with flexible fabric that holds allll your hair in. Bye, blowout budget.
Straight from the reviews: “I've had mine for 18 months, I use it 5 times a week and I don't even need dry shampoo anymore.”

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For when you want to treat yourself but not too much...

The self-care app, Shine, says its members spend an average of $52 a month on wellness. Get picks to pamper that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet...


Something to DIY a spa day...

Gua Sha rose quartz stone
A massage for your mug now $28, Sephora

theSkimm: Your face has over 40 muscles. Make them happier with a tool that melts away tension.
Why it’s smart: Gua sha stones have roots in ancient China for their therapeutic benefits. The smooth gemstone promotes circulation, de-puffs, and looks good on your vanity. 
Straight from the reviews: “I keep it in the refrigerator and use it morning and evening to smooth on my serum or moisturizer.”

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Something for when you’re not ready for acupuncture…

Amazon acupressure ball
A spiky stress relievernow $27, Amazon

theSkimm: Looks like a torture device, feels like sweet release.
Why it’s smart: Porcupine design mimics the sensation you feel during acupuncture. Roll it between your hands or under your feet. Ooh, tingly.
Straight from the reviews: "I'm at my computer all day so in between typing I'll stop as use this ball between my palms and its really soothing."

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For when you need to pay off sleep debt...

55% of Skimm'rs say getting enough sleep is a challenge when it comes to managing their health. Sweet(er) dreams are made of these picks...


Something for when science says your bed is dirtier than a chimp’s...

Skin Laundry Silver Ion Pillow
A pillowcase that works like a dreamnow $30, Sephora

theSkimm: ICYMI, your pillowcase gathers oil, germs, and dead skin cells while you sleep. So Skin Laundry made one to give you actual beauty rest. 
Why it’s smart: Hypo-allergenic with silver ion technology. Translation: a non-irritating protective surface that reduces mold and bacteria.
Straight from the reviews: "I wish it didn’t come out so wrinkled from the wash...BUT it really does work! I save it for when I’m having skin breakouts."

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Something to stop waking up hot and bothered...

Buffy Comforter
Buffy’s breezy comforterstarts at $180, Buffy

theSkimm: Sleep is 100% rejuvenating and 200% difficult to do when you’re hot. Meet The Breeze, a cure for the common overheater.
Why it’s smart: Breathable, temperature-regulating, and made of 100% eucalyptus.
Straight from the reviews: "I have never been able to keep a comforter on me for a whole night and now I can. The weight of the blanket feels amazing as well."

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For when you want a digital get down...

Almost half of women ages 18 to 34 check their phone as soon as they wake up. Here’s how to put it down and get off the grid...


Something to make mindfulness a practice...

Five Minute Journal
A feel-good five-minute journalnow $23, Amazon

theSkimm: Nothing says self-care like self-reflection.
Why it’s smart: Daily writing prompts makes journaling easy and habit-forming. 
Straight from the reviews: "It includes an introductory section that explains the brain science behind this habit, including an exercise to make a personal commitment and think of preemptive strategies to keep you on track (plan for success!)"

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Something to wake up and smell the relaxation...

Birthdate Candles
A better birthday candlenow $38, Birthdate Candles

theSkimm: Self-care looks different to everyone(‘s zodiac sign). Maybe not. But you can look to the stars (or this candle) for a fresh routine.
Why it’s smart: Each day of the year has a specific scent based on astrology, tarot, and numerology.
Straight from the reviews: "I feel like they stared into my soul and wrote this about me..."

Psst...enter SKIMM at checkout for free shipping.

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Something to help you look up...

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger
A canoe-turned-bednow $38, Amazon

theSkimm: Patch of grass, meet inflatable lounger. Starry night sold separately. 
Why it’s smart: Packable, waterproof, and inflates in seconds. No, you don’t have to blow air into it. 
Straight from the reviews: "This lounger is so comfy and in the hot sun, the material doesn’t get hot or burn."

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Something to help you power down (then up)...

How to do nothing
An ode to doing nothingnow $15, Amazon

theSkimm: A look at how we spend our most precious resource...time.
Why it’s smart: Artist and critic Jenny Odell knows that doing nothing is hard. But she makes the case for why it can be the best form of resistance. 
Straight from the reviews: "Odell’s solution isn’t to call for a digital detox, but rather to shift and deepen our attention to where it matters most: our actual (rather than online) communities."

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.


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