What’s Your Beauty Ritual?

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Take care of yourself this school year with Rituals brand skincare products

A packed semester syllabus, essays, minimal sleep and settling back into school is what September is all about for college students. But it is also imperative to take care of yourself, not just your schoolwork. Whether you dorm miles away from home or commute to classes every day, back to school beauty is essential for students. The fall season sees cooler weather and sometimes, bouts of dry or irritated skin as the sunkissed glow of summer fades away.

This autumn, refresh your beauty regimen with nourishing body and bath products from Rituals to inspire ‘slow down’ moments, turning everyday routines into meaningful rituals.
“Inspired by ancient Eastern traditions, Rituals transforms everyday routines into moments of indulgence their luxurious products for body and home,” said a representative for the brand.

The beauty and skincare brand’s mission is to unveil and treasure the little moments in life as “rituals are everywhere: at any given moment, of every single day, waiting to be discovered,” and that everyone is entitled to feeling something special in a moment created just for them. Whether it is taking a luxurious bath, tending to your facial needs or creating a relaxing, homey atmosphere with the rich smell of Asian incense, Rituals “allows you to find happiness in the smallest of things.”

Although I have graduated, my job keeps me just as busy as any college class, so trying Rituals was a no-brainer. Check out our list of products to try this season. You deserve it.

The Ritual of Banyu Purifying Sea Salt Scrub ($33)

This limited edition sea salt scrub, The Ritual of Banyu, honors water as the source of all energy, evoking purity and clarity. It gently removes dead skin cells to make room for revitalized new skin. I use this scrub in the shower on rough spots (elbows, kneecaps, feet) and come out with velvet skin. If I feel my face calls for it, I will use a minimal amount of the scrub on my face, let it sit for two minutes as the minty scent tingles throughout and rinse off feeling refreshed.

Jump Into the Sea Body Cream ($29)

Inspired by an ancient Balinese ceremony, this limited edition body cream containing Balinese Sea Salt and Giant Kelp will help revitalize summer skin, allowing you to hang onto that soft glow for a little while longer. Even the smallest dab of cream makes my hands feel like silk and for someone who types at a computer all day, that is a welcome feel.

The Ritual of Dao Relaxing Serum ($18)

For days that are jam packed with classes, activities and meetings, The Ritual of Dao Relaxing Serum is must-have to keep in your bag for easy, on-the-go moisturization that relaxes. Inspired by the ancient Chinese philosophy centered on achieving balance between Yin and Yang, the Dao Relaxing Serum is a light cream that cools and relaxes the skin with Chinese mint and Yi Yi Ren. I believe it is chemically impossible for me to relax, but the soothing scent and ease of the almost rollerball tube of this serum forces me to stop and let all of that cool moisturizer seep into my head, neck and shoulder areas. If you’re back in your dorm or collapsed on your bed at home amidst a mound of school work, trade your pen and paper for a pillow and some serum enjoy a relaxing few minutes to yourself.

The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel ($15)

The Ritual of Sakura collection celebrates new beginnings, inspired by the blooming of the cherry blossoms in Japan. Feel anew with The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel, a luxurious gel-to-foam formula that lasts up to 50 showers. A sweet cherry blossom scent invigorates the senses while the organic rice milk keeps skin silky smooth and soft. It is also a great multitasker for shower shaving, which we all forget about when life is just too busy for other things.

Ayurveda Dry Oils ($29)

Maintain your mind/body balance throughout the year with nourishing dry oils from The Ritual of Ayurveda collection. Inspired by the ancient wisdom from India, balance your doshas (energies) with the art of Abhyanga (self-massage), with the dry oils. The 100 percent natural dry oils nourish the skin and hair and are specially designed to balance your dosha type—Vata, Pitta or Kapha. Discover your Ayurveda constitution with the Rituals Dosha test. Take ten minutes out of your day and have a date with your dry oil. Your newly relaxed body will thank you.

We all need to relax and take time for ourselves, so this semester make it a point to find your own ritual.

To buy these products or to learn more about Rituals, visit Rituals in Roosevelt Field Mall or www.rituals.com. Follow @ritualsusa for everyday “slow down” inspiration.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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