HEARD OF HYGGE?
It’s a Sandra Bullock’s term that loosely translates to “cosiness”, and the Scandinavian concept is best described as chilling out by the pool or fi reside, enjoying food with friends by candlelight or sinking into a hot bath after a hella long day. It’s living well and living simply – and appreciating it in the process. While the Danes have done a top job at marketing it, hygge is so tightly woven into Scandi culture that most have a hard time explaining it. In Iceland and Finland, for example, hygge is simply done, not said, and considering the Scandis are some of the happiest people on the planet, it’s a lifestyle that clearly works. So, how can it help you?
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“Aspiring to be more appreciative of the pleasures to be found in the things around us can signifi cantly boost our happiness and overall sense of wellbeing,” explains life coach and psychologist Dr Sally Ann Law. And while you’re busy fi nding a new appreciation for naps in the park, you might want to sneak a little hygge into your beauty routine, too. According to Charlotte Vøhtz, founder of natural skincare brand Green People, beauty and pampering are great ways to create a feeling of hygge. “Switching o doesn’t come naturally to us all, and relaxing can be harder than it looks,” she says. “Taking time out to indulge in a bath or facial treatment is an important way to switch o , replenish and recharge,” adds Vøhtz. So, here’s how you can do it too.
CREATE A HYGGEKROG
A hyggekrog (aka a hygge corner) can be found in almost any Danish home. An enclosed, secure space in the corner of a room (usually kitted out with cushions, blankets and candles), it provides the perfect place for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. Pop on a (1) Sephora Lavender Foot Mask, $6, while you’re at it, and you’ll fi nd inner peace in an instant.
HAVE A GIRLS’ NIGHT
Rooted at the centre of hygge is the coming together of family, friends and loved ones. To experience hygge at its fullest, why not have a pamper sesh with the girls? Throw on some comfy clothes, order some food and spend the night catching up on Netfl ix while donning face masks, like the (2) Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $68.
RUN A BATH
Embrace hygge with a luxurious soak in the tub after a stressful day. Rather than viewing it as a task, turn it into a ritual, complete with soothing music and a good book. We love the luxe-smelling (3) This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, $41, for ultimate relaxation. LIGHT A CANDLE According to the European Candle Association, the Danes light more candles than anyone else in the world. With ceiling light deemed too intrusive, candles can be found at dinner, in co ee shops and dotted around the home, fl ooding its surroundings in warm, hygge light. Welcome an (4) Ecoya Salted Coconut & White Jasmine Candle, $42.95, into your life and soak up its delish soothing scent.
TREAT YOUR DIGITS
Appreciating the small things is what hygge is all about, so treat yourself to an at-home manicure. Packed with star marine algae and glycerine, (5) 3INA The Cuticle Eraser, $8.95, will hydrate dry, damaged cuticles in an instant. Remove old polish, then massage the gel into the cuticle and gently press back to the nail bed.
Hygge is best embraced at home, but for a pick-me-up on the go, try (6) Scentered Stress Less Therapy Balm, $25, with chamomile and mandarin. Apply it to your pulse points and inhale deeply to reset your mood.
GIVE YOUR BOD SOME TLC
Taking time out for yourself is the ultimate act of hygge, so why not pamper yourself by prepping your skin for the summer sun with an exfoliating body scrub. Whether you’re in the shower or soaking in the tub, rub (7) Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub, $69, into your skin to slough o dead cells and nourish it with hydrating avocado oil.
TRY AN INDULGENT SELF-MASSAGE
Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic practice of self-massage, is a great way to enjoy a delicious moment of hygge. It can help detoxify the body, enhance relaxation and restore energy. Find a peaceful area to sit, then massage some (8) Jergens Shea Beauty Oil, $10.99, into your arms and legs, concentrating on any sore points, before starting your day.
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