A luxe lowdown for all things tech and grooming.
By RIAAN JACOB GEORGE
HEALTH ON TRACK
We bring you the latest gadgets and technology to keep you in good health.
The innovative Hyperice Hypervolt Go uses percussion therapy to help relax the muscles after an intense workout. Resembling a drill, this portable, post-workout electric massager stimulates the muscle fibres, which leads to increased blood flow in the massaged area, reduced soreness and stiffness, and improved muscle recovery. The lightweight machine is compact and easy to carry and can be taken with you even when travelling. The massager comes with three-speed settings, a rechargeable battery, and two interchangeable
The ultra-durable Apple Watch Series 7 is here to help you keep track of all things related to your fitness. Its features include an ECG and blood-oxygen levels tracker, high and low heart rate notifications, fall detection, and even noise alerts. The Sleep app not only helps you schedule a bedtime routine, but also tracks your respiratory rate while sleeping. Runners and swimmers can monitor their performance with the watch’s wide selection of pace, cadence, and pool workout options. Our favourite is the new Reflect element, which blends holistic wellness into your life, making you focus on something calming, to centre and connect with yourself. And the cherry on top? The extra large display makes everything super easy to use and read.
The Dyson Purifier Hot + Cool analyses your current air quality and captures 99.95 per cent of toxic particles. It uses activated carbon to absorb odours and harmful gas, and employs HEPA filtration to collect particles as small as 0.1 microns. And to prevent these particles from leaking back into the air, the entire purifier, as well as its filter, is completely sealed. You can use the Dyson Link App to monitor your air-purification quality. This intelligent machine also keeps you warm during winter with its heating system.
Pure water has the power to heal. And the Maeka Fontaine Melodia water curator from Auroville offers the cleanest form of this life-saving beverage. Essentially, the purifier restores the water’s lost vitality through electromagnetic waves, and uses sunlight and sound to increase the water’s vibrations. The sound of music taps into the emotional properties of water, while light and sound frequencies carry infrared beams that improve the water quality in the filtration process. Any present toxins are removed, and the trace elements of silver and copper in the purified water help rejuvenate our body’s cells and strengthen immunity over time.
7 SELF-CARE ESSENTIALS
We scoured luxury markets for the best wellness must-haves to help you unwind and get your zen on.
Ananda in the Himalaya’s Neti Pot is a must-have addition to your wellness rituals. The Jal Neti Pot is an Ayurvedic practice that maintains nasal hygiene by removing bacteria and mucus from the nose with the help of water. It clears colds, allergies, and sinusitis to improve your breathing. For every half litre of water you add to your Ananda Neti pot, add a teaspoon of salt and place the nozzle in your nostril to allow the water to enter from one side and exit from the other nostril.
CUP OF CALM
Home-grown tea brand Tea Trunk offers a variety of aromatic teas and floral infusions in different flavours and aromas. Try the hibiscus petals, a sweet and tangy flavoured tea, which is a great source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, and aids digestion. Or the blue-pea flowers tea, which has a positive effect on the nervous system and works wonders for your memory and mental health. The lavender tea has a relaxing aroma, and stimulates your metabolic function, as well.
The Artment Aromatherapy Waterfall Incense Burner is a uniquely fragrant way to add wellness to your home. The apparatus uses surrealism to unleash the creativity of your subconscious mind. This allows you to enjoy the illusion of a running waterfall with cascading incense smoke that fills your room with a soothing aroma. You can use up to five incense sticks in this durable 3D waterfall, which comprises a heat-resistant material that stops the showpiece from burning. The burner also works as an insect repellent and safely induces sleep by calming the mind.
Looking for a good night’s sleep? Then be sure to add this to your night-time ritual. Spa Ceylon’s Sleep Calming Balm relaxes the body and mind, and lulls it into a restful, tranquil state. Just take a small amount of the balm and apply it to your temples, behind your ears and on your neck, to unwind after a stressful day. The citrus and lavender aromas are sure to induce a night of peaceful slumber, while the virgin coconut oil will relax your senses.
A much-needed wellness essential, Inja Life Collagen is a Japanese creation that works wonders for the skin and is extremely beneficial to your health. Packed with Vitamin C, hyaluronic and citric acids, plus green tea, cranberry, and grape seed extracts, the collagen helps improve your skin, hair, nails, joints and even the gut. It also reduces hair fall and hair thinning, wrinkles, brittleness of the nails, joint pains and digestive problems. An all-round health solution, the Inja Life Collagen comes in 30 sachets of five grams each that are odourless and dissolve easily. You can pair it with whey protein, smoothies or your coffee for that added boost.
BATH AND MASSAGE RITUALS
Deeply nourishing and moisturising, the Shankara Calming Body Oil is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that pamper the skin. Its essential oils are sure to help you unwind and relax after a long journey. All you need to do is heat the oil and massage it into your skin for almost instant stress relief. Or you can add it to your bath water and soak in the nutrients. The product comes with a pump so you can easily use the oil minus the mess.
AROMATHERAPY AT HOME
We simply love the Forest Essentials Sita Incense Sticks. These natural incense sticks are made of sandalwood paste, flower powder, and fresh herbs, and are then bonded together by pure ghee. No harmful chemicals, carbon, or synthetic fragrances are used. All the ingredients are sustainably sourced and are carefully rolled by hand. The aroma brings about a calming balance of the senses. All you need to do is carefully light a stick and blow out the flame, and then sit back and gently inhale the goodness of the Ayurvedic aroma.
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A perfume classic, the Tom Ford Black Orchid is characterised by its signature spicy and seductive notes. As the name suggests, its top notes are black orchid, patchouli and black truffle, making it rich and smooth. It comes in a chic black-and-gold flacon that will fit directly into your travel bag.
The Body Shop’s Guarana and Coffee Energising Cleanser For Men is a luscious blend of Brazilian guarana, Mexican organic aloe vera and Ethiopian green coffee. This gentle cleanser is a cocktail of all things good for your skin. Apply in the shower, twice a day, for visibly fresh and clean skin. Works well to scrub away pollution and dirt from the face and neck. Squeeze a generous amount of the orange gel and gently massage it into the skin till it foams. Wash away and pat dry. Enjoy a guilt-free cleanse with this 100 per cent vegan and
Combat dark spots and scars with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This potent, deep-penetrating serum reduces the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and acne marks and treats uneven skin tones too. Vitamin C, salicylic acid and peony extracts work together to clear dark spots caused by UV rays and ageing. Free from parabens, dyes and mineral oils, the serum is
safe to use on sensitive skin. Use it before your moisturiser or as a spot treatment over marks. The serum works effectively to reduce discolouration as well, so don’t forget to apply a few drops on your neck and elbows.
Looking for a hair oil that is non-sticky and smells amazing? Kérastase L’Huile Légère is a light, new-age oil that uses nutrients such as marula, camellia, and corn germ oil in its composition. The glowing result is reflected in the natural shine and suppleness that is added to your hair, along with a smoothened texture. It also adds much-sought volume to your tresses. Apply some to your hair to control frizz for up to 96 hours in settings of severe humidity.
There’s something so soul-satisfying about a good moisturiser. And the Derma Co. 25% Vitamin C Matte Face Moisturiser has been on our radar for some time now. This home-grown brand is packed with a bunch of skin-friendly ingredients that slow the appearance of ageing. The non-greasy formula uses antioxidants to rejuvenate dull skin and prevents pigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes, while leaving your skin hydrated. It also provides sun protection and reverses existing damage caused by the sun. You don’t need multiple moisturisers with different ingredients when you have this all-in-one product.
TRAVEL MEETS WELLNESS
Dreaming of a way to blend your wanderlust with a sense of wellness? Try Jurlique, a luxury wellness brand from Australia’s Adelaide Hills, which uses indigenous, organically grown ingredients in its world-famous products. Their Jurlique Rose Body Oil is infused with handpicked roses and pure, organic botanicals that include safflower, macadamia, and jojoba—all carefully harvested by local farmers. The elixir deeply moisturises and hydrates the skin, and can be used as an aromatic perfume or a gentle massage oil to destress after a long day.
Return to basics with this traditional shaving set and make it a morning wellness ritual of sorts. The Truefitt & Hill Edwardian Collection–Synthetic Brush comes in a variety of colours such as blue opal, faux ebony, ivory and horn, along with a razor on a metal stand. Crafted with resin and steel, the razor can be easily paired with Gillette Mach III blades for a smooth shave. The brush is handmade in the UK and is a cruelty-free, hypo-allergenic synthetic brush that does not aggravate allergies, unlike natural brushes. So go ahead and enjoy a charming, old-fashioned shaving ritual.