5 Micro (beauty) breaks to take at your desk now

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By Terry Saw

5 Micro (beauty) breaks to take at your desk now

We’re encouraged to take small breaks – anything between 30 seconds up to 20 minutes – to significantly boost our productivity levels at work. To keep everyone (read: your boss) happy, here’s our edit of small beauty breaks you can take at your desk while flying through your work.  

1. A 10-second skin boost

Try: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, RM190 for 100ml

Inspired by the ‘elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this beauty elixir is the perfect wake-up call for your skin. Infused with the essential oils of organic balm mint and rosemary, along with grape and rose extracts in an orange flower water solution, it instantly hydrates, tones, softens and rejuvenates your skin and your senses. Also perfect to set your makeup post-touchups.

2. A 30-second lip treatment

Try: Cle de Peau The Lip Serum, available in September

This serum is formulated with the Illuminating Complex to really moisturise dry lips. Using the applicator, smooth the serum over your lips in small, circular motions for a quick lip massage. Also apply every morning just before putting on lipstick to seal in moisture for hours before your next touchup.  

3. The one-minute eye mask

Try: La Mer The Eye Balm Intense, RM742 for 15ml

Fact: we blink over 20,000 times a day. So the least you can do is give tired eyes a quick fix. Massage the delicate eye area with the eye balm intense – which contains the goodness of the La Mer Miracle Broth and the Marine De-Puff Ferment – using the cooling silver-tipped applicator. Start from underneath your eye towards the nose and back towards the temples. Repeat to increase circulation as well as to instantly fill fine lines around the eye area – hello, fresh peppers!

4. The two-minute hand massage

Try: Annick Goutal Baume Splendide Hands, available in September

For the amount of typing we make our fingers do each day (we’re looking at you, WhatsApp), we certainly do not give them enough credit. Slather on this new hand cocktail (it’s infused with Jojoba, Mimosa and Rose Hip Oil) and massage the palms of your hands, spending time on the joints where the fingers connect to the hands to instantly melt away any tension. Spend a minute on one hand, and repeat the steps above on the other for another minute.  

5. Give yourself a two-minute mini facial

Try: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, RM185.50 for 30ml

There’s nothing like freezer-like temperatures at the office to drastically reduce the moisture levels in your skin. This 100 per cent pure Rosewood, Blue Orchid and Patchouli oil-infused treatment delivers instant hydration to dry skin and prevents further loss of moisture. Warm a few drops of oil in your hands and gently, but firmly cup hands over your cheeks, letting the skin fully absorb the product before patting on other dry areas of the chin and forehead, if necessary. In just minutes, you’ll see the different this makes to your complexion – and now, you’re all set for highly productive afternoon!

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