8 Beauty and Wellness Shortcuts
to Save Time (and Effort)
In partnership with our friends at Daily Harvest
Sometimes beauty and wellness practices are an indulgence—to be experienced slowly and intentionally, to be truly savored. But life doesn’t always allow for both a five-step skin-morning skin care routine and a daily hour of forest bathing. That doesn’t mean ditching one or the other. It just means distilling things down to what’s easiest, quickest, and most essential. So: We’ve compiled eight tools that streamline self-care.
Our favorite weekday recipe? The one where someone else does the shopping, chopping, and measuring. Daily Harvest is a food plan built on fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to fit in more nutritious food throughout the week without the big lift of a Sunday prep session. The dishes use whole frozen ingredients—picked at their nutritional peak—which hold onto their nutrients better than the packaged, refrigerated stuff. They’ve got you covered at any meal, with smoothies, chia bowls, oat bowls, soups, lattes, snack bites, and harvest bowls. Each requires only one or two steps (blending, microwaving, or cooking on the stove) and up to one additional ingredient (water, a splash of broth, or the plant-based milk of your choice). Total prep time is ten minutes or less. And everything from Daily Harvest—from the Ginger + Greens smoothie to the Brussels Sprouts + Lime Pad Thai harvest bowl to the Chaga + Chocolate latte—is thoughtfully crafted and tastes great.
DAILY HARVEST FOOD PLAN, Daily Harvest, plans starting at $6.99 a cup (get $25 off your first box with promo code GOOP25)
TAKE A SHOT
We want detox-level skin all the time. And we want it without going on an detox…all the time. That’s why we created the G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder. It’s formulated with milk thistle extract to support a happy liver, as well as healthy glutathione levels; the antioxidants resveratrol and vitamin C; and a blend of nutrients including selenium, zinc, magnesium, glycine, and pantothenic acid. Together, they add up to serious skin support. Mix it with a couple ounces of water and knock it back like a shot, or work it in with whatever you’ve got going—a smoothie, a shake, what have you.
goop Beauty G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription
What we love about the Theragun G3PRO massager is that it makes tight, achy muscles feel good as new. It’s aah-inducing relief, and it works quickly—for the calves and feet after hopping off a flight, the shoulders and back after a long day at the computer, or the quads to loosen up after an especially tough run. Plus, Theragun products are built much better than other percussion massagers, with a triangular body that balances well in your hand and parts that are built to last well into the future.
Theragun G3PRO, goop, $599
You want Pilates, but you don’t want to leave your house. Or: You want Pilates, but you want it for just fifteen minutes. Or: You were so sure you wanted Pilates until five minutes in, when it dawns on you that, nope, what you’re really craving is yoga. All good—Glo’s got you covered. For just eighteen bucks a month, Glo gives you unlimited access to recorded classes from top-notch yoga, Pilates, and meditation instructors—like Kit Rich, whose Reformer workouts at Santa Monica’s Speir Pilates are always booked (and for early risers only).
Glo Membership, Glo, $18 a month
ALL THE PEELS
With minimal time and effort, this once-a-week overnight peel gives you maximum results. It’s the simplest route to radiant, smooth, beautifully exfoliated skin that we know, and it’s a serious time-saver: You swipe it on before bed (don’t forget your neck, chest, and shoulders), hit the sack, and wake up in the morning to fresh, glowing, baby-soft skin. The secret: a powerful level of glycolic acid and extracts of mango, banana, yellow mombin, and Australian kakadu plum, plus three types of hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin.
goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel, goop, $125/$112 with subscription
Don’t get us wrong: We love the ritual of a morning cup of coffee. But sometimes we just want an energy bump without laboring over a French press or running out to the café down the street. We made Nerd Alert, our café au lait–flavored soft chew for energy, for exactly that purpose: A serving of two chews has about the same amount of caffeine you’d find a cup of coffee, plus 200 milligrams of L-theanine—the compound found in tea that lends itself to smooth, jitter-free energy. They’re easily stashable in a desk drawer, the driver’s seat console, and even the littlest handbag. (Plus, we like that Nerd Alert costs less—and produces less waste—than grabbing a latte to go.)
goop Wellness Nerd Alert, goop, $30
Emotional work doesn’t take shortcuts. But we find that tarot is good for a quick plunge into your feelings. Try a simple one-card draw before bed: What about this card reflects what you experienced today? Does it resonate with what you’re going through in your life as a whole? Whether or not the answer is obvious to you, go ahead and journal for a few minutes on whatever emotions this card is asking you to turn your attention to—filling in the blanks is the most illuminating part.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook, goop, $40
For meditation newcomers, longtime om-chanters, or anyone craving a spiritual something new, Wave has created this easy access point for meditation: Just lie back on this cushy bolster, pop on the noise-canceling headphones, select a track on the accompanying app, and close your eyes. The music-driven guided meditations and gentle vibrations from the cushion below you sync up for a feeling of presence, clarity, and depth.
Wave At-Home Meditation, goop, $199