With a 10 billion dollar valuation, to say the self-care industry is booming would be a massive understatement. Here are some of our favorite self-care services that are innovating the business of how we take care of ourselves.
A hair and makeup team have long been a staple of the celebrity entourage. They’re so invaluable, they’ve received accolades from A-listers during award season. Thanks to Glamsquad, now everyone has access to professionally-trained beauty gurus. Glamsquad is an on-demand, right-to-your-door beauty service that gives everyone access to celebrity-level beauty treatments. Whether you need a blowout for a hot date, professional makeup application for a big interview or a manicure just because Glamsquad brings whatever you need to feel beautiful from your phone to your home. “Glamsquad is here for weekly blowouts, a fun night out, or just because!” To utilize their services, simply download their app, say what you’re looking for and when you want it, and technology will do the rest. Nothing says ‘self-care in the 21st century’ like making the beauty treatment of your dreams come to you!
When it comes to finding a talented, reliable, and professional masseuse, who knows where to start? If you’re lucky enough to live near a hotel with a spa, you can call and book a massage through them. But what happens if you don’t? Soothe is an app built for those of us who don’t have the energy for the pomp-and-circumstance of or time to travel to a hotel for a massage. Do you have an extremely inflexible work schedule, or are you in a new city but need to work out some kinks? Soothe makes self-care easy and achievable. You can book a massage in advance, or have a vetted masseuse show up at your door in as little as an hour. Byrdie likened Soothe to Uber and it’s matching process: “You select the time and location…then, just like Uber, the app matches you with one of Soothe’s 7000 certified massage therapists, and they turn up wherever you are: your home, hotel room, office, anywhere.” What’s not to love about that?
When you’re feeling low, how do you get an objective opinion or the coping mechanisms to survive bad days and thrive during the good ones? Therapy can be expensive and the process of finding the right doctor can be tricky. Some people prefer the referral process but what if you’re not comfortable sharing details of your mental health with tons of people until you find someone who has a recommendation? Now there’s Talkspace. With the touch of a button, you have access to an affordable, professional mental health specialist instantly and in the palm of your hand. Talkspace guarantees their providers response time and gives you access to 5000+ licensed therapists wherever you have your phone or a wifi connection. “ Talkspace is a therapy [app] that, rather than setting up appointments for Skype or chat sessions, lets you text your therapist whenever you feel so moved, in a never-ending exchange that looks like the ongoing iMessage chain you have with a friend from college,” writes Bustle. The ability to text your therapist is a step in the right direction when it comes to demystifying mental health. During sign-up, Talkspace asks you about your reasons for seeking therapy, may they be anxiety, depression, or even if you’re just having an off-day. This process ensures you’re matched with the right mental health professional, qualified to do exactly what you need.
Personal styling is as much of an act of self-care as the above! ‘Retail Therapy’ is a term that carries scientific validity, as Psychology Today points out: “In [our] most recent consumer interviews, online shopping is increasingly mentioned as a type of mini-mental vacation.” Now imagine this mini-mental vacation was in the hands of a boutique hotel service, who took care of you so well you never want to leave. Wishi combines the mental-wellness aspect of retail therapy with the support & care you’ve come to expect at boutique services, such as a hair salon or a tailored travel service. What’s more, Wishi customers have likened their stylists to therapists before, as so much of personal style is rooted in your sense of self and your own self-esteem. For all the reasons why retail therapy would feel non-therapeutic, like not being able to discern which shirt you truly want, a Wishi stylist has the solution. Use Wishi as a break from work, a break from life, or a break from…whatever! You’re going to feel great: it’s science.
Take 30 seconds to take stock of how you feel at least twice a day and take care to take care.
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