Travelling around London is always a waiting game but with almost a million extra people expected to be roaming the streets and cheering on team GB (OK, and maybe a few other teams) queuing is going to be a very real part of the games this year. Now deep breathing, sips of water, and a positive attiude can help you make it through the coming weeks without stress, but sometimes an extra pick-me-up is needed to keep those anxious nerves at bay. Here are a few sprays, balms, creams, and sanitizers that will help you turn that waiting time into a calming (and beautifying) experience.
Toning waters and mists get a lot of criticism from, well... everyone, but when you're stuck in a sticky and sweaty room full of people, a blast of fresh botanicals and cooling water can be a lifesaver. There's not much more that can be said about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £9.90, but it's cult for a reason. Even if you're not a believer in the skincare powers of this toner, the fresh, minty scent takes you back to calm spa days and pampering treatments. If you'd prefer a spray without a heavy scent, try the Avene Eau Thermal Water Spray, £6.50, which is also great for cooling scorched skin.
It's best not to go overboard on the sanitizer but with this many people crammed into one city, keeping your hands clean could be tricky. Look for a formula such as
Balms & Creams
Whether you're waiting to get into an Olympic venue or just waiting to get from one place to another on the very crowded streets, a calming cream can be just the little distraction you need. Origins' Peace of Mind, £12, is packed with essential oils and waters and when applied to your neck, temples, and earlobes helps release tension and stress. If your skin is also suffering from dryness or a touch of sun, try Boots Botanics Aromatherapy Cooling Gel Lavender, £4.60, which gives off a calming scent whilst relieving your skin.
Now we're not talking your grandmother's candles here, these aromatherapy options are not only portable, but easy to use. Mohdoh's Mouldable Aromatherapy in Calm, £4.99, is a dough that, as it's kneaded, releases calming essential oils and that not only absorb into the skin but release a calming scent into the air. If you're looking for a more discrete way to get your aromatherapy in, try a rollerball such as Tata Harper's Aromatic Stress Treatment, £64. This conentrated blend of Linden Blossom, Rose Otto, Neroli, and Frankincense will help calm your nerves and soothe any feelings of stress.