De-stress at Home, Spa-Style: 8 Great Tension Tamers
When emotional stress gets the better of us, the first place it usually shows up, unfortunately, is on our skin. True happiness may come from within, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fake it till we make it with these eight tension-taming products for face and body.
For a Clear Head
Praised by even severe-headache victims for its efficacy, Origins’ Peace of Mind, a fast-acting sensory-therapy formula containing peppermint, basil, and eucalyptus oils, targets tension and tightness in the face and neck. Rub a mere two drops into your temples, your earlobes, and the nape of your neck for near-instant relief. ($10, Origins.com)
For a Quick Face-Lift
Treat yourself to an ultra-relaxing spa experience in only ten minutes with Estée Lauder’s Stress Relief Eye Mask, infused with nourishing botanical ingredients like red-leaf tea and cucumber fruit extract. Each premoistened facial sheet hydrates and smooths skin, delivers a quick dose of antioxidants, and reduces puffiness and fine lines. ($65.94, Amazon.com)
For Bright Eyes
Stress can wreak havoc on the delicate eye area in particular, exacerbating conditions like puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. Skyn’s Icelandic Relief Eye Cream does the hard work of minimizing those conditions for you with a high-performance eye cream that revitalizes the under-eye area by restoring hydration and nutrients. What’s more, it’s all natural—no phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances or dyes in sight.
For the Ultimate Bubble Bath
Rub-a-dub-dub with Bath & Body Works’ Stress Relief Body Wash and Foam Bath, infused with eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils. Eucalyptus clears the mind while spearmint helps improve concentration. Botanicals purify, soothe and condition the skin while you soak. Just try not to drift off in the tub. ($13, Bath & Body Works)
For Sleek, Subtly Scented Skin
Billing itself as an ideal skincare antidote for the “sensitive or restless person,” Dr. Hauschka’s Moor Lavender Oil combines soothing lavender essential oil and moor (peat moss) extract, as well as skin-firming horse chestnut extract (bonus: it’s purported to reduce the appearance of varicose veins), in a creamy concoction designed to promote a sense of overall well-being. ($28.95, DrHauschka.com)
For a Calm Countenance
With a name that packs as many relaxation-related terms as ingredients, Lancôme’s Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream Facial Treatment battles the daily elements and tensions that make your mug look strained. With its signature Acticalm 2 complex, this ultra-hydrating cream can’t do away with your issues altogether, but it at least ensures that your inner turmoil stays put where it’s meant to be. ($44.99, Amazon.com)
For a Skin-Smoothing Energy Boost
For the times when the only way to get rid of bad juju is to literally scrub yourself down, grab a big handful of Ole Henriksen’s Rub n’ Buff Salt Scrub, with powerful ingredients like sea salt, for vigorous, full-body exfoliation; lavender, for renewal and relaxation; and lemongrass, for detoxification and muscular-tension relief. Soften your skin and ease your mind? Olé!
For Pampered Peepers
For tension headaches, tired eyes, and nasal congestion alike, Pearl Ice Cooling Eye Mask by Inka is a must-have quick fix. The gel-filled mask can be chilled in the freezer or warmed in a bowl of water, but no matter what the temperature, it serves a single purpose: to rescue you from stress, fatigue, and discomfort.