Beauty of the Senses
TOUCH: Feel fabulous
Believe it or not, a facial massage can actually improve your complexion (find a DIY guide at store .annabellina.com/massagemyth.html), says Lydia Sarfati, New York City-based licensed aesthetician and CEO and founder of Repêchage Skin Care. “Lightly and rapidly tapping the skin improves circulation and releases nutrients to the surface,” Sarfati says. “This also helps purify the skin by releasing carbon dioxide and other waste materials. Any type of friction on the skin stimulates fibroblast activity, which synthesizes with collagen.” As we get older, our skin’s collagen production slows, so boosting this process means a fresher, more youthful glow.
1) Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Organic Bath,
Body & Massage Oil ($10; available at Target stores)
moisturizes dry skin and stimulates the senses with a blend
of spices frankincense and myrrh.
2) You can rub an aromatherapy oil such as Aura Cacia
Peppermint Harvest Aromatherapy Bath, Body & Massage
Oil ($8; auracacia.com) into your temples to relieve headaches
and inflammation caused by sinusitis, says Boulder, Colo.-
based Maureen Moon, L.M.T., professional member of the
American Massage Therapy Association.
3) Weleda Arnica Massage Oil ($21; usa.weleda.com) warms and
relaxes tight, stressed muscles with organic sunflower seed oil.