It’s easy to fend off the winter blues in seconds with simple strategies, like smelling a sweet scented candle, wearing a weighted eye mask, and taking a soothing bath. They not only lift your spirits, they leave you looking radiant! Here’s how get anti-aging results while pampering yourself at the same time.
Anxiety-decreasing vanilla curbs weight gain.
Smelling the cake-like scent triggers the release of serotonin in the brain, promoting feelings of well-being and joy. Even better? The uptick in serotonin also squashes cravings by 50 percent.
Buy: DW Home Vanilla Bean Single Wick Candle (Buy on Amazon, $18.96)
Sleep-enhancing weighted eye mask de-puffs skin.
Weighted eye masks put gentle pressure on the nerves behind eyes, sending calming messages to your brain that help you fall asleep two times faster! Plus, the pressure helps push out excess fluids that can accumulate underneath eyes to nix puffy bags.
Buy: Sharper Image Weighted Comfort Eye Mask (Buy on Amazon, $17)
Happiness-helping hot cocoa soothes rashes.
Sipping hot cocoa ups the production of endorphins to boost mood. Similar benefits can come from simply soaking in the drink’s ingredients. Plus, anti-inflammatory powdered milk calms red, irritated skin and antioxidant-rich cocoa powder repairs skin’s barrier to ward off future rashes.
Try: Add 1 cup of powdered milk and 1⁄4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder into warm bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.
Relaxing chai tea softens rough patches.
Inhaling chai tea’s aromatic spices (like cinnamon and clove) lowers blood pressure for an instant calming effect. And mixed in a scrub, the dried tea leaves and the spices’ compounds remove dead cells for baby-soft skin.
Buy: The London Grant Co. Chai Spiced Latte Body Polish (Buy at Citizen Supply, $29)
De-stressing cocoa butter tightens skin.
Cocoa butter’s sweet aroma decreases levels of stress hormones to leave you feeling peaceful in seconds. And compounds in the butter promote collagen production to firm saggy skin, while its fatty acids hydrate and plump it for an instantly tauter anti-aging appearance.
Buy: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter Skin Lotion (Buy at Walgreens, $5.19)
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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