18 Face and Body Lotions Guaranteed to Improve Your Mood
When you're having a down day, reach for your most luxurious skin cream. Research shows that it may be the TLC you need, since a negative mood can make you more sensitive to tactile rather than visual stimuli and more likely to crave pleasant textures.
"That's because we're hardwired to associate a soft touch with a feeling of comfort and protection," says Dan King, the author of a study on senses and buying behavior in the Journal of Consumer Research. In one of his experiments, participants in a negative state of mind said that applying a hand lotion made them feel better, even more so when the lotion was especially rich. Here, 18 exceptionally silky mood changers. (Want the mood-boost minus the beauty products? Try this type of workout.)
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer
With a name like "skin caviar," it's impossible not to feel pampered while lathering this stuff on. Plus, it does double duty—bothing exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. (Want to feel even more fancy? There's also "caviar" for your hair.)
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer ($440, laprairie.com
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream
Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream
If you're looking for a lotion that's as environmentally friendly as you are, Belif is the perfect find. The mineral-rich formula contains peat, a soil-like material that gives new life to dull skin. Think of it as a little piece of the fountain of youth.
Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream ($60, sephora.com
Dior Capture Totale La Crème Multi-Perfection
With a choice between Light, Universal, or Rich texture, everyone gets what they want using this Dior cream. There's no need to worry about streaky lotion lines or time wasted on blending, as this product is proven to absorb quickly so you can get on with your day.
Dior Capture Totale La Crème Multi-Perfection ($165, dior.com
Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
Naturopathica Bio-Energy Lift Contouring Cream
Chanel Sublimage La Crème
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter
Most of these creams have been strictly for the face—but your body needs a little TLC too. Clinque's Body Butter is designed to be lathered all over your body, and give a little extra love to dry, rough spots like your elbows and knees. (These other body beauty products are locker room-friendly and beauty editor-approved.)
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($30, clinique.com)