These Luxe Beauty Oils Are Good for Both Your Mind and Body
You know how revitalized you feel after a full-body massage. Turns out your immune system feels the same way. A growing stack of research shows that while you relax on the table, your white blood cells (infection killers) are being stirred to fend off pathogens—which means you're more hearty and less likely to succumb to the latest bug going around.
"Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which is where these cells are located," says lead researcher Mark Rapaport. In his study, white blood cells increased substantially from a single 45-minute Swedish massage. For further benefit, look for massage oils with extracts like peppermint, rosemary, or patchouli, says Mary Coda, a massage therapist in New York City. "These essential oils can dramatically increase the massage's physiological effects, clearing your airways and making you even more relaxed." (And that's just the tip of the iceberg; here are the mind and body benefits of massage.)
Ahava Deadsea Plants Precious Desert Oils Nourishing Body Treatment
Pamper yourself with an exotic product from the Dead Sea. This Ahava body treatment has myrrh, desert date tree, and jojoba oils to promote healthy, rejuvenated skin while replenishing lost moisture. (ICYMI, myrrh is just one of these 10 under-the-radar essential oils that can change your life.)
Elemis De-Stress Massage Oil
With essential oils of rosewood, rosemary, and chamomile, this blend will help deeply relax your mind while melting tension in your body.
Indie Lee Jasmin Ylang Ylang Nutrient Oil
Massage this exotic blend of oils onto your body, scalp, and cuticles to immediately hydrate your skin, hair, and nails.
Weleda Arnica Massage Oil
Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil
This oil primer addresses all of your skin and hair woes. With only a few drops, it can be a facial oil that moisturizes skin, diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes dark circles. It can also be used pre-makeup as a primer. Smooth some on your hair to nix flyaways, stat. Yes, this stuff is incredible.
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
The Body Shop Tahitian Orchid Massage Oil
It'll be hard to resist using this Tahitian oil 24/7, thanks to the addictive vanilla orchid scent. Not to mention, it'll make your massage über blissful.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Daily Defense Bath, Body & Massage Oil
Hate slathering on oil after toweling off? Use this all-in-one lightweight, hydrating blend in place of body wash to restore moisture without the added post-shower step.