This is a great way to loosen muscles scrunched into habitual expressions. "This brings blood to the surface, clears out puffiness, and reduces fatigue in the skin," says Chris Haas, owner of Ra Organic Spa in Burbank, California. Don't have time for an appointment? At home, all you need is a customized facial serum.
Try It Yourself: Use a base of evening primrose and avocado oils with rose geranium, lavender, and German chamomile essential oils for dry skin, or apricot kernel oil with juniper, lemon, and rosemary oils for oily skin. Starting at the chin, move your hands in small circles and continue to the cheeks, around the eyes, and to the forehead. By doing this, you're stimulating circulation and bringing more nutrients to the skin. Follow with a warm compress to increase the absorption of the serum.
They may seem like unusual beauty picks, but goat's milk and ghee are skin-friendly and extremely emollient. Goat's milk has more calcium, vitamins, and triglycerides (fats) than cow's milk, and its short-strand protein structure means it's particularly suited to skin absorption. The milk's lactic acid makes it a spa favorite for buttery-soft skin.
Ghee, or clarified butter, is an Ayurvedic staple used to moisturize and purify the body. It's also a great digestive and detox aid because it stimulates the liver to secrete bile. Try ingesting a quarter teaspoon of ghee in the morning and night (this is not recommended for overweight people or those who have weak digestion).
Check Ingredients: Even if a night cream contains many of these key ingredients, its efficacy will ultimately depend on its formulation. Concentration is very important; a product with just a drop of vitamin C won't cut it. To gain some insight, check out the list of ingredients. If it's dominated by simple moisturizers (like water, oil, aloe, and glycerin), and active ingredients don't appear until the bottom of the list, the product isn't likely to offer many benefits beyond those of a basic hydrating lotion.
Come Clean: Start with a clear canvas so that the ingredients can penetrate effectively. Gentle, nightly exfoliation helps remove dead cells and stimulate cell regeneration. Removing dead cells encourages healthy new ones to develop.
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