The holidays are a merry and cheerful time...yeah right! Crowded department stores and mile-long to-do lists are enough to turn even the happiest person into a Grinch. Melt away all your holiday stress with these relaxing body and bath products, which are the beauty equivalent of Valium.
Tell holiday stress to suck it (a candy cane, that is) with this limited-edition set ($66, aveda.com). It includes body lotion, soaking salts, and a roll-on concentrate all made with essences of lavender, lavandin and clary sage.
Losing sleep thinking about all the things you still have left to do for the holidays? Hide the evidence with this under-eye mask that helps builds collagen, stimulates cell regeneration, moisturizes, reduces fine lines and crows feet, brightens dark areas, and reduces puffiness under the eyes.
If pushing your way through shopping lines has caused soreness, try relaxing in a tub filled with these bath salts ($14.99, earththerapeutics.net). The smell of chamomile and lavender will drown your sorrows and the mineral-rich elixir will soothe aching muscles.
Sooner or later the stress you are feeling will start to show on your face. Give skin a break with a mask ($25, h20plus.com) that contains red algae extracts to replenish depleted moisture levels, cucumber and aloe vera to deliver instant cooling relief, and encapsulated vitamins A, C, E and provitamin B to promote recovery from daily damage.
Don't lose another night of sleep worrying about which gifts to buy. Instead, take the ultimate bath with this Lush kit ($21.95, lushusa.com). It includes a Dorothy bubble bar, a sleepy bath bomb, and Dreamtime Luxury Bath Melts (a cocoa butter brick full of chamomile and lavender). Sleep tight!
You may not be able to take a relaxing bathtub around with you during your shopping trips, but you can tuck this little guy into your purse. Every time you feel the holiday stress rising up, roll this aromatherapy ($29, 21drops.com) on your wrist and sniff away.
A night of relaxation doesn't have to break the bank. This kit ($11.99, Rite Aid Stores Nationwide) comes with Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask, Foaming Bath Soap, Bare Foot Lavender & Mint Foot Cream, and a deluxe cooling eye mask.