FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
Sure, it’s relaxing. But numerous studies have found the sense of touch to be critical for boosting immunity, managing anxiety and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. So when you apply your moisturiser, don’t just slap it on – take a moment to work it in.
“Research shows that oxytocin is released by gentle, conscious touch from another or oneself,” explains chiropractor and movement specialist Dr George Russell. “Some researchers call it the ‘bliss hormone’; I call it the ‘eat, pray, love’ hormone, because it gives a feeling of generosity, contentment and connectedness. And the more you feel your own body, the more secure, confident and responsive you’ll be.”
It doesn’t have to be a 60-minute massage either – a few minutes a day of positive touch reaps serious benefits.
Starting at the feet, work a body oil into skin with both hands. Using a circular motion, move from legs to hips to belly into the chest, arms and up over the shoulders.
“There’s something very powerful in nurturing yourself in that way,” says Kerrilynn Pamer, co-owner of spa and boutique
Cap Beauty in New York. “Skincare is like lingerie: maybe not everybody sees it, but you know what it feels like.”
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