I recently spoke with a general practitioner who was lamenting over the lack of interest in preventative care in today's society. She explained that for most (finances aside), scheduling a physical isn't a top priority and that it's only when someone is already sick that they go to the doctor. There may be a low interest in being proactive with your health as it relates to Western care, but in terms of trendy holistic practices, they're more popular than ever, especially among the millennial crowd.
I asked the doctor why she thought this was the case, and she said, put simply, there's an overwhelming desire to be calm. We're constantly being pulled in different directions every day and battling outside forces that the promise of easing our mind through crystals, or Reiki, or meditation is alluring. This same principle is transcending skincare, too—we're seeing more "calming" products pop up, particularly with the aim of barrier repair. So while factors beyond our control may be imparting stress both internally and externally, in today's world, when things seem more stressful than ever, the resources to calm them are abundant.
Take a look at some of our favorite whole-body calming products below.
This overnight leave-on mask is enriched with a unique soothing blend of redness-relieving peptides, tea, Boswellia, and honey. Ceramides, fatty acids, soothing actives, and tamarind extract also create a nourishing film on top of the skin to prevent moisture loss and repair the skin's barrier.
Made with organic lavender flower water, noni fruit extract, aloe vera, and bergamot water, Kora's soothing mist provides instant relief wherever you go. Brand founder Miranda Kerr spritzes it on her pillow to help relax her into a deep sleep.
This fast-acting serum is full of good-for-you nutrients that help restore stressed-out skin, and calm irritation and redness. What’s more, it’s infused with antioxidants that help defend against harsh environmental factors, so you’re helping and protecting your complexion at the same time.
If it's any testament of how well this lotion works, I gave it to my dad who has chronic rosacea, and his redness calmed by about 50% almost instantaneously. Roman chamomile, calendula oil, and a powerful blend of antioxidants (seaweed, arctic cranberry seed oil, and candle tree leaves) are all to blame for the immense healing prowess.
Centella asiatica, or "tiger grass," is named after the grass that tigers roll around in to calm their skin, which is why Dr. Jart+ used the plant in its line of Cicapair products for redness-prone skin. These Camo Drops help soothe inflammation while also providing a bit of green color-correcting tint to counteract redness.
Listen, it's important for your diffuser to be aesthetically pleasing since it'll likely sit on top of your night stand, which is why we love this chic, compact diffuser from Vitruvi. It's an accent piece and a calming agent in one—just fill the enclosed plastic cup with water up to the fill line, add a few drops of soothing essential oil (we recommend lavender and frankincense) and let the quiet bubble of the water and enveloping scent settle your thoughts and lull you to sleep.
Over 5700 five-star reviews agree that this magnesium-rich powder has an almost immediate calming effect, especially for those who are prone to anxiety. One user writes, "I've taken other forms of magnesium, like magnesium oxide in pill form, and didn't notice any effects, this however, really works. This is honestly easily the most noticeably effective supplement I've ever taken." In the '60s, Warren E. C. Wacker, MD, and Alfred F. Parisi, MD, found a strong connection between magnesium deficiency and depression, making this supplement an excellent addition to your daily diet.
Just check with your doctor first to make sure it's safe for you to take.
Frankincense, a natural resin, stimulates the limbic region of the brain, helping to overcome stress and uplift spirits. It's recommended to apply the oil liberally to the palms and pulse points of the wrist and neck, then rub your hands together and inhale deeply.
Menthol, patchouli, lemon oil, and eucalyptus create a potent calming blend that can be massaged into the earlobes, neck, and temples for a quick moment of relief on amid the hectic nature of your day-to-day.
GABA is an active that supports the alpha waves in your brain to promote relaxation and help combat the acute effects of stress. When combined with L-theanine, an amino acid that increases alpha waves and promotes relaxation without drowsiness or sedation, you've got a powerful duo that puts your mind at ease when you need it most.
This spicy-sweet warming blend of herbs soothes the entire body and mind (thanks mostly to star ingredient kava, a natural sedative that acts like a muscle relaxer).
Whether you're an athlete or just sore from the daily wear and tear, this roller ball of anti-inflammatory green tea extract and arnica penetrate into the skin to ease tightness while cooling, and energizing peppermint takes your mind off the pain so you can focus on more important things.
Bath time never felt so good. In this Instagram-worthy millennial pink blend, Epsom salt helps soothe muscles and release toxins while Himalayan pink salt takes the mind into a deep state of zen as you soak. It's also got calming essential oils to soften the skin and ease the mind.
Dry, itchy, agitated skin is immensely uncomfortable, but Honest's nourishing blend of olive, shea, jojoba and safflower oils will mimic a (previously damaged) lipid barrier and calm the skin. It's also infused with lavender essential oil to help you sink into a further state of zen after the discomfort's settled down.
For more calming tips, try these four surefire tricks.
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