ways to de-stress at home Break out the bathrobe and flip on some TLC, because today is National Relaxation Day! Your regular primping, prepping and prodding might not be the pinnacle of relaxation, so to help you celebrate the big day we rounded up four beauty treatments that will have you feeling gorgeous and zen all at once.

Facial Massage

Ever noticed how many facial products instruct you to massage the product gently when applying? Turns out there are multiple benefits to this. Massaging a product allows it to absorb properly into the skin, and it can also benefit circulation. So when you’re applying your cleanser or serum tonight, take an extra 60 seconds to massage the product into your skin in a circular motion. Pay particular attention to your temples and sinuses for maximum relaxation benefits. MDC Product Recommendations: Massage away with Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser or L’Oréal RevitaLift Triple Power Concentrated Serum tonight.

Scalp TLC

As much as we care for our skin and hair, we often forget one very important part of the equation: our scalp. Stimulating your scalp is said to help with hair growth, as it increases blood flow and helps to reduce stress and headaches. Also, we’d be remiss not to admit that it simply feels incredible. For an easy way to give your head some TLC, take an extra minute by massaging your scalp with your fingers when shampooing. If you have more time to spare, try a hair treatment like Redken Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask and apply in massaging, circular motions.

Aromatherapy Bath

If we learned anything from “Pretty Woman” it’s that a long, steamy bath is the ultimate in indulgence and relaxation. Upgrade your evening by adding some aromatherapy to the bath. Look for bath products with lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint to evoke an at-home spa vibe. We’re particularly smitten with Aromafloria Stress Less Foaming Bubble Bath.

Foot Scrub

The best part of a pedicure (aside from the fresh polish job) is obviously having someone else exfoliate and massage your high-heel abused feet. Take this relaxing experience in house with an exfoliating foot scrub. At the end of your bath (after your skin has softened) try rubbing on The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. To soften your feet even more, follow up with a generous application of lotion when you’re out of the bath. What’s your favorite way to unwind? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Thinkstock


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