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Relax like a Parisian

 

Ah. Close your eyes. The scent of a rose petals wafts gently through the air, lilting classical music is playing softly, you’re lying on a cloud-like cotton sheet…

Imagine designating a few days a month just to relax, decompress, and revitalize. You’d head to a day spa, schedule a massage, or create your own at-home spa atmosphere—an afternoon par excellence.

The French have realized that taming stress and prioritizing relaxation shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for those who don’t lead busy lives, rather it should be a necessity for every woman. After all, the benefits of real, guilt-free relaxation have lasting effects on our physical and mental health, which in turn, encourages healthy, beautiful skin and hair. Beauty must be inside and out.

Read on for the best tips for relaxation à la française:

Disconnect Daily

Even the busiest woman should make time to unplug, every day. This can be as simple as taking a screen-free lunch. Put down the phone and step away from your computer. Find a quiet space to truly savor your meal, whether it’s with friends or alone. Bon appetit.

 

Opt for a French Massage

French women are particularly fond of two types of massage. The first is pincement de jaquet, a facial massage that doesn’t require any cream or oils, and involves pinching the skin gently between the thumb and forefinger to tone and stimulate the skin for an instantly glowy complexion. The second is palpe rouler, a body massage that consists of squeezing and rolling muscle and skin; this massage dramatically improves lymphatic draining and smooths the appearance of cellulite.

 

Treat Yourself to a Day-Spa & Facial

It’s a common practice for the average French woman to get their favorite facial a few times a month. And, whenever they need to decompress more fully, they book time at their local day spa.

 

Create a Personalized, Cozy Spa at Home

If you can’t make it to a spa, there are some simple ways to create your very own sensual, relaxing atmosphere right at home. Draw a warm bath, close your doors, and sink into calm.

 

  1. Scent. Start by infusing your bathroom with your favorite relaxing scent, like lavender, vanilla, or floral. Use a heating oil diffuser or light candles to fill your space. Then mix a few drops of the matching essential oil into a bath or a luxurious body cream to allow the scent to permeate the space.
  2. Mood lighting. Close your blinds and dim the overhead lights—or rely solely on candlelight—to create a space that soothes stress and fosters calm.
  3. Sound. Play quiet music that you like. Any music will do, as long as you feel transported and relaxed when you hear it.
  4. Taste. Finally, lower yourself into your bath with a glass of red wine, a teacup of steaming herbal tea, or a tall glass of ice water.

Hmmmm, we feel more relaxed already. Et toi?

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