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Words Francesca Specter

We bet the last time you applied a face mask, you weren’t thinking about your emotional state – yet we all look better when we’re relaxed, smiling, and have had our beauty sleep. Aromatherapy – a beauty sector that forecasters are predicting is going to be huge in 2017 – sits in the sweet spot, helping alleviate stress as well as providing real benefits for your skin. ‘The less stressed you are, the less likely you are to get breakouts and skin irritability,’ explains Jane Hibbert, founder and penetrate your skin’. creative director of AromaWorks. In the Christmas rush, it can be hard to find the time to fit in an aromatherapy massage at your local salon – but you can use essential oils effectively from the comfort of your own home. Here’s our expert advice for DIY aromatherapy.

In the bath

‘After a long, hard day, soaking in essential oils feels luxurious and eases emotional stress,’ explains Jennie Harding, in-house aromatherapist at essential oil masters Tisserand. Try her trick to disperse the oils evenly: mix 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil into a teacup of full-fat milk and add it to the warm bath water – the cream in the milk helps the oils spread through the water. For a night time bath, Hibbert recommends lavender oil, which helps treat insomnia. It has the added benefit of soothing irritated skin on your body and ‘the steam of the bath helps the oils

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