Lotion = emotion

A great cream doesn’t just transform your skin – it transforms your mood.

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A great cream doesn’t just transform your skin – it transforms your mood.

When you’re having a down day, reach for your most luxurious skin cream. Research shows that it may be the TLC you need, since a negative mood can make you more sensitive to tactile rather than visual stimuli – and more likely to crave pleasant textures.

“That’s because we’re hardwired to associate a soft touch with a feeling of comfort and protection,” says Dan King, the author of a study on senses and buying behaviour in the Journal of Consumer Research. In one of his experiments, participants in a negative state of mind said that applying a hand lotion made them feel better – even more so when the lotion was especially rich. Here are 18 exceptionally silky mood changers.


1 Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator ($77, Sephora)

2 Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream ($70, www.sephora.sg)

3 La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer ($720, Robinsons)

4 Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream ($209.05, shop.nordstrom.com)

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5 Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Creme Universal Texture ($235)

6 Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream ($84)

7 Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme ($875, Tangs at Tang Plaza)

8 Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter ($75.80, www.jcpenney.com)

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9 Naturopathica Bio-Energy Lift Contouring Cream (US$115 or $154, onlinestore.complexions.com)

10 Chanel Sublimage La Creme ($546)

11 Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($44, shop.nordstrom.com)

12 Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra- Rich (£80 or $142, www.elemis.com)

13 By Terry Cellularose Liftessence Rich Cream (US$170 or $228, www.net-a-porter.com)

14 Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker ($100, Sephora)

15 Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream ($197, Tangs)

16 Phytomer Nutritionnelle Dry Skin Rescue Cream ($100, www.bathandunwind.com)

17 Kenzoki Belle de Jour ($205, Robinsons)

18 Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Eye ($252.30, www.neimanmarcus.com)

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