Nobody living in the modern world can avoid stress. It's hard to escape from all of the worries that enter our daily lives. Many of us are concerned about the state of the country, our families and the holidays coming up. Often times a poor diet as well as a lack of sleep and exercise accompany a stressful lifestyle, making matters even worse. As if it isn't bad enough to suffer the internal effects of stress, it's a real shock when it shows up on your face. Make sure you take a few moments during even your busiest days to reduce the effects of stress on your skin.
Daily Dose of Pick-Me-Ups
Did you know that stress hormones can actually cause your skin to age prematurely? Maybe you've noticed fine lines popping up during and/or after stressful periods. You might also notice your skin losing its luster and looking dull and drab. You may not be able to control all of the external factors that are causing your stress but you can control how you treat your skin. Be sure to have a complexion rescue plan for stressful times. Detoxifying and distressing regimens and treatments can help reduce the signs of aging and make you look more energized.
Break Away from Breakouts
Aside from aging the skin, stress hormones can also trigger nasty breakouts at the worst possible times, when you already have too much to deal with. Keep your skin clean and exfoliated to prevent breakouts. Despite how tired you may be at the end of the day, don't make the mistake of going to bed with a dirty face. When pimples do appear, treat with a gentle yet effective product and always refrain from picking and squeezing. Aggravating an already angry zit will only make the situation worse. Patiently allowing breakouts to heal will pay off in the long run, leaving you with healthier looking skin.
Time Out In the Tub
During stressful times, your own bathtub can offer a much needed temporary escape. Even when you're busy, allowing just a small amount of time for a relaxing bath can really help you unwind and sleep better. Put on some tranquil music, light a candle and treat yourself to a hot soak with a foaming bath gel or cream. Bath salts are also a great choice as many can soothe the senses and help relax tight muscles.
Essentials of Well-Being
Natural essential oils derived from botanical sources can have a profound impact on the skin and psyche. While certain essential oils nourish, protect and repair tired and damaged skin, others reduce stress and encourage relaxation. Unlike many topical treatments, essential oils can actually penetrate the skin to allow full-body benefits.
Scents and Sensibility
Aromatherapy has gained recognition in recent years for its ability to calm nerves and improve emotional well-being using the power of scent. Certain aromas can actually heighten mood, awaken the senses and even relieve tension. Aromatic elements are often added to shower and bath products, lotions and creams and even candles to promote positive feelings and relaxation.