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Stress less, glow more

Stress less, glow more

Stress less, glow more: the secret to healthier skin

In today’s fast-paced world, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. But did you know that it can take its toll on your skin, too? As the body’s largest organ, the skin often reflects what’s happening inside your body.

As April is Stress Awareness Month, let’s explore how stress affects our skin and what we can do to minimize its impact.

The stress-skin connection

When stressed, your body produces more cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone, leading to increased oil production. If you’re already susceptible to inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema you may likely experience flare-ups during times of stress.

Stress can also break down collagen and elastin – the proteins that keep your skin firm and youthful – resulting in premature aging.  It can also affect the skin’s barrier function, leading to dehydration and making the skin more susceptible to irritants and allergens.

Recognizing these signs is crucial in adapting your skincare routine to counteract these effects.

From stressed to best

Let’s look at how you can reduce these effects with a targeted skincare routine

[1] Cleanse with a gentle touch

During stressful times, your skin can become more sensitive and reactive.  Choose gentle cleansers, like Aveda All Sensitive Cleanser, that don’t strip your skin of its natural oils. This helps to reduce irritation and maintain a healthy skin ecosystem.

[2] Hydration is key

Chronic stress can also disrupt the epidermal barrier – the top layer of the skin that locks in moisture. This can lead to dehydration making your skin look dull and tired.

Try introducing products that contain hyaluronic acid into your daily routine. Aveda’s Intense Hydrator is a powerful serum that draws moisture into the skin, keeping it hydrated and plump. A well-hydrated skin can better resist the negative impacts of stress.

[3] Anti-stress Ingredients

Look for products containing antioxidants like Vitamins C and E, which fight free radicals – harmful molecules that can be increased by stress and environmental factors.

[4] Facial massage – the stress reliever

Try adding facial massage into your skincare routine.  Our 60-minute Aveda facial is a brilliant way to de-stress. Gentle upward strokes can improve blood circulation, relieve tension, and help in lymphatic drainage, reducing puffiness and boosting skin vitality.

And relax…

Try these to de-stress mind and body:

[1] Breathing exercises

When you learn to breathe better, you calm yourself down. Inhale for three counts, hold for four, and exhale for five.  Repeat five times. This technique can instantly reduce stress levels, reducing your heart rate and blood pressure.

[2] Schedule time for relaxing activities

Why not indulge yourself with a professional facial. It will not only make your skin glow, but a little me-time pampering will make you feel more relaxed, too.

[3] Mindful relaxation

Spend time in nature, even if it’s just a short walk in a park at lunchtime. Being in green spaces can have a therapeutic effect on your mind.

Dedicate five minutes daily to mindfulness. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.

[4] Healthy lifestyle choices

Eating a healthy diet and avoiding ultra-processed food, as well as getting plenty of sleep will help your stress management, while regular exercise can help you lower levels of your stress hormones and help take your mind off the cause of your stress.

A helping hand

Feeling overwhelmed? Book a personalized stress-relief treatment and we’ll help you unwind and reveal your best self. Remember, self-care is not just a luxury – it’s a necessity.

Browse our facial treatment menu here

Call (626) 357-1886 or book here online

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