Stress can show up in the lines and creases of your face, causing the appearance of wrinkles and dull, dry skin. A significant factor in looking and feeling your best is discovering ways to reduce stress that work for you.
My favorite stress reduction techniques are quick and easy, and can be done at home on your own schedule.
The Importance of Learning How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
There’s more than enough stress to go around and it seems like every day, there’s something new to be anxious or worried about. Often, these stressors are legitimately concerning and leave you feeling powerless or out of control.
Learning how to reduce stress and anxiety is an important step in managing your health and wellness on every level, including mind, body, and face. No matter what’s going on in your life, investing a little bit of time in stress reduction techniques can have a monumental positive impact.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Exercise
Exercise is a great two-for-one that not only helps reduce the feelings of anxiety and stress, but also the results of stress that can show up on your face.
The body is made to move, and without regular exercise, tension and worry can creep into your shoulders, chin, and forehead. Daily movement is necessary to keep essential nutrients and oxygen flowing to your vital organs like your brain and lungs.
The skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s not exempt from the benefits of exercise. As your heart rate increases during movement, blood flows through the small capillaries in your skin, bringing oxygen and carrying away waste products.
I like to find easy, at-home exercises that can be done when it’s most convenient for me. Although any type of exercise will help to reduce anxiety, yoga is one of the most effective at utilizing movement, breathing, and meditation to let stress melt away.
Keep Up Your Beauty Routine
Being overwhelmed and stressed may make it seem like you have less time for your normal skincare routine, or perhaps any skincare routine at all. Don’t be so quick to drop your daily skincare routine when times start to get tough.
Keeping your skin exfoliated and hydrated can help you feel better physically, which in turn results in a reduction of anxiety. Continuing your beauty routine when stressors start to overwhelm you can help you stay grounded. Cleansing your face twice a day is a great way to prepare your skin to better accept your products in the morning and reduce the pollutants on your skin in the evening.
Each morning taking an extra minute to do a lymphatic massage using my Hyla-Peptide Serum is a great way to reduce the edema and puffiness that develops from sleep and infusing this hyaluronic enhancer into your skin. This quick morning massage not only will make your nighttime swelling disappear, the product will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while supporting your collagen.
In the evening after cleaning your skin, infusing a serum with antioxidants helps neutralize the damaging free radicals your skin encounters each day. The best antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, Green Tea and Ferulic Acid. These are found in my Sustenance along with a beta hydroxy acid. I recommend applying this serum at night while your skin is at rest and has the ability to absorb all of these important nutrients. In the morning, you will see how your skin has transformed!
I offer a wide variety of specially formulated skincare products that are designed to bring out the best in your skin. I can help you develop a skincare routine from start to finish that uses only the purest, most effective ingredients to help reduce the appearance of stress on your face.
Get Some Safe Sun
The sun is the most efficient source of Vitamin D, a nutrient critical for your physical and mental wellness. If you’re feeling anxious, cooped up, or worried, a little sunshine may be all you need to chase away the stress for a short while.
Open your windows while at home and make sure you’re letting plenty of natural light in. If you have a backyard or patio, head outside for a bit of fresh air too. Remember that although Vitamin D can be obtained by consuming food rich in it such as egg yolks, salmon and mackerel to name a few, we usually don’t eat enough and need our bodies to produce its own. The process of skin generating Vitamin D as a result of sun exposure is good for you, however the sun still has the power to severely damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer if you aren’t properly protected while enjoying the sunshine. You don’t need to expose your face to the sun, which only leads to aging skin. Exposing the skin on your arms or legs for a short duration of 10 – 30 minutes three times a week can be enough sun needed for conversion of Vitamin D. However, remember to always wear sunscreen.
I recommend my specially formulated SolarEclipse Matte and SolarEclipse Riche sunscreens. Zinc oxides and micronized titanium protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and are suspended in a non-greasy silicone gel for the ultimate lightweight sun protection. They contain enough SPF to protect your skin from damage while still allowing for the synthesis of critical Vitamin D.
Schedule Quiet Time
Having quiet time to yourself to process the feelings of stress, anxiety, and worry is imperative to your mental wellness. Even when life is hectic at home and new stressors seem to come your way every day, it’s important to make at least a little time to decompress with quiet relaxation time.
Use headphones to play white noise if total silence doesn’t work for you. Allow yourself to experience the negative emotions of stress and worry, but don’t hold on to them. Acknowledge their presence and then allow yourself to separate from those emotions so they can be processed objectively. Try deep breathing 4 to 5 times while holding your breath at the peak of inhalation for 2 to 3 seconds. When you do this, be aware of any parts of your body that feel tense and release that tension on exhalation.
Are Your Skincare Products Helping to Reduce Your Stress?
The right skincare products can be part of a daily routine to help keep stress and anxiety at bay. Make sure you’re using the best products for your skin type that have been specially formulated by a physician for safety and efficacy.
You can order any of my products and have them shipped directly to you by calling our office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST at (201) 505-1020.