How to Relieve Stress Through Skincare
Are you constantly criticized for spending too much time in the bathroom?
Well, we've got scientific proof that all that self-pampering time is doing you, your skin, and your mental health the world of good! According to science, following a skincare routine can dramatically reduce stress levels.
So, the next time anyone says anything, pipe back with that! Show them not to mess with this self-care smartie!
Ready to reap all the stress-relieving benefits of skincare? Let's get started!
#1: Unwind with a Face Mask
An easy way to de-stress at the end of the night is by applying a soothing face mask. Whether it's a breakout-banishing mask or hydrating mask, choose the mask that suits your skin type and your skin's needs.
Take the 20 minutes waiting time to relax with a book, journal, or your fave Friends episode. Besides instantly melting away tensions and unease, face masking works wonders for addressing skin concerns like acne breakouts, dry skin, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Try our moisturizing + repairing Vegan Collagen Face Mask to tackle dryness, discoloration, and signs of aging. Or heal stress-related breakouts with our Hemp Jelly Anti-Blemish Face Mask. Make the experience even better by draping cucumber slices over closed eyes. And get ready to feel the effects of stress melting away...
#2: Give Yourself a Face Massage
Studies have shown that a gentle touch on the facial skin can improve both your mood and your skin's appearance. It can also stimulate blood flow and encourage skin cell renewal to give your skin a nice, natural glow.
At the end of every day, take a couple of minutes to massage your face and neck with a nourishing facial oil like our Blueberry Kush CBD Face Oil. It's a great stress-relief tactic that feels amazing!
#3: Set up a Structured System For Your Face
Most people generally thrive on structure and routine. And that's something you can easily apply to your skincare routine.
According to psychiatrist Dr. Galyna Selezneva, everyday routines and small acts of self-care may be exactly what you need.
"It feels that every single aspect of our lives has been disrupted right now and that lack of routine can easily lead to increased anxiety and stress," says Selezneva. "So, it's no wonder that skincare routines have proven to be such a popular and positive factor – they allow people to feel in control of their daily life, which is always calming and reassuring."
Besides making you feel in control, a solid skincare routine promotes a strong skin barrier and ultimately excellent skin health.
Invest in a few skincare products like cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, and stick to a routine that works for you. It won't be long before those cortisol levels start sinking.
#4: Get Familiar with Skincare Ingredients
As an educated consumer, you'll ultimately become an empowered consumer since you'll be purchasing products you know will be likely to yield the desired results. Save yourself the stress of wasting your hard-earned cash on products that don't work by learning more about skincare ingredients.
The best ones to look out for in your beauty products include retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and antioxidants.
Retinol is a gold-tier anti-aging ingredient that spurs cell turnover and boosts collagen production for smoother, firmer, plumper skin. Vitamin C is a well-known complexion brightener. Hyaluronic acid is typically found in serums and lotions designed to hydrate. While the other acids serve the purpose of exfoliating away dead skin cells and excess sebum for smoother, clearer, brighter skin. As for antioxidants, you'll usually find them in products that protect and restore youth.
#5: Infuse Your Fave Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a great mood-booster to incorporate into your beauty ritual any time you feel your stress hormones taking over.
Choose gentle products with natural fragrances (essential oils) like lavender, peppermint, or rose to calm your nerves and de-stress your mind.
#6: Show Your Body Some Attention
Kudos for showing your face more love! But what about the rest of your body? That needs attention too.
From your shaving routine to your post-shower moisturizing sesh, be sure to show your body some love with some ultra-nourishing, sweet-scented body care products. And really pay attention to how these products feel as you massage them into your skin. It should feel incredible!
Try our Smooth Legend Kit to get the smoothest, silkiest shave of your life. Finish up with our iconic Unicorn Fruit Whipped Body Butter to moisturize, plump, and soothe your skin from shoulder to toe. Plus, you'll smell like freshly baked cake! Yum!
#7: Pay a Visit to Your Dermatologist
While visit a derm may not sound like much of a way to relieve stress, getting your thoughts and concerns out on the table will.
Whether you've got a skin condition like rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, or you're simply looking for guidance on your skincare regimen, seeking advice is an empowering action. Plus, it'll put any worries you have aside.
Your dermatologist will be able to offer their professional opinion, and may prescribe products, medication, or supplements to help with your condition.
We all know the importance of getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and doing plenty of exercise. They're the obvious ones! What few of us realize is that something as simple as skincare has the power to sink our stress levels and get us back on track.
Even the simple act of following a daily skincare routine can be enough to help you feel more in control, organized, and prepared.
So, if you want to do something good for yourself this year, make skincare a priority. From making more time for masking to following an established routine to seeking help from a professional, all of these steps can help alleviate your surging stress levels and make you feel amazzzzing again!