Whether it is finals week, work deadlines, or the unfulfilling finale of your favorite television series, we have all experienced stress. And let’s face it, stress shows on our skin: whether in the form of dark under-eye circles, unsightly breakouts, or even premature aging, stress has no mercy. It is time to fight back.
When the body experiences stress it releases a certain hormone known as Cortisol. Cortisol adversely affects the immune system and eventually leads to a higher degree of inflammation, which often leads to "stress acne." As if pimples aren’t bad enough, scientists have recently found a link to stress and aging. According to a recent Washington Post article, "Chronic stress appears to hasten the shriveling of the tips of bundles of genes inside cells, which shortens their life span and speeds the body’s deterioration." Luckily, there is no need to stress about stress.
One great way to relieve stress is through the age-old practice of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of using specific scents to enhance psychological well-being. Next time you’re feeling irritable, try rubbing a little lavender oil on your temples; its soothing scent helps to relax the mind and body. Plus, lavender oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties are great for skin. Feeling anxious or a little down in the dumps? Bergamot oil is the perfect scent to lighten the mood. Try Rosemary oil to help with exhaustion and citrus for a sunny burst of happiness. Your skin will surely thank you.
Here’s another stress-saver tip: go double-duty with products that combine the sense-sational benefits of aromatherapy with other skin-smoothing ingredients. For instance, HappyMe’s Natural Acne Healing Moisturizer uses a combination of aromatherapy, acne-fighters, moisturizers, and even SPF 15, so skin is smooth, healthy, and extra-odor-nary all day long.