Even if you think you're good at internalizing stress and anxiety, they may take a bigger toll (and be more apparent) than you realize. Stress and anxiety trigger the body to produce higher volumes of a stress hormone called cortisol. “Cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress, is the natural enemy of collagen, breaking down the connective tissue that keeps your complexion taut and firm.” Cortisol makes skin more sensitive and exacerbates skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Stress can also reduce the body's production of hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin hydrated. Unfortunately, continued production of cortisol makes it more difficult for skin problems to clear up. While you can't always control the sources of stress and anxiety in your life, you can at least find ways to manage it.
Aromatherapy uses candles, essential oils, and bath products to ease tensions and alleviate anxiety. Aromatherapy can increase your levels of contentment, lower levels of cortisol, and lower your levels of stress and anxiety. One scent that's considered to be especially therapeutic is lavender, which promotes a good night's rest in addition to relieving stress.
Another effective tool for reducing stress levels is CBD oil, or “cannabidiol.” CBD is one of several compounds and products that come for the marijuana plant. What is confusing to some people, and often misunderstood, is that “coming from the cannabis family, most people believe hemp is marijuana. It’s not. Hemp is cannabis and marijuana is also cannabis, but hemp is not marijuana. Hemp oil has gotten a bad reputation from most people and we want to clear the air around the misconceptions about this botanical." Hemp comes from the seeds and fibers of the marijuana plant. It is not the flowering bud, which contains the compound THC that produces a “high.” Hemp and CBD both have barely traceable levels of THC. They don't produce a high. Hemp is legal nationwide, and CBD is legal in many places where marijuana isn't. Both CBD and hemp have widespread health benefits.
Sometimes, talking to a therapist or a counselor is an effective solution for stress management. A therapist can help you identify your sources of stress and learn to cope with them. Therapy is also beneficial for finding healthy coping mechanisms that can be practiced regularly to mitigate stress. A therapist can also provide a personalized stress management plan, which may be more effective than trying to self-prescribe a generic solution.
Practicing meditation, even for as little as 10 minutes a day, can have a significant positive impact on your health. Training your body to enter a state of deep relaxation that decreases blood pressure, metabolism, breathing rate, and pulse can improve your mood, reduce your stress levels, and restore skin to its normal natural glory.
For many people, stress and anxiety are a fact of life. The causes of stress are many, and include job loss, starting or stopping school, ending a marriage or relationship, and worrying about finances. While you're busy worrying about those problems, stress can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, there are simple and effective techniques, ranging from natural products like CBD oil to visiting a counselor, that keep stress at a minimum.
If you are finding that your skin is suffering from the stress in your life, use some of our products, like our foundation, to return your lovely glow until you can get your stress managed. You’ll be so happy that you did!