HOW TO ACHIEVE STRESS FREE SKIN
Ever have one of those hair-pulling, nail-biting, last thread, end-of-the-rope kind of days? We’ve all been there… it’s when those days begin to pile up that we start feeling an unnecessary and certainly unwelcome emotion called... stress. As a result, we experience lack of sleep, lack of motivation, anxiety and a number of physiological symptoms. What many of us don’t think about is that stress can seriously take a toll on our skin. When we’re stressed, our body releases pro-inflammatory hormones, which can worsen cases of psoriasis and rosacea, cause inflammation and persistent breakouts, dry our skin out and impair our skin-barrier function, leaving our skin vulnerable to irritants, allergens and infections.
BOTTOM LINE: Stressing out causes our skin to stress, and we all know what happens when our skin is stressed—breakouts, dryness, sensitivity or even worse—wrinkles!
Most of us are lucky enough to experience minor effects from stress–a breakout here, a little dryness there–we often don’t realize our skin is feeling the effects of stress. It’s important to remember that these minor lapses in our skin’s condition can add up quickly, taking a toll on our skin’s overall health. Don’t worry, there’s no need to stress… IMAGE is here to help. With just three simple steps you can be well on your way to stress-free skin.
STEP 1: GET MOVING
Exercise is extremely important to your health and well-being. As little as 30 minutes per day, three to four times per week can improve your brain-power, boost circulation, decrease tension and keep your inflammation in check. Exercise also gives you endorphins, which improves your mood, boosts your energy and gives your mind a break from the chaos of everyday life.
STEP 2: GET SOME ZZZS
Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night when there’s just so many good (or bad) things going on during the day! Stress can actually cause restlessness and lack of sleep. To combat current stress and keep it away for good, it’s important to get eight full hours in.
Having trouble sleeping at night? Try turning off your TV and electronic devices an hour before bedtime. This helps to calm your mind and free it of the outside stimulation that could be keeping you awake. Can’t go to bed without your favorite late-night show? Try adjusting the brightness of your screen at bedtime. Still having trouble falling asleep? Switch your workout routine to the morning, and drink some warm decaffeinated tea before bed.
It may seem like sleep isn’t that big of a deal, but getting sleep sets the pace for the rest of your day. Wake up refreshed, and you’re more equipped to deal with stress.
STEP 3: PAMPER YOURSELF
Okay… now for the good stuff. Pamper yourself!
PAMPER: To indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness.
That’s an order! If you’re feeling stressed (or even if you’re not), treat yourself to a little at-home pampering. Give your skin some TLC with our Ormedic Collection. This collection of skincare products is clinically proven to repair and rebalance skin for a stunning, moisturized look and feel. Ormedic is also effective for all skin types, which makes it perfect for undoing those signs of stress, no matter what they are. Balance and refresh your skin with our Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Anti-Oxidant Serum, and Balancing Gel Masque.
STILL FEELING STRESSED?
If you’re in need of some serious TLC, make an appointment for a full body massage, or spend some time in your spa’s steam room. Another wonderful tip for calming your stress is to keep a small bottle of peppermint oil on hand. One whiff can instantly calm your mind and alleviate stress and tension.
With a few changes in your daily routine, you can tackle stress and enjoy the benefits of happy, healthy skin.