As the leaves begin to change and crisp fall air begins to blow, it’s normal to feel a bit uneasy. No matter what is on your mind, our skin has a way of showing how we’re feeling, especially stress. How do we avoid walking around revealing our inner emotions? Watch out for these five skin clues to keep you looking stress-free and flawless.
We all aspire to have glowing skin each and every day, but it doesn’t always work out. When we’re stressed, our skin is everything but glowing. Stress “can cause your skin to look dull, your face to lose volume”, and cause fine lines.
Solution: Paired with your favorite natural stress-reliever (yoga, meditation, running, etc.), use natural products that boosts your skin’s radiance. Look for a product with Edelweiss Flower Plant Stem Cells, clinically proven to increase skin luminosity by 325% after just 40 days. Look no further: try the Ogee Seeds of Youth Serum to boost your natural radiance and luminosity.
Tossing and turning all night long? Stress fills our nights with pondering, worry, and adding to our never-ending mental to-do-list (we’re all guilty of that one). Beauty sleep? Yeah right. We wake up with puffiness and under-eye bags. Since we all can’t be celebrities like Anna Wintour and make sunglasses inside completely fabulous, we need to tame those tired eyes.
Solution: There are lots of natural ways to reduce the look of tired eyes. Dehydration is one of the biggest causes, so drink one cup of water before your morning coffee. Add a slice of lemon for a refreshing twist. Tired eyes are caused by inflammation, but how do you stop it? Let’s take a more luxurious twist to the popular ice method, shall we? Chill rose water (about 20 minutes in the refrigerator), soak cotton balls in the chilled petal infused liquid. Place the cotton over your eyes for approximately 5-10 minutes to reduce the look of puffiness. You’ll smell, feel, and look fresh all-day long.
Bright blush might have been popular in the 80’s, but we’ve all moved on. Stress triggers a ‘flight or fight’ response in the body, which releases stress hormones into the bloodstream. As our anxious emotions begin to flow, our capillaries begin to expand causing an increase of blood flow to the face. This causes facial redness, which is perfectly normal, so no need to panic! However, red patches on the face makes the skin look uneven and inflamed.
Solution: Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, a dermatologist and director of the Skin Specialty Group and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in NYC explains how to tame red skin flare ups. Make a simple mask by combining one of the following: a clay mask, honey, cucumber, chamomile tea bags (brewed), or Aloe Vera and apply directly to the skins red areas. Looking for a daily redness fix? Replace harsh, surfactant and alcohol based cleansers with better-for-you alternatives, such as products rich in Aloe Vera, like Ogee Daily Cleansing Cloths that contain Aloe Vera Juice to maximize redness relief.
We’ve all been there. A big meeting, a blind date, or family is coming to town when, BAM, a red bump appears. When we are stressed, our cells produce sebum, an “oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple”. Even washing your face ten times a day would not suffice and leave you dry and flakey. We know that stress causes acne, so how do we eliminate stress?
Solution: There are many ways to reduce stress, so keep trying until you find one that is just right for you! Maybe it’s yoga, morning meditations, or try switching up your diet to include more plant based foods and less fats, processed foods and dairy. Looking for moisturizing products that won’t clog your pores? Try products with Jojoba Oil, it’s not an oil but rather a wax ester that is similar to the natural oils of our skin. Jojoba is used to control acne breakouts by tricking your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil, therefore balancing oil production. Jojoba Oil also inspires moisturization through the day for dry skin types. Try Jojoba Restore Face Oil to tame your stress-induced oil production.
With the dropping temperatures outside, it’s easy to see the effects it’s having on our skin inside, especially with the help of a magnifying mirror. But why does our skin turn dry and flaky when we are feeling stressed? Peter Elias, MD, a dermatology professor at the University of California San Francisco explains that “chronic stress increases the hormone, cortisol which decreases skin’s ability to retain water.”
Solution: How do we stop the drying of our pores? Use organic products with Jojoba Oil to instantly moisturize and restore for healthy, glowing skin. Full of essential oils and antioxidants, Jojoba Restore Face Oil replenishes and hydrates to dramatically improve your skin's complexion. Looking for more tips on how to combat dryness? Learn more on The Daily Good.