The Secrets to Stress Free Skin

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I’m Stevie, your West Coast blogger. Look for a new post each week as I dive into the latest and greatest skincare trends and topics!
We’ve all had those hair-pulling, nail-biting, end-of-your-rope kind of days. You know that feeling of… stress. We can’t sleep; we lack of motivation, we get anxious, and experience all kinds of physiological symptoms – including ones to our skin!

When we’re stressed, our body releases pro-inflammatory hormones, which can worsen cases of psoriasis and rosacea, cause 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 respond with breakouts, dryness, sensitivity, and even worse, wrinkles! Even minor effects from stress – a breakout here, a little dryness there – can add up quickly and take a toll on our skin’s overall health.

Don’t worry, there’s no need to stress … IMAGE is here to help. With just 3 Simple Steps, you’ll be well on your way to stress-free skin.

Step 1: Get Moving

Exercise is so important to your health and well-being. As little as 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week of getting your dance on in Zumba class, or going for a brisk walk can improve your brain-power, boost circulation, decrease tension and keep those pro-inflammatory hormones in check. Exercise also gives you endorphins, which improves your mood, boosts your energy, and gives your mind a break from the chaos.

Step 2: Get Some Zzzs

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night when there’s just so much going on during the day, but it’s so important! Stress can actually cause restlessness and lack of sleep.

Stress can actually cause restlessness and lack of sleep, so if you’re having trouble sleeping at night, try turning off your TV and electronic devices an hour before bedtime. This helps calm your mind and free it of all the outside stimulation that’s keeping you awake. Can’t go to bed without your favorite late-night show? Try adjusting the brightness of your screen at bedtime and setting the sleep timer. You can also switch your workout routine to the morning, and drink some hot de-caffeinated tea before bed.

When you wake up refreshed, you’re already a step ahead of stress.

Step 3: Pamper Yourself

Okay, now for the good stuff. Time for some pampering!

If you’re feeling stressed (or even if you’re not), treat yourself to a little at-home luxury. Give your skin some TLC with IMAGE’s Ormedic Line. This line 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. Balance and refresh your skin with Ormedic’s Facial Cleanser, Anti Oxidant Serum, Eye Lift Gel, 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. Or for a quick de-stressor, keep a small bottle of peppermint oil on hand. One whiff of this magical stuff can instantly calm your mind and alleviate stress and tension. Try it some time – it really works!

Our daily lives stress us out from time to time. No need to panic, though. With a few changes in your daily routine, you can tackle stress like a pro and keep your skin happy, healthy and radiant.

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