Stress. It’s not good for you, y’know? It’s correlated with high blood pressure, heart attacks, sleep disorders, and, as many of us well know, breakouts! And breakouts are extremely stressful, which just makes the whole stress leads to acne thing a never-ending cycle.
So what’s a person seeking clear and radiant skin to do? The truth is, there’s always going to be something to stress about (and this year, the stressful things really keep piling on), so rather than trying to control that which is out of your hands, we recommend finding ways to allow your mind to unwind.
Not sure what is is, or think it’s just for Phishheads? Think again. These days, incense, candles, and aromatherapy oils come in some of the best looking packaging we’ve laid our design-hungry eyes on. After a long day at work (or a quick scroll through your increasingly depressing twitter feed), try lighting some Japanese style Bodha incense in Calm, lying down or sitting still on a pillow, and breathing in and out slowly for a minute or two. Everyone can put aside a minute (and if you can do five or ten, even better), and your mind will feel so much clearer when you’re done. Bad skin be gone!
Work it Out
Between working crazy hours, scheduling in tinder dates or quality time with your significant other, and finding time to eat something moderately healthy, I know exercise can easily get moved to the bottom of the to-do list. So be realistic; with my current life, I’m never going to be able to get in five workouts a week, but it is possible for me to push to get in two. And when I do make the effort, I feel great. There really is nothing else like the endorphin high and mental clarity that comes from getting really sweaty and gross for an hour. Do it, and watch your stress level go down.
Face Mask and Chill
It’s no secret that I have a face mask problem, and my skin has never looked better for it. While there are immediate skin benefits that come from my Matcha & Honey mask routine, there’s also something to be said for the mental space the ritual around it gives me. After I put on a mask, I make sure to luxuriate in those ten or so minutes while it dries, using that time to straight up chill. Masks: good for the body and mind.
Drink Some Tea
A hot cup of tea can be healing on so many levels. For one, sipping something warm and soothing is calming in and of itself. But then add in all the antioxidants and health benefits that come from tea leaves and the various dried fruits and herbs that often accompany them, and you’re drinking a skin saving elixir. Peppermint and chamomile are especially great for relaxation