Stress is something that affects every single part of us, from our skin to our physical health to our mental state. And, unfortunately, its effects aren’t kind…
Cortisol, the hormone that your body releases during periods of stress, leads to everything from wrinkles and acne to depression and anxiety. It’s not a hormone that you want to encourage, making it important to understand how to de-stress for your skin, body, and mind.
Don’t worry, Introstem has your back. Here are our top 10 tips for when you need to dial down those stress levels.
Commit to a Skincare Routine
Here’s something that many don’t know…
One study found that a three-step skincare routine can reduce cortisol levels by 83%. Even better, follow your skincare routine twice a day and you’ll come out of it feeling more confident too. Of course, that’s hardly surprising – great skin can be a confidence booster!
So, what should those three steps in your new skincare routine consist of?
In the study mentioned above, participants used a combination of antioxidants, electrolytes, and sunscreen. That’s exactly what we would recommend doing too.
For a cleanser, give our Stem Cell Mousse Cleanser a try. If you don’t mind adding an extra step into your routine, follow up with our Stem Cell Facial Toner. Then, go with a botanical-rich serum, such as the Introstem Hydro Silk Capsules. The fact that this serum is encapsulated makes each dose all the more potent. Your final step should be a moisturizer/sunscreen, which is where the Stem Cell Active Defense SPF 30 comes in. See – we’ve got you covered!
That’s all it takes to significantly de-stress your skin. Three easy steps, twice a day, and you’ll notice a big reduction in your stress levels.
Commit to an Exercise Routine
Looking for a way to de-stress for your skin, body, and mind as quickly as possible? Go for a jog. If that doesn’t sound appealing, try dancing around your house for 20 minutes – get your heart pumping!
For two reasons. Firstly, experts have known for decades that physical exercise can dramatically relieve stress. Secondly, exercise is a fantastic way to physically de-stress your skin too.
Intrigued? All of that sweating that you’ll do will allow your skin to purge itself of toxins and impurities. That said, make sure that you cleanse after sweating to remove all of this from your skin. If you don’t, it’ll all just sink back down into your pores.
Exercise also gets your blood circulation going. This brings a rosy glow to the skin, while also encouraging optimal skin cell function.
The result of all of this? A calmer mind, a fitter body, and ultra-radiant skin.
Peel Those Layers of Stress Away
Has your skin been looking a little dull and rough lately? If you’ve been feeling stressed out, that’s hardly surprising.
Fortunately, there’s a simple answer. It offers a relatively quick fix that feels oh-so-satisfying too. Your stress levels will dive down!
We’re talking about exfoliation. It’s the best way to remove all of that roughness, allowing you to reveal the fresh and bright-looking skin that lies beneath.
Of course, if you’re feeling stressed out, you’re best off avoiding abrasive scrubs. You don’t want to end up scrubbing too hard and causing damage to the delicate skin on your face. And yes, this happens. More often than you think. It’s called over-exfoliation and it can take several months for your skin to heal.
So, to keep things gentle yet effective enough to truly de-stress for your skin, we would recommend our Stem Cell Facial Peeling. If you’ve never used a peeling product before, you’re in for a treat! This gel-like formula glides onto the skin and gently dislodges all of those rough, older skin cells. The fact that it’s packed with vitamins and hydrating compounds helps to counter the feeling of irritation that your skin could feel, leaving you with that glow you’ve been seeking!
Overhaul Your Diet
Did you know that some foods, such as those high in sugar, could be causing your stress levels to rise? It’s all down to how they mess with your blood sugar levels.
Here’s another one that might surprise you – did you know that certain foods have the opposite effect? They help to calm you down, making it worth adding some of these foods into your diet.
Curious? These are some of the best stress-busting foods out there:
- Dark chocolate
- Fruits that are rich in vitamin C (double up on the vitamin C that you deliver to your skin by combining this dietary change with the Introstem Stem Cell Vitamin C Serum)
- Fatty fish
Treat Yourself to a Spa Facial
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day at the spa to de-stress for your skin and mind. That said, due to the pandemic, many have struggled to enjoy this much-needed ritual, resulting in mounting stress levels.
However, also due to the pandemic, people have been getting more creative at putting together their home spas. Soothing fragrances, dim lighting, soft music, and some luxury skincare products to try – what could be a better way to de-stress your skin?
If you want to indulge in a spa-like sensation, we would recommend adding our ThermoStem Mask to your shopping list for your next at-home spa sesh. This unique formula contains thermal catalysts that cause the mask to heat up as you massage it into your skin. The warming sensation is wonderfully relaxing. Sit back and enjoy it for 15 minutes before rinsing the mask off.
We would recommend following up with your favorite serum and moisturizer.
Try a Facial Massage
Here’s another way to make that at-home spa day we were just talking about even more special…
A facial massage. This is something that you could do for yourself daily. Not only is massage a great way to relieve stress and tension in the body, but how they boost blood flow will keep your skin cells healthier too!
How would you go about doing a facial massage? There are several tutorials online, along with videos to follow along, so we won’t get into that here. However, Introstem’s top tip is to combine your facial massage with your favorite skincare serum or moisturizer. The massage action should help to increase product absorption, making that product more effective than usual.
Experience the Reality of a Wrinkle-Free Face
Want to know what could cheer you up when you’re feeling stressed out?
Looking into the mirror and seeing a wrinkle-free appearance staring back at you.
No, we’re not talking about downloading a special filter on your phone. Instead, we’re referring to the Hydro Age Reforming IV Solution from Introstem. Apply it directly to each line and wrinkle on your face and watch their visibility diminish before your eyes!
Sounds like magic, huh? We’d love to say it is, but we have science to thank for the fast-acting effects of this best-selling formula. The experts here at Introstem have put together a high-performance blend of DMAE, Acetyl Hexapeptide 8, sodium hyaluronate, and several botanical extracts. The combination offers instant, albeit temporary, results.
How long can you expect to enjoy your wrinkle-free appearance?
Usually around 12 hours, or until you wash your face. However, use this product as part of your regular skincare routine and the appearance of your wrinkles should start to permanently fade in no time. This ingredient blend offers both instant and long-term results.
Soak Your Troubles Away
Stress doesn’t just affect the mind. A particularly stressful situation can cause the body to stress up and tense up too, with those muscles going rigid.
In these cases, the best way to de-stress your skin and mind would be to prioritize de-stressing the muscles in your body.
A soothing bath would be a great place to start. The warm water will encourage your muscles to relax, which should immediately help to relieve some of the stress in your mind. Even better, add in a few drops of a stress-busting essential oil, such as lavender, to calm both your mind and your body at the same time.
Once you’re done, turn your attention to your skin. While a long, warm soak may be a great stress-reliever in one sense, it won’t do your skin any favors. Instead, it’ll leave your skin pretty dehydrated.
Don’t worry, you can counter this by slathering a rich body butter all over your body as soon as you’ve patted your skin with a towel. Try to make sure that your skin is still damp when you apply the body butter. This will allow the formula to trap those extra water molecules into your skin, giving you a double dose of hydration.
Don’t have a body butter you love? Try the Introstem Stem Cell Body Butter. It’s loaded with argan oil – that same ingredient loved by the hair care industry for its deeply moisturizing properties.
Sip on a Herbal Tea
This one may sound a little too easy, but hear us out – it does work! Certain herbs contain mind-soothing compounds. Not only that but they’re also packed with vitamins and antioxidants too, making them a great way to de-stress for your skin and body at the same time.
Some of the best herbal teas for stress and anxiety are:
- Green tea
Don’t be afraid to mix and match either! Get creative and put together your unique stress-relieving blend. That’s exactly what we’ve done with our Introstem Stem Cell Night Repair, with the only difference being that this herbal blend is applied topically to the skin, rather than consumed as a tea. In this superstar formula, you’ll find chamomile, green tea, grape, hemp, and many other ingredients that leave the skin feeling soothed.
Try a Breathing Exercise
Many scoff at first, until they’ve given breathing exercises a genuine try. After that, they realize how effective these exercises are at quickly bringing stress levels down.
Again, just like with facial massages, there are several breathing exercise tutorials out there, so we won’t get into the details here. However, what we will say is, in addition to experiencing a calmer mind, you’ll also notice better skin if you regularly commit to the new breathing exercises you learn.
Because breathing exercises strengthen and support blood circulation. This not only gives you an instant glow, but it keeps your skin cells healthier in the long run too.
So, are you now ready to de-stress for your skin, body, and mind? Hopefully, the methods that Introstem has shared with you above will get you on the right track to doing so. Remember – what works for one person may not work for another, so mix and match our various stress-relieving tips until you’ve created a personalized regime that effectively brings your stress levels down.