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 (that’s right, I said it!).

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 3 Simple Steps, you can be well on your way to stress-free skin.


woman_stretching_silhouetteStep 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 peaceful walk can improve your brain-power, boost circulation, decrease tension and keep your inflammation in check. Remember those pro-inflammatory hormones? Say “buh-bye” to those for good. Exercise also gives you endorphins, which improves your mood, boosts your energy, and gives your mind a break from the chaos.

 

sleepStep 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 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 those hours in.

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 outside stimulation that’s keeping you awake until the wee hours of the morning. Can’t go to bed without your favourite 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 de-caffeinated tea before bed.

It may seem like sleep is not that big of a deal, but getting sleep sets the pace for the rest of your day. Wake up refreshed and ready to go for the day, and you’re already a step ahead of stress.

 spaStep 3: Pamper Yourself
Okay… now for the good stuff. Pamper yourself!

Pamper: to indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness. -Dictionary.com

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 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, no matter what they are. 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. Another wonderful tip for calming your stress is to 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!

It’s not always easy being fabulous. All that hard work can cause stress from time to time. No need to panic, though. With a few changes in our daily routine, we can tackle stress like it’s our job, and enjoy the benefits of happy, healthy skin.

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Tips for Radiant Winter Skin

Winter is almost here. Time to pack away your shorts, sandals and swimmers and make room for oversized jackets, boots and lip balm—lots and lots of lip balm. That dry crisp winter air can leave your skin feeling chapped, dehydrated and flaky—an annoying side effect of an otherwise nostalgically joyful season. But never fear, here is a list of dos and don’ts that will leave your skin looking radiant this winter season.

DO

Drink a lot of water. Your skin is your largest organ, and just like any other organ in your body, the cells are made up of water. When you are not getting enough water, your skin will become dehydrated, because the water you do drink travels to all other organs first before it even reaches your skin. So drink up!

 

Choose the right cleanser. Washing your face twice daily with a good moisturising cleanser will prevent your skin from drying out. Our Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser incorporates nourishing anti-oxidants and Vitamin C to gently clean, repair and sooth.

Moisturize daily. Apply an SPF moisturiser in the morning and a hydrating crème before you go to bed. Our Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme, Prevention + Daily Hydrating Moisturiser with SPF 30+ and Body Spa Rejuvenating Body Lotion are a well-balanced trio to keep not just your face, but entire body looking radiant.

Use a humidifier. The drastic change from dry heat used to warm your home, and the cold outside air, will cause your skin to dry out faster. Using a humidifier will allow you to stay warm and retain your skin’s moisture.

DON’T

Take hot showers. Even though a long relaxing shower seems like the best idea on a cold day, your skin will not thank you for it. Your body produces a thin layer of oil to protect the skin and help retain moisture. The hot water causes that oil barrier to soften, allowing moisture to escape, and leaving your skin vulnerable to harsh environmental elements.

 

Use bar soap. As mentioned above, the skin is covered in a thin layer of oil, and bar soap will only strip the barrier leaving your skin irritated and dry. Instead of bar soap, use a body cleanser designed to gently exfoliate and moisturise such as the Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub.

Rub your skin dry. When you get out of the shower, gently pat your skin with a towel. Rubbing will only cause irritation or exasperate other skin conditions such as eczema.

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