By Jodi Truglio
Feeling like your summer vacation can’t come soon enough? Dreading the daily commute to work? Got someone in your life who’s hard to deal with? Join the club!
Everyone experiences stress to some degree. In fact, recent studies in the UK show that 74 percent of us have felt so stressed or overwhelmed at some point during the course of a year, we felt unable to cope. Even more shockingly, out of those people who reported feeling the most stressed, 51 percent also confessed to feeling depressed, and 61 percent reported feeling anxious.
There are some simple things we can do to reduce stress; but the truth is, few of us do them. For example, the following have all been proven to be effective reducers of stress:
- Reducing the amount of news we consume
- Limiting time spent on our mobile phones
- Practicing yoga, meditation, and/or controlled breathing
- Keeping a journal
- Going for a massage
- Sitting up straight and inhaling deeply
- Spending more time in nature and sunshine
- Having sex
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Practising gratitude
- Petting your cat or dog
Instinctively, you know this is all true, right? So why not do it more often? Make a point to do at least three of these things a day, and you’re guaranteed to feel calmer.
It all kind of boils down to self-love: you are the only constant in your own life, and that ‘you’ deserves to be taken care of. Beauty rituals are one way to do that: they entail making some time and space for yourself;. When you shut out the rest of the world and take a few minutes to care for yourself, you’re making the statement: I am worthy. And nothing else matters.
These 10 anti stress beauty products can help you with that. Remember, sometimes all it takes is the smallest act of self-love to make a world a difference on a dark day.
10 Anti Stress Beauty Products That Really Work
Rooted in the traditions of Ayurveda, UMA’s formulas are created to restore inner balance and outer radiance for total wellbeing. Just a few drops is all it takes for the Roman chamomile and lavender essential oil to calm tension while grounding Vetiver essential oil centers the wearer. Of all the anti stress beauty products here, this may well be the simplest to use, yet one of the most potent!
To use: Massage 4-5 drops of the wellness oil between your toes, onto the bottom of your feet, pulse points, temples, behind the ears, or all five for the ultimate experience. Take a deep inhale from your hands to enjoy the aromatic experience.
Whether you have been on your feet working all day or chasing small children, there is nothing better than relaxing with a nice soak to ease sore feet.
Made with pure, raw, vegan ingredients, this deeply relaxing soak’s combination of algae, therapeutic oils and purifying mineral sea ingredients revitalize and help offset the effects of the stressors of modern life, such as environmental toxicity and overuse of cellphones and laptops.
To use: Drink one or two glasses of pure water before and after the soak, to stay hydrated. Fill the tub and sprinkle the entire contents of the packet into the water. Stir to ensure the salts fully dissolve. Soak your feet or your entire body in the tub for up to 30 minutes. At the end, do not rinse – algae can remain active for 12 hours. Immediately wrap yourself in a towel and “Sweat and Rest” under a warm blanket for 15-30 minutes while the algae continues to purify. For best results, use two times per week.
This all-natural massage candle melts down to a deeply nourishing oil scented with the finest Rose de Mai from Grasse. Due to its low melting point, the oil is ready to use on your skin after 5 to 10 minutes of burn time. The therapeutic combination of beeswax, coconut and soybean oils are packed with omegas, vitamins and minerals, and help to soften dry, tired skin, whilst the floral fragrance soothes frayed nerves.
To use: Light the candle for 5 to 10 minutes until a whole layer of wax has melted. Apply the warm oil to any part of the body or face in need of deep hydration. Massage the oil into the skin, or better yet – have someone do it for you!
A stressful day can wreak havoc on everything from the skin to your muscles, so we suggest adding a capful of Aromatherapy Associates’ oil to your shower or bath to help unwind after a particularly long day.
This therapeutic aromatherapy formula contains rich frankincense, comforting chamomile and refreshing rosemary essential oils to help dissipate anxiety and improve clarity, whilst stimulating circulation, cellular health, and digestion. The floral scent of English chamomile has natural anti-inflammatory benefits too.
To use: Add a capful to your bath and deeply inhale the fragrance, or spread it all over your body to release the scent before showering..
There’s just something about the smell of certain flowers that has the power to calm the mind of restless thoughts, as Katie Hess, the founder of Lotus Wei, knows full well. She designed this formula specifically to diminish feelings of being rushed or overwhelmed.
To use: Simply mist it above and around your face or whenever you feel you need a little boost of self-love, or spray your sheets, pillows, bedroom, or office during stressful times.
Raise your hand if one of your self-love rituals is immersing yourself in a nice, hot bath with a good book and a glass of wine? Whilst that’s relaxing enough on its own, adding some of this blend of Siberian fir needle, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary and other essential oils takes any bathing ritual to a whole other level.
To use: Just add half a capful of Olverum’s super concentrated bath oil to warm running water. Stir up the bath to release the oil’s scent. Relax, restore, renew!
For anyone who has sensitive skin and suffers from stress related rashes, this mask is going to quickly become your skin’s new best friend.
Youth to the People have managed make an anti stress beauty product that’s just bursting with adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms such as ashwagandha, rhodiola, reishi and Holy Basil. They’re not only great for soothing irritated skin, but they also pull double duty as powerful Ayurvedic healing herbs that are used to treat stress and anxiety.
To use: Apply to clean skin and let sit for 15-20 mins. Whilst waiting for the mask to work, why not engage in a bit of meditation or deep breathing?
Have you ever found yourself struggling to fall asleep due to feelings of stress and anxiety? Trust me, you are not alone, we have all been there – sometimes we become so preoccupied with deadlines or to do lists, sleep is the last activity our bodies seem capable of.
A good aromatherapeutic pillow spray, like this one featuring Lavender, Vetiver and Wild Camomile oils, is a great alternative to taking medication or herbal supplements.
To use: Lightly mist the spray on your pillow when you’re ready for bed and let the aromatherapy do its thing.
We all know that when we’re stressed our body releases stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – which can wreak havoc on our bodies, minds and skin. In fact, the longer the skin cells produce cortisol, the more our skin stops working efficiently, resulting in redness, inflammation and a tired look.
The House of Aenea has learned that neurophroline, which comes from the wild indigo plant, can help. It activates the release of a calming neuropeptide that inhibits our stress responses, and it’s the main ingredient in this potent, all natural (and vegan friendly) anti stress beauty product.
To use: Apply to clean skin, day or night as needed.
An eye pillow is one of the easiest ways to add a little calm in your life, and it is also one of the cheaper anti stress beauty products on our list. Whispering Willow makes theirs with organic lavender flowers, which give a delicate, calming aroma, and organic flax, which provides light acupressure to the face. Their pillow beautifully blocks out light, so you can focus on the rhythm of your breath as you relax.
To use: Cover your eyes with the pillow, lie down, and do some deep breathing. This is also a great eye pillow for those who suffer from migraines.
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