Many women ask us about products meant to slow or stop the power aging has over our body and face. Some of their complaints are the lines from the nose to the mouth, the lines across the forehead and right above the bridge of the nose, dark circles under the eyes. Really, a significant component in the visible signs of aging is stress.
In a very real manner, stress affects how your body (including your skin) feels and looks. Stress is the system that wakes you up in the very early hours of the morning and won’t let you go back to sleep. Stress is what you see when you glance at a mirror and realize you are frowning. There are stress hormones that come in to play when you go through a difficult time with your family or on the job. In many women’s lives stress is a daily fact of life, something that is almost unavoidable. The good news is that it is not unstoppable. There are thing you can do to help your body relax even if you cannot stop the source of the stress.
Laugh – Yes, that old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is actually true. What can you do to keep some laughter in your life? Subscribe to a cartoon or joke of the day so it shows up in your inbox along with work and gives your mood a tiny lift. Get an app with amusing videos or jokes on your smart phone and use it when you have unavoidable down time like waiting at the dentist’s office.
Meditate – Of course we know you’re short of time and busy, busy, busy. Take ten minutes at night when you are lying down to sleep and follow a meditation meant for calming relaxation. What can that really do? It can change your pre-sleep thoughts and mood so that you sleep longer and more fully.
Exercise – If you can join a gym or a walking group, do so. Follow through and keep going regularly, your heart will thank you for it. If you don’t have the time or energy, just make a point of walking a little more and getting up from a seated position more often. Walk over to a window and look out. Walk down a hallway and back.
Lastly, we have two products we recommend if the stress in your life is starting to show in your face. The first is Peptide6® to fight fine lines and wrinkles with the body’s own methods. The second is RefreshMe™ under-eye cream for dark circles. Both can help you look less stressed as you work on finding ways to relax more.