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Stressed Out?

Here’s how to decompress

During these trying times, it’s no surprise that you’re likely stressed out. It can be hard to focus on the positive when we’re dealing with the unknown — a pandemic that has caused us to radically change our way of life for the unforeseeable future. But, this doesn’t mean you have to live in worry or fear or even constant stress. It is incredibly important to remember that you are in charge of the content you consume and the way you react to it. But, we know that it can be difficult, especially when you are trying to remain as informed as possible. To help alleviate some of the stress, here are some of our top tips to decompress.

EXERCISE

Take a moment out of your day to exercise! It’s amazing for reducing stress as this simple act of getting your body moving releases endorphins or “feel good” chemicals that boost your mood. It’s an easy way to reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling accomplished. Some of our favorite free at-home workouts are from Whitney Simmons, Fitness Blender, Blogilates, and Heather Robertson or you can just head out the door for a nice walk or bike outside.

MEDITATE

For a large majority of people, meditation is an amazing stress reliever. The simple act of focusing and concentrating helps us to challenge ourselves by facing our stress head-on. It gives us a moment to relax, taking a break from all of the chaos that surrounds us. You don’t have to be a meditation guru to get started. Just simply, close your eyes, relax, and pay attention to your breathing. Doing this at least one to two times a week is an effective way to decompress.

WATCH A MOVIE

Sometimes distraction is the best way to go! Put on your favorite TV show or movie and take a break from overthinking. Laughing can actually help to relieve your stress and level out your mood so try to opt for something lighthearted!

DECREASE YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE

Believe it or not, stress is not all mental it can actually physically affect the body as well. When we’re stressed out our body responds by increasing cortisol levels which can impact your mood, your blood pressure, and your overall central nervous system. While this may be ok from time to time, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, digestive issues, and when it comes to your skin increased acne and sallowness. Where does caffeine come in? Well, high amounts of caffeine can also increase your cortisol levels leaving you feeling a bit stressed. We’re not saying you need to skip caffeine entirely but try to keep your caffeine intake to a minimum.

INDULGE IN SELF-CARE

Taking a moment to practice some self-care will help you to relax and focus on pampering yourself. Our favorite self-care routine is our skincare routine, of course! It’s a great way to give yourself some TLC and get your skin looking right. Here are two of our favorite self-care hacks:

1. Layer on some of our Rice Cleansing Sorbet and give yourself a gentle, lymphatic massage. You can use your hands or a gua sha to sweep up your neck, cheeks, and forehead in a gentle origin to insertion motion to reduce puffiness and help to lift and firm the skin. Be sure to rinse with warm water to rid the skin of impurities leaving it feeling clean, plump, and refreshed.

2. You can also skip on the sheet mask and do your own at-home DIY mask. It’s super simple — take a few cotton rounds (try to use reusable ones whenever possible!) and soak them in our Bitter Green Essence Toner. You can also add in a few drops of serum either our Tomato Serum for brightening or our Bell Pepper Serum to soothe inflammation. Apply the cotton rounds to your face in the areas that need the most love. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for max hydration!

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

EXERCISE

Take a moment out of your day to exercise! It’s amazing for reducing stress as this simple act of getting your body moving releases endorphins or “feel good” chemicals that boost your mood. It’s an easy way to reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling accomplished. Some of our favorite free at-home workouts are from Whitney Simmons, Fitness Blender, Blogilates, and Heather Robertson or you can just head out the door for a nice walk or bike outside.

MEDITATE

For a large majority of people, meditation is an amazing stress reliever. The simple act of focusing and concentrating helps us to challenge ourselves by facing our stress head-on. It gives us a moment to relax, taking a break from all of the chaos that surrounds us. You don’t have to be a meditation guru to get started. Just simply, close your eyes, relax, and pay attention to your breathing. Doing this at least one to two times a week is an effective way to decompress. 

WATCH A MOVIE

Sometimes distraction is the best way to go! Put on your favorite TV show or movie and take a break from overthinking. Laughing can actually help to relieve your stress and level out your mood so try to opt for something lighthearted!

DECREASE YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE

Believe it or not, stress is not all mental it can actually physically affect the body as well. When we’re stressed out our body responds by increasing cortisol levels which can impact your mood, your blood pressure, and your overall central nervous system. While this may be ok from time to time, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, digestive issues, and when it comes to your skin increased acne and sallowness. Where does caffeine come in? Well, high amounts of caffeine can also increase your cortisol levels leaving you feeling a bit stressed. We’re not saying you need to skip caffeine entirely but try to keep your caffeine intake to a minimum.

Max Hydration

We can’t get enough of this veggie and its ability to douse the skin with hydration. This is thanks to the high levels of electrolytes including magnesium and potassium. You can think of it as a Gatorade shot to the skin that helps to improve the skin’s moisture levels leaving it plump with hydration. Proper hydration is a must when you’re dealing with sensitive skin as it helps to regulate barrier function. When you have sensitive skin, you’re prone to a weak barrier that leaves your skin susceptible to environmental stressors that can cause redness and inflammation. Another layer of protection comes in the form of capsaicinoids, a chemical compound found in Bell Peppers that when used topically, is effective in reducing inflammation and redness particularly for those with compromised skin conditions like psoriasis. Bell Pepper is there to soothe and protect your skin.

Gentle Vitamin C Alternative

If you’ve got sensitive skin, you know how hard it is to find brightening and exfoliating ingredients that will do their job without causing unnecessary irritation. Bell Pepper is a great source of natural Vitamin C that can help to even your skin tone and increase collagen production. The gentle traces of vitamin C work to brighten — diminishing dark marks and hyperpigmentation while providing an instant soothing effect. Vitamin C is also an excellent source for collagen production and protection as the antioxidants that help to fight photo-aging and protect the collagen you already have while increasing collagen production within the body.

INDULGE IN SELF-CARE

Taking a moment to practice some self-care will help you to relax and focus on pampering yourself. Our favorite self-care routine is our skincare routine, of course! It’s a great way to give yourself some TLC and get your skin looking right. Here are two of our favorite self-care hacks:

1. Layer on some of our Rice Cleansing Sorbet and give yourself a gentle, lymphatic massage. You can use your hands or a gua sha to sweep up your neck, cheeks, and forehead in a gentle origin to insertion motion to reduce puffiness and help to lift and firm the skin. Be sure to rinse with warm water to rid the skin of impurities leaving it feeling clean, plump, and refreshed.

2. You can also skip on the sheet mask and do your own at-home DIY mask. It’s super simple — take a few cotton rounds (try to use reusable ones whenever possible!) and soak them in our Bitter Green Essence Toner. You can also add in a few drops of serum either our Tomato Serum for brightening or our Bell Pepper Serum to soothe inflammation. Apply the cotton rounds to your face in the areas that need the most love. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for max hydration!

LONG STORY SHORT

Stress doesn’t have to take over. Take a breather, relax, and utilize one of these options to help you further decompress. This too shall pass!😉

EXERCISE

Take a moment out of your day to exercise! It’s amazing for reducing stress as this simple act of getting your body moving releases endorphins or “feel good” chemicals that boost your mood. It’s an easy way to reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling accomplished. Some of our favorite free at-home workouts are from Whitney Simmons, Fitness Blender, Blogilates, and Heather Robertson or you can just head out the door for a nice walk or bike outside.

MEDITATE

For a large majority of people, meditation is an amazing stress reliever. The simple act of focusing and concentrating helps us to challenge ourselves by facing our stress head-on. It gives us a moment to relax, taking a break from all of the chaos that surrounds us. You don’t have to be a meditation guru to get started. Just simply, close your eyes, relax, and pay attention to your breathing. Doing this at least one to two times a week is an effective way to decompress.

WATCH A MOVIE

Sometimes distraction is the best way to go! Put on your favorite TV show or movie and take a break from overthinking. Laughing can actually help to relieve your stress and level out your mood so try to opt for something lighthearted!

DECREASE YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE

Believe it or not, stress is not all mental it can actually physically affect the body as well. When we’re stressed out our body responds by increasing cortisol levels which can impact your mood, your blood pressure, and your overall central nervous system. While this may be ok from time to time, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, digestive issues, and when it comes to your skin increased acne and sallowness. Where does caffeine come in? Well, high amounts of caffeine can also increase your cortisol levels leaving you feeling a bit stressed. We’re not saying you need to skip caffeine entirely but try to keep your caffeine intake to a minimum.

INDULGE IN SELF-CARE

Taking a moment to practice some self-care will help you to relax and focus on pampering yourself. Our favorite self-care routine is our skincare routine, of course! It’s a great way to give yourself some TLC and get your skin looking right. Here are two of our favorite self-care hacks:

1. Layer on some of our Rice Cleansing Sorbet and give yourself a gentle, lymphatic massage. You can use your hands or a gua sha to sweep up your neck, cheeks, and forehead in a gentle origin to insertion motion to reduce puffiness and help to lift and firm the skin. Be sure to rinse with warm water to rid the skin of impurities leaving it feeling clean, plump, and refreshed.

2. You can also skip on the sheet mask and do your own at-home DIY mask. It’s super simple — take a few cotton rounds (try to use reusable ones whenever possible!) and soak them in our Bitter Green Essence Toner. You can also add in a few drops of serum either our Tomato Serum for brightening or our Bell Pepper Serum to soothe inflammation. Apply the cotton rounds to your face in the areas that need the most love. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for max hydration!

Long Story Short

Stress doesn’t have to take over.
Take a breather, relax, and utilize one of these options to help you further decompress. This too shall pass!😉