Most women are surprised to find out that stress doesn't age you. And stress itself isn't what ignites unwanted skin reactions. So what does?
It's your REACTION to stress that does.
Reacting to stress vs. responding to stress causes the cortisol hormone to spike. Consistent spikes of cortisol not only activate the flight or fight response in the nervous system. Experiencing this regularly can induce constant stress and chronic dysfunction in the body, breaking down the skin's natural collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.
As more research emerges, it becomes clear that the more innovative beauty move is to strengthen your emotional fitness. That is why daily meditation practice is a foundational tool at Beauty Flow.
If tending to your emotional fitness is part of your beauty routine, add this product to your mindfulness practice: Adaptogens.
Adaptogens are active ingredients in species of plants, herbs, and mushrooms that help your body cope with emotional and physical stress. They can help restore balance in the body and help buffer against the harmful effects tied to stress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have used these potent plants and mushrooms for centuries. The Western world is finally catching up to its power and providing women with another way to champion holistic beauty.
Eastern cultures have noticed the magic adaptogens can have in balancing the immune system by reducing stress. Resulting in faster wound healing, better digestion, and improvement of the integumentary system (hair, skin, and nails.)
Many beauty brands have jumped on the bandwagon with adaptogen-infused topical skin care and digestible elixirs. Many have shown to be impactful. With so many options, here are a few tips on what to look for:
What To Keep In Mind Before Taking Adaptogens:
- Always consult your doctor first before using them. They may interfere with certain medications and health conditions.
- Even though they are powerful, they have not been considered a full-on cure as they are not for long-term use.
- Purchase high-quality products from trustworthy sources. You can enjoy adaptogens through supplements, teas, tinctures, and foods.
- Follow the exact directions.
Check out these adaptogens that will level up your beauty as they help you handle mental, physical, and emotional stress:
ASHWAGANDHA: Anti-inflammatory and balances hormones. Reduces stress and anxiety.
TURMERIC: All natural pain reliever and fights inflammation. Boosts brain function & reduces depression.
REISHI MUSHROOM: The "Queen Healer." Helps with premature aging. Anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and aids in longevity.
MORINGA: High levels of Vit. B, C, D & E. Promotes quality of sleep, healthy hair, skin & nails, and boots collagen.
TOCOS: High in Vit. E promotes healthy skin & connective tissue, and detoxifies.
TULSI/HOLY BASIL:Works on a deep level to restore vitality in the body. Heals the skin quickly and promotes elastin. Decreases anxiety and regains focus.
GOJI BERRIES: "The Fruit of Longevity." High concentrations of anti-oxidants are anti-inflammatory and slow down premature aging. They are packed with essential skin minerals: selenium and zinc. Stimulates collagen production and slows down water loss in the skin.
There are many more adaptogens to work with that can bring balance to the body. They work best when you work with a doctor to identify the specific types that will benefit your bio-individuality.
The most sustainable beauty secrets are the ones that treat skin from the inside out. Especially the ones that care for your foundational health, mind, and heart center.
Are you looking to dive deeper? Then let's do it together.