Adaptogens “keep the body adaptable in the face of a wide range of pressures”, according to master herbalist and natural health expert Philip Weeks. Stress manifests itself in many ways, with inflammation often being the end result. For our skin, that means breakouts, sensitivity and inflammatory responses such as eczema and psoriasis, for those who are prone to them.
Introduce a variety of adaptogenic herbs into your diet, as supplements, teas or smoothies, to help your body and ultimately your skin cope with stress. Here are our top three stressed-skin busters:
Not just for curries and that Instagrammable ‘golden milk’ post, turmeric is a root also known for its skin-calming properties. “The curcuminoid pigments in turmeric are highly effective antioxidants that dampen inflammatory responses,” says Dr Perricone, who uses it in his Perricone MD Pre:Empt range to help preserve youthful skin, as well as his new range of Super Greens supplements, designed to protect against free-radical damage and support immunity. For skin in need of some TLC, try This Works Stress Check Face Mask, followed by Inlight Beauty Turmeric & Calendula Relief Balm, where needed (this is particularly great for eczema and dermatitis).
Skin feeling sluggish? Gee it up with this raucous root known for its stimulating prowess. We love The Body Shop Roots Of Strength Firming Shaping Essence, to help bolster flagging complexions, followed by Origins Ginzing Ultra Hydrating Energy-Boosting Cream, which revs up your skin’s natural radiance while enveloping it in moisture to help stave off the dehydrating effects of A/C. Even scalps can benefit, thanks to Aveda’s new and improved Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer, designed to invigorate and boost the look of thinning hair.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIQUORICE ROOT
Known to help soothe sore throats and fight infection, liquorice is also perfectly equipped to calm reactive, reddened skin. Liquorice root contains a natural component that has a strong anti-inflammatory action on the skin, as well as having hydrating and antioxidant properties. Start with This Works Evening Detox Cleansing Water, to calm an overwrought epidermis, followed by Paula’s Choice Brightening Essence, where the liquorice root works to interrupt overzealous melanin (pigment) production and give you a healthy glow.
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