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Five Simple and Cheap Ways to De-Stress Yourself and Your Skin

by Jana K. Hoffman
June 12, 2020

Stress is a normal part of life. It comes and goes and often shows up when we least expect it. If we pay attention to our bodies and how we react to situations, it’s possible to reduce the effects of stress or keep it from impacting us at all.

Knowing that things have been a bit uncontrollable lately, we compiled our go-to stress-reducers for when times get a little tough. Tip: Bookmark this page so you can quickly reference it the next time work or your parents or virtually anything else stresses you out.

Listen to Calming Music

A good place to start is listening to some sort of yoga or meditation playlist. Check your choice streaming service and browse already-made playlists or make your own. Have you ever heard of a sound bath? To amplify the “let go” vibes, tune into a live virtual sound bath or listen to a recorded one. Close your eyes and let the sound wash over you.

Breathe Deeply

We sort of take breathing for granted, don’t we? It’s not something we actively think about unless we’re bringing awareness to our breath. When we’re stressed out, our breathing often comes from the chest (a shallow, sometimes shortness of breath). Breathing deeply from the belly (called diaphragmatic breathing) can help calm stressful moments.

Here’s how to practice diaphragmatic breathing:

  • Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  • Place one hand on your chest and another just below your ribcage.
  • Breathe in through the nose and inflate your belly. The hand on your chest should stay still.
  • Exhale through the mouth and deflate the belly. The hand below your ribcage should move toward the spine.
  • Repeat.

Read a Book

Need an escape? Since it’s a little difficult to get away right now, the next best thing is to get lost in a story that isn’t your own. Grab a lighthearted read (or a dense one; whatever you’re in the mood for) and snuggle up in the coziest spot you can find. No judgies if reading turns to naptime. Naps help stress, too.

Give Yourself an At-Home Facial

We know. We really want to see our fave esthetician, too. Because that’s not an option, we have to take facial matters into our own hands. You got this.

Here’s how to do an at-home facial:

  • Wash your face with your favorite cleanser. Rinse with warm water.
  • Immediately after, apply a gentle facial exfoliator in a circular motion to damp skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  • Smooth a clay mask over skin using fingertips or a foundation brush. Feel free to mix and mask depending on your skip type. After about 10 minutes, wipe off with a warm wet washcloth. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Spritz skin with a toner or hyaluronic acid spray.
  • Apply a sheet mask of your choice for about 15 minutes and then remove. You can even pop on a couple of eye masks underneath for double duty.
  • Finish with a facial serum, under eye cream and moisturizer (add sunscreen if it’s daytime and you’re going to take a walk around the block).

Take a Bubble Bath

You don’t need any excuse other than “I made it through today” to sink into a tub filled with warm water and your favorite bath soak. While we’re big fans of luscious bubbles, you can’t go wrong with a soothing salt soak or colorful bath bomb either. Bring the spa vibes to life with a couple of candles. And when you’re finished, wrap yourself in a silky-smooth body moisturizer or body oil.

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