Skin Tip: Pregnancy and Essential Oils!

Essential oils are great in aiding relaxation or giving you an energy boost.  However, if you’re pregnant, consult your physician if you are planning on using them as their small molecular structure allows them to be absorbed into your bloodstream and may cause problems.

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you next week,

Stephanie 

5 Ways to Cope with a Bad Day and Stress!

Hi readers!  How was your New Years?  Now that the holiday season is behind us, I should be back to my normal posting schedule, so let’s get to it. 🙂

We’ve all had those days when the moment our alarm goes off, everything seems to go wrong.  We’re running late to a meeting and suddenly our car starts having trouble.  You pop into the store to buy something and suddenly you can’t remember your pin number if your life-or items- depended on it.  Or, sometimes negative and toxic people you have managed to distance yourself from somehow weasel their way back into your life and cause you grief.  Whatever the case may be, you’re likely to wind up with a monster headache and stress.

So, how do you cope?

Here are five things that work for me and can maybe function for you when your day is less than stellar.

1.  Get Moving!

A trip to the gym always helps ease my stress.  Whether it’s running, dancing, yoga, or walking, exert all your energy and focus on this activity.  You’ll instantly feel and look better too!  Beauty bonus: As your heart rate increase, it sends oxygen to your skin and creates a healthy glow.  Who doesn’t want that?

Insanity con Carlos Alvarez

Me and my friend at Insanity con Carlos Alvarez

2.  Read!

I love to read and there is no faster way for me to forget my problems once I pick up a good book.  Be it an educational book or murder mystery, immerse yourself in someone else’s world for a bit.

Books

3.  Create a Calming Scent-Sation!

A few drops of lavender essential oil before I take a take a shower or mixed into lotion in conjunction with deep breathing helps ease my mind.  A good friend gave me a doTERRA lavender sample and I fell in love with this.  If you’re reading this Shanyn, thank you! 🙂

Lavender Essential Oil

4.  Indulge in a Masquerade!

As much fun as donning a mysterious mask and killer dress may be, it might be a weekday so apply your favorite face mask instead.  A DIY version of a facial, it’s a mini treat that can instantly improve your stressed out complexion.
Masks

5.  Drink Tea!

Catch up on your favorite shows by curling up with a hot cup of tea.  Choose any blend that has soothing properties such as chamomile and lavender.
Tea

If nothing else, you can always sleep it off and wake up to a fresh start in the morning.  🙂

What are your favorite ways to deal with stress and/or a bad day? 

Stephanie 

The Beauty in Sleep!

sleeping beauty

What’s one thing college students, new parents, teenagers and more than half of the American population have in common?

Sleep deprivation.

As important as it is to get enough sleep, a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in 2002 concluded that “74% of American adults experience a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more and 39% get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight.”  Recently, The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement suggesting an 8:30 a.m. or later school start time for middle and high school students and with good reason.

Research has shown that young people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer depression, be involved in car accidents and have lower test scores.   Lack of sleep is also a risk factor for weight gain and can disrupt the body’s regulation of blood sugar.  An increase in stress-hormone levels contribute to an elevated rise in blood pressure and promote inflammatory changes associated with chronic disease, including heart disease and diabetes.

Much More Than Just A Phrase

We’ve all heard about needing our ‘beauty sleep’ but it turns out this phrase isn’t just superficial-it can accelerate the aging process!  On a visual level, not receiving the crucial shut-eye results in a dull complexion because when you are tired, blood doesn’t flow efficiently; fine lines also appear more prominent.  On a deeper level, your skin, as well as your whole body, transitions into repair mode when you sleep.  New skin cells grow and replace older cells.  An increase in inflammatory cells in the body lead to a breakdown in collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which assist in giving skin it’s glow, bounce and translucency.

A Look at ‘Beauty Sleep’ by the Hour

Perhaps Charles Perrault’s tale The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods was inadvertently on to something, except let’s replace the 100 years with the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. (Yet another example of how I love to tie beauty and literature together!)

Hours 1-3: The deepest sleep of the night, your body produces the most human growth hormone- critical to skin and hair repair.

Hours 4-5: Deep sleep shortens and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep begins. There’s also an increase in melatonin, a hormone with potent antioxidant properties to combat oxidative stress.

Hours 6-8: This is when you get the most REM sleep. Your skin’s temperature reaches its lowest point, enabling muscles to relax and allowing skin its deepest recovery.

Solutions to Promote Better Sleep

Sometimes sleep doesn’t come easily so if you have trouble sleeping, try these suggestions.

  • Schedule your bedtime and your wake-up time according to the number of hours of sleep you need.
  • About an hour or more before bedtime, stop phone calls and watching television and read or listen to music instead.
  • Try aromatherapy (my favorite!).  Lavender, neroli and sandalwood essential oils can relax and promote a restful sleep.  Fill half of a mini spray bottle with water, mix in your relaxing essential oil of choice and lightly spritz onto your sheets and/or pillow.
  • Learning to manage your stress or keep it under control will in turn yield to a more restful sleep. Breathing techniques, exercise, a spa visit and regular massages can keep stress in check.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. What helps you catch more Zzzzz’s? 

 

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