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BAC K TO BAS I C S

Stress-busting
skincare
Looking for
an antidote
to distressed
skin? Then
just reach
inside your
bathroom
cabinet

LEE
KYNASTON

Although a firm
believer that
real beauty comes
from the inside,
Lee sees no
harm in giving the
outside some TLC.

Y

ou don't need me to tell you
how stressful modern life is and
that may explain why more of
us than ever are turning to yoga,
meditation and exercise to counteract the
strains of 21st century living. But Hatha and
Headspace aren't the only stress-busting tools
worth having in your anti-anxiety armoury:
skincare is too.

CALMING BALM
A raft of beauty products and treatments are
now putting wellbeing centre stage by using
everything from aromatherapy to Ayurvedic
medicine to create a sense of calm, while
improving the look of skin at the same time.
Awake Organics, for example, infuses all its
products with essential oils like lavender (a
herb some studies have shown to have antianxiety effects on a par with some prescription
benzodiazepines) and rose geranium which,
AwakeOrganics says, 'act as a warm blanket for
the soul, helping reduce sensitivities to stress
and anxiety'.
The aim is to turn the very act of applying
a face product into a stress-buster. My tip is
to rub your face cream between your palms,
cupping them over your nose and inhaling the
therapeutic oils first before applying over your
skin. This is something worth doing slowly and
mindfully for maximum benefit.
Aveda's range of Balancing Body Mists,
meanwhile, hydrate skin and align with the

REACH FOR
T HE SPA S

A spa is
always a
good
way to
calm
yourself
after a
stressful
day and
when
better
to treat
yourself
than
National
Spa Week,
which
begins
on 30
October.

chakras, while Urban Veda's dosha-based
skincare range takes its inspiration from
Ayurveda. Their sandalwood-infused Soothing
Body Scrub, is an instant de-stresser.

SAVE MORE THAN YOUR SKIN
There are a few treatments, too, worth
checking out. The Light Salon's Express
LED skin rejuvenation, available at Harvey
Nichols and Selfridges, is a non-invasive
facial that uses light energy to boost collagen
and improve the appearance of skin but
which also lowers stress hormones.
The idea that stress has a direct impact on
your skin is no myth. Cortisol, the hormone
produced when we're anxious, causes
inflammation which has an adverse effect
on collagen, the protein that helps keep skin
firm and healthy-looking.
So next time you're re-stocking your
bathroom cabinet, don't just go for products
that save your skin - opt for ones that can
save your sanity, too. B

D E-ST R E SS W I TH SI X OF THE BE ST
soothing

MAIN IMAGE: STOCKSY

lavender
dry oil

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October 2017 BA LA N CE

1. Urban Veda Soothing
Body Scrub, £12.99 for
200ml (urbanveda.com)
2. Frankin-Sense Divine
Face Care Cream,
£32.99 for 30ml
(awakeorganics.co.uk)
3. Rituals The Ritual of
Ayurveda Dry Oil Pitta,
£19.50 for 100ml
(rituals.com)
4. Samaya Vata

Anti-Ageing Treatment
Oil, £79 for 30ml
(samayaayurveda.com)
5. Aveda chakra™ 7
balancing body mist,
£30 for 100ml
(aveda.co.uk)
6. Aromatherapy
Associates De-Stress
Mind Bath & Shower
Oil, £45 for 55ml
(feelunique.com

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http://www.urbanveda.com http://www.samayaayurveda.com http://awakeorganics.co.uk http://aveda.co.uk http://www.rituals.com http://www.feelunique.com

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