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Stress is a modern-day epidemic affecting people of all ages and all walks of life. It’s a totally natural part of life, but it can cause some not-so-pleasant side effects. Aside from making us feel anxious and irritable, stress can also cause problems with our sleep, digestion and even our ability to move our bodies.
Fortunately, there are natural, healthy ways to ease the stresses of your day, your week or even your year. From making more mindful diet choices to getting more exercise or sleep, little changes can go a long way to help you manage stress. You can also turn to the power of 100% plant-based essential oils to naturally address your health concerns, including stress, and return to a peaceful state of mind.
If your stress is getting you down right now, reach for one of our stress-releasing blends to ease the strain right away. Designed to soothe and restore your body and mind, these essential oil blends will help you unwind and regain a peaceful state of mind.
On any given day, we can come up against dozens of different stressors. Maybe you got caught in rush hour traffic on your way to work. Maybe your child is sick. Maybe you’re struggling to meet a deadline. At work and home, we’re under a lot of pressure, and it can be stressful to keep up. With so much going on, it’s sometimes challenging to turn stress off when we go to bed at night.
A high stress level can make sleeping more difficult because it keeps the body awake and alert. But sleep is a much-needed time for our body to regenerate and repair; without sleep, our bodies and minds feel even more fatigued, causing stress levels to increase.
When you’re sleeping well, on the other hand, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the new day, and can manage your stress effectively. We have many soothing blends that calm your nerves, relax your body, and support the full night’s rest you need to relieve stress.
Feelings of stress and anxiety can trigger uncomfortable symptoms in the gut and put your digestive system in distress. What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies — so make sure to choose healthy products and food to nourish yourself, naturally.
Saje’s in-house natural food specialist Anna says even small changes to your diet can have a big benefit on your wellness. Try incorporating gut-supporting ingredients (like ginger, fennel and, lemon) into your meals and your tummy will learn to relax.
Always pay attention to your digestion — it will tell you when it needs some TLC. For immediate relief, carry one of our belly soothing blends with you. They’re specially formulated to soothe and satisfy troubled tummies.
Moving your body is key to reaching optimum wellness. But when your body is run down with stress, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to keep going. Getting your blood flowing and working your muscles can keep your stress levels down, lift your energy, and create a better sense of well being.
Whether it’s a going for a walk, practicing yoga, or simply committing to gentle stretching at your desk, movement naturally produces endorphins; your brain’s feel-good hormone. When you make movement a priority every day, your energy will automatically rise and stress will melt away.
No matter where your stress is stemming from, one of our favorite ways to get grounded during stressful times is to practice the Saje Breath. So much more than inhaling the benefits of essential oils, this practice gives you a moment in your day to pause, connect to yourself, and get a small dose of mindfulness and beneficial essential oils.
Choose soothing aromas like our Energy Revitalizing Oil Blend or Stress Release Oil Blend to focus your energy and help you relax—body and mind.
When you take a holistic approach to your wellness, your body will naturally reset and become better equipped to cope with stress. Essential oil blends are a simple way to give your body the love and care it needs during stressful moments. Stress is a natural part of life — do what you can to support your wellness by slowing down, listening to your body and managing stress, naturally.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.