As I was finishing up my last client this past Friday, I was frantically trying to think about all the things I needed to do before I left for the night. I was making a checklist in my brain… My daughter texted that she needed to talk and I was anxious to check in with her. I had two calls to return regarding questions about my skin revision programs which I knew would take about ten minutes each. I was also assisting my last client of the day with final product purchases. Then, I cleaned and sanitized my space before I left for the night. Among all of this, I was putting together that evening’s recipes in my head and checking to see which services I had scheduled the next day to make sure I had everything in stock. Then, I remembered I needed to stop and get some dry shampoo but the supply store is probably closed…
Are you exhausted from reading that? Seems like some chaotic thinking perhaps? This is my brain and how I’ve always functioned. When I’ve shared this with others in the past, they don’t get it. “I don’t know how you do it all” is a phrase I’ve heard throughout my life.
This is the result of surviving trauma from the past. I’ve always been an overachiever for reasons I’ve only recently uncovered. This is a pattern that now tries to balance with a variety of tools including organization tools, breath work, and meditation. To some extent, my body may also be addicted to the stress and cortisol rush. Without it, my body feels nothing.
As I was scanning Google to see what kind of inspiration I could derive on the price skin pays for stress, everything I read was consistent. Stress reduction techniques. Better sleep. Reduce inflammation. These are all really great suggestions, but the one thing we don’t talk about is having the self AWARENESS that we are actually under stress. It is something many people aren’t cognizant of and manage to continue functioning under a dark cloud. You can’t address a problem you aren’t conscious of. Millions of people are functioning day to day without self-awareness. Autopilot is a very safe place in a world that feels unsafe.
Let’s look at the expense of stress and your skin differently. What if we first notice our symptoms and then look at widening our treatment? What are the symptoms of stress and the skin?
- Hives and Rash
- Dull skin
If you have any of these, then perhaps it’s time to examine your stress levels. Perhaps it’s time to allow yourself to really look at what you are experiencing and how that is manifesting in your life. We can read stress management tips all day however we have to have the awareness that this is how we are coping with too much noise. Too much to do or get done.
Yes, there are great ways to settle that sizzling stress. Consider…
- Taking a walk outside and getting grounded
- Choosing an anti inflammatory diet to nourish our body
- Listening to meditation music such as the free app Insight Timer
- Reading a good book for pleasure
- Epsom Salt Baths
- Getting enough sleep each night
However, self awareness is a whole other monstrous goal that starts with healing. Sadly, the US does not prioritize mental health and we are at a point of learning how to do our own Self Healing. Trauma is far more abundant than any research polls can assess. Choosing to really look at where your stress stems from and moving towards healing can make a bigger impact on your stress load because you are actively working on healing your whole self. Think of it as healing the core instead of the symptom.
For those who have unresolved trauma in their life, I highly recommend the book How to do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera. The framework she lays out is universal to all types of trauma; however, it is the one thread that ties us together in the commonality of coping skills.
With stress and the skin, it really begins with the inner work. Once you can find the awareness that you are experiencing stress and can identify the habits and tiny shifts, you’ll see your body react. For skin, to heal inflamed itchy skin, I have a few product recommendations that can really make a positive impact on your skin while gently restoring the skin to normal functioning.
SkinBetter Science offers Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum. This serum provides broad, comprehensive environmental defense. It has super potent antioxidants, neutralizes intrinsic free radicals generated by the skin’s natural aging process, and has patented technology that supports the skin renewal cycle for energized more rejuvenated looking skin.
Hale & Hush’s Soothe Essence Serum restores and hydrates the skin. This beautiful serum will bring your skin back to life restoring it to a stronger state, from moisturization, irritation control, and redness reduction to protection against oxidative stress and supporting the skin’s barrier function. It fights inflammation and reduces redness, and rapids skin damage.
DMK’s Beta Gell is a universal serum that makes a difference to stressed skin. It is a versatile serum that can help repair damaged skin that is reddened, tender and compromised.
For more recommendations for healing compromised skin, consider booking a Consultation in person or virtually.
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