5 Relaxing Beauty Routines

| 12/7/2015 9:51:00 AM

Just because you’re leading a busy, stressful life, it doesn’t mean you can’t relax during your fast-paced days. This is crucial, as finding small ways to unwind throughout the day can help you think more creatively, boost brainpower, and allow a few minutes to just appreciate life. Can’t find time to relax? No worries—your daily beauty routines are the perfect time to add some relaxation.

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Slow Down Your Skin-Care Routine

If you’re like most women, you probably conduct your morning and evening skin-care routines in super speed, not really paying attention to how these few minutes—twice a day—can help soothe your spirit.

Take the time to enjoy applying your skin brightening products and turn the application of your luxurious face creams into a relaxing massage. Applying your products in a gentle, soothing way allows your skin to absorb them better while being in the moment helps you clear your mind of stress and preserve your energy to face the day with confidence.

Avoid Stress-Causing Foods

You’re probably accustomed to grabbing a bite on the go, but this can be bad for your stress levels. Refined grains and saturated fats lead to the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. On the other hand, there are foods that have a calming effect on the body. One example is oatmeal; it’s a complex carbohydrate that boosts the production of serotonin, a chemical that improves positive feelings.

Another problem with eating when you’re on the move is that you might make rash decisions about snacks, resulting in the fastest options that are actually bad for your body and skin. For example, reaching for sugary snacks in your desk drawer; too much sugar actually accelerates the pace at which skin ages. Sugar fights both elastin and collagen production in the skin, which are both responsible for firmness and flexibility. On the other hand, relying on caffeine-packed liquids to get you through the day can dehydrate you. Both sugar and caffeine can make you feel anxious, so plan your meals and snacks ahead of time, so that when you’re busy you can still benefit from nutritious foods.