Who isn’t ready to start the New Year with a glow? Literally. This past year has been every kind of dull.
No matter how grateful and relieved you are that there’s light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, you might not know that your skin has taken the brunt of the unprecedented lockdown stress.
And as hard as you’ve tried to ignore it, the stress-skin connection is hard-wired into our bodies. It triggers the sympathetic nervous system and is our body at work to protect or warn us. Research shows skin immediately “perceives” stress — and then becomes a stress target.
Here’s how it works:
- Stress causes your body to produce greater amounts of the hormone cortisol.
- That hormone affects the brain’s hypothalamus — the body’s regulator of vital functions such as emotions, appetite, heart rate, body temperature and balancing bodily fluids.
- The hypothalamus produces a hormone that can worsen inflammatory problems such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.
- Stress can also reduce skin’s elasticity and alter its proteins, leading to wrinkles.
But, as Freddie Mercury and the band Queen famously sang, “Don’t Stop Me Now,” if you can live safely amid the pandemic, you can fight heroically against the wear and tear.
This New Year, we’re all staying in, so make it an evening to set new goals for yourself. For example, list the good things you want to do for your mind and body.
The theme of 2020 has been self-care, and it may very well be the theme of 2021, and for good reason. The stress that Covid-19 has caused – fear, uncertainty, loneliness, isolation, remote learning – is taking a real toll on people and it’s not going away soon.
We have to remember to take care of ourselves. Practicing good self-care reduces stress and lessens its impact on skin.
In fact, Harvard Business Review asked readers to rethink self-care. And this The Oprah Magazine story points out that practicing more self-care can make us “more confident, creative, and productive. We can also experience more joy, make better decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively.”
So, with the stress of the pandemic, it’s no surprise this year that self-care – gentle skincare and spa products, cozy blankets and socks, which create warm comfort – have been particularly popular and top selling holiday gifts.
Make good use of quiet time this holiday season to take care of yourself in preparation for 2021.
A Brighter Glow
Put the stress of 2020 behind you. Along with your goals of improving your physical shape, set another on New Year’s Eve to have a glowing complexion in 2021.
To get that natural, bright look, start by gently exfoliating to unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and get your face primed to soak in products that keep you looking radiant.
Skin brighteners can polish a dull complexion while targeting age spots and brown spots, which usually occur because of sun exposure or as the results of blemishes left from acne.
The best formula includes natural antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E and helps restore collagen and elastin.
The result: improve skin tone, and naturally assist in reducing the appearance of dark spots and sun damage to leave bright, moisturized, clean and healthy-looking skin.
The Best Skincare on a Budget
Even “skintellectuals” who read ingredients, watch their budgets and want scientifically certified-to-work skincare elements can get excited about these solutions. After all, today’s look is about being creatively your authentic self, rather than too camera-ready.
The Dermisa Brightening Line also meets another pandemic-era necessity — it’s a value at $13.99 — so no need to feel deprived of keeping your skin feeling soft, nourished and glowing even on a budget.
Have you made a promise to not just be kinder to yourself in 2021 but also the world around you?
There’s another plus for the growing trend toward choosing ethical, sustainable and culturally relevant cosmetics solutions. The Line’s products are made in the United States, work on all skin types, are ethically sourced and contain no oil, dyes or sulfates.
To make sure you are primed for the New Year the Dermisa’s Brightening Line includes a night cream that helps improve skin tone while nourishing and hydrating skin overnight for a healthy looking, bright and radiant complexion.
The secret? Four natural botanical brightening extracts, plus Arbutin, licorice extract, Indian Gooseberry, and kojic acid, which inhibits the formation of an amino acid that produces melanin, a skin pigment that can make the skin appear darker.
And now, you can shine all year long, bringing confidence to everything you do and every goal you meet!