Stress Relief for Skin and Hair Starts With Self Care

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Feeling good and looking good go hand in hand. If you’re feeling stressed and frazzled, it’s critical to take care of yourself. According to Maria Henry, owner of Luminous Rose, a natural and organic skin and haircare line based outside of Madison, stress can take its toll on skin and hair.

Her clients’ most common skin concerns are acne and rosacea. It’s not uncommon for women to get an unexpected outbreak of acne, even if they’ve never had a problem before, says Maria. Why now? Stress, hormones and even extended mask-wearing are all factors.

And while rosacea is a chronic condition, those that have it often find that stress exacerbates the symptoms.

Maria, a skin and haircare formulator, creates all-natural beauty products. Combatting stress, she shares, is all about self-care. “Slow down and take time to do something nurturing for yourself,” she says, adding that tending to your inner self will positively affect your outer self — including skin and hair.

Maria recommends a daily beauty routine, starting with a gentle cleanser (hers contains green tea and chamomile) before bed, followed by a facial serum and moisturizer. When you’re resting, she explains, “your skin cells rest and regenerate.”

Her popular Shea + Rose Daily Moisturizer is a plant-based cream made with rosehip seed oil, which is a natural alternative to retinol.

“It’s anti-aging and helps with both redness and acne,” she says. She also formulates a variety of moisturizers and serums for every need, from rejuvenation to sensitive skin — with ingredients such as blue tansy oil, mango butter and rose.

And when stress causes a dry, itchy scalp, using a plant-based, sulfate- and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner does wonders. Or, try one of her long- lasting shampoo bars. With a good hair routine, she says you’ll feel the difference right away.

“It’s important to prioritize yourself — even for 10 minutes,” stresses Henry. “It’s these little moments that add up and help get you through your day.”

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