Used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, adaptogenic herbs help a person’s body adapt to stress and fatigue. Common examples include Asian ginseng, milk thistle, ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), Rhodiola rosea (Arctic Rose), ginseng-eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) and aloe vera, among others. When ingested, they help balance the hormones of your adrenal system; topically, they soothe, balance and strengthen your skin. Stress hormones can negatively impact skin leading to breakouts, dark under-eye circles, irritation, redness and wrinkles. Today, brands use these natural stress-fighters in a range of skin care products. Here are five to know.
TheraNeem Naturals Facial Oil Serum
This moisturizing face oil includes neem, sea buckthorn and baobab, among other ingredients. Neem is traditionally used by Ayurvedic practitioners for its smoothing and nourish properties. For best results, massage at least five drops onto clean skin in the morning or evening.
CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm
Free of parabens, fragrances and petroleum, this moisturizing salve protects from environmental aggressors. It utilizes Reishi mushroom to fight free-radical damage, boost immunity and help calm inflammation. Use as needed.
Bioelements Crucial Moisture
This moisturizer is full of nutrients and helps maintain the skin’s water-to-oil balance which will keep you looking younger, longer. The product utilizes extracts of Panax ginseng and Angelica sinensis (Dong Quai), and should be used in small quantities either morning or night.
The Lost Explorer Rehydrating Mist Hydrosol
This mist will keep your skin hydrated after a long day or the road or an afternoon in the sun. It utilizes the moisturizing and healing properties of Aloe Vera, and includes Aspen bark to help with cell renewal. Use as needed.
Själ Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic
Moisturizing and protecting, this tonic was developed to treat free radical damage. It features Siberian ginseng which protects against cell damage, along with Rhodiola rosea to hydrate and calm the skin. Apply to clean skin as either a tonic or environmental barrier.