Posts Tagged ‘stress’

10 Ways to De-Stress for Beautiful Holiday Skin

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza



Overcrowded department stores. Shopping. Rush-hour traffic. Cooking. Cleaning. Yep, the holidays are upon us. Maybe you’re happy the season is here (or not!), but you might find yourself frustrated with your skin. What gives?


When we’re stressed, our bodies have a chemical response, causing all kinds of spikes in hormones that affect our skin. Basically, when you’re stressed out, so is your skin – making it more sensitive and reactive.


What happens exactly? Your body releases cortisol and other hormones that tell your sebaceous glands to produce more oil (great, right?) – thus causing a higher tendency to breakout.


Below, we offer tips to help deal with this season’s holiday stress and bring back your beautiful skin.


  1. Take Time (even if it’s just 10 minutes) For Yourself. Read your favorite book, take a bubble bath, and/or meditate. The proven benefits of meditation go a long way.
  2. Say No! Set limits and boundaries to give yourself a break. You’ve tried to do it all, but you know you can’t. Trust us: Once you say no to Aunt Sally the first time, it becomes a whole lot easier.
  3. Exercise Regularly. Exercise keeps your mind fresh and allows you to sweat out some of your body’s toxins. Read more about the beauty benefits of exercise, here.
  4. Get at Least 7-8 Hours of Sleep Each Night. It’s simple. Sleep helps recharge your body, making it more resilient to stress.
  5. Pamper Yourself. Getting a facial or massage releases tension. Another plus?  Routine facials/massages will help keep your skin fresh and glowing! See some of L’Arte Della Bellazza’s skin services here.
  6. Use Good Skincare Products. Products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide – like Obagi’s Clenziderm Cleanser – help open pores to clear the skin of bacteria and acne.
  7. Adopt a Low Glycemic Diet. Cutting the empty carbs has proven to reduce acne flare-ups. Eat healthy foods like leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
  8. Wear Sunscreen. Sun exposure can cause acne flare-ups and increase the signs of aging (yikes!). Wear sunscreen even in the winter.
  9. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face. Bacteria from your hands can stimulate an acne outbreak, especially when you’re stressed.
  10. Exfoliate. Buffing away dead skin cells will allow the new skin to shine through, giving you a radiant complexion. Exfoliating regularly also helps keep pores clean.


Never neglect your skin, and this holds true especially when you’re feeling stressed. For more tips like those in this article, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Interested in learning more about our services?  Visit us at



Top Tips to De-Stress Your Life

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza


Stressed out? Join the party. Although we all feel anxious and worn-out from time to time, there are many ways to counteract the feeling of wanting to scream at the top of your lungs.

 Not all stress is bad, but overbearing pressure from life can lead to significant health problems. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits helps. Below, we’ve outlined positive practices you can develop to help deal with life’s negative moments.



Meditation is a great way to relax when you’re under a lot of stress. Research has shown that meditation is helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and even improving cognitive performance. It’s also simple to do: just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax and focus on one thing. You can do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience benefits.


Pamper Yourself

Getting a facial or massage releases tension. Another plus?  Routine facials/massages will help keep your skin fresh and glowing! To increase relaxation, ask your aesthetician to add aromatherapy oils such as chamomile or lavender to your treatment.


Eat Mood-Enhancing Foods

It’s proven that junk food can make you depressed (not to mention fat!). Healthy nutrients like whole grains and protein can improve your mood and give you long-lasting energy. Foods effective for reducing stress include those high in omega-3 fats, like almonds and salmon. Drink coffee? Limit your intake. While studies have shown that some coffee during the day can offer health benefits, too much caffeine will make you jittery and can lead to a crash.


Exercise Daily

Working out is a natural stress reliever. Exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce tension. And research shows that 20-30 minutes each day is all that’s needed to experience the benefits! For more reasons to work out, click here.


Head Outdoors

Get some sunshine! Did you know? Sunlight provides vitamin D, which promotes relaxation. Studies have also shown a connection between depression and vitamin D. So go soak up the sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen).



Turn off your phone! Cell phones stress you out, there’s no question about that. Too much talk and text can even raise your blood pressure. Sometimes we all need a break from being “connected.” Designate a time each day when you aren’t on-call and power off.


Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is the most important stress reducer of them all. Too little sleep leaves us cranky and on edge. Too much sleep can leave us sluggish and depressed. Try to find the right balance that leaves you feeling well rested and ready for the day.


For more tips like these, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Interested in learning more about our services?  Visit us at