We live in a time and age where all of us are going through a lot of stress; be it mental or physical. All this stress, lack of sleep, fatigue etc. takes a massive toll on our bodies and needs to be regulated for one’s well being. This is where adaptogens come in–a term you probably haven’t heard of till now. To put it simply, they’re herbs or compounds that help stabilize stress. How is this related to skin? It’s quite simple; if you’re stressed, it immediately starts showing on your skin in the form of dark circles, fine lines, dull and pale skin texture, inflammation etc. Adaptogens come in various herbs and plants which in turn help balance the body’s reactions (to anxiety) when eaten or used externally.
While there is no single/right way of consuming adaptogens, you can take them in the form of external supplements, powders, skin products that contain extracts of these herbs or even as they are…
Moringa Tree Leaves (Drumstick tree)
Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants and contain twice the amount of protein that’s present in yogurt. The leaves are also a rich source of fatty acids which are great skin nourishers. They’re also loaded with vitamin C and A. Include this magical adaptogen in your daily diet by consuming a glass of water mixed with Moringa powder or add fresh moringa leaves in your soups and salads. For hair, use the nutrient dense Moringa oil directly on your scalp. For your skin (acne, pale skin) massage a few drops of the oil on your face it completely absorbed. Don’t forget to give your skin a boost of this adaptogen’s goodness.
Common skin conditions like eczema (chronic skin inflammation) and rosacea (facial redness, swelling and pimples) can be aggravated easily because of stress. The hormones present in aloe leaves contain anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. A good on-the-go aloe infused product like the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Sooth Body Lotion or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Aloe Fresh is recommended especially for seasons like winter when skin tends to react more strongly and you’ll be dealing with a lot more inflammation than otherwise. Using freshly extracted aloe vera gel is also highly recommended.
Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng
Did you know that stress also raises our cortisol (our body’s stress hormone) levels, which causes more oil secretions and blockages on our skin? Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that helps maintain or restore the hormone balance. It also regulates the cortisol levels which in turn help regulate stress. The best way to consume ginseng is by having ginseng tea which will help improve your overall health. People who drink this tea regularly are said to have glowing and supple skin.
If you’ve noticed that your scalp is getting oilier than usual, it could be because of increase in cortisol! Because you scalp is also skin, after all. You can use ginseng and neem infused TRESemmé Botanique Detox & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner Range which will also help get rid of excess oil, purify and revitalize your hair.
This adaptogen grows in the wetlands of India, Japan, China and Indonesia and belongs to the same family as carrots and parsley. Gotu Kola is great for ageing skin which is a clear indication of stress and reduced levels of collagen. It also increases the blood circulation in your scalp. Ingest it with your tea or capsule and use it externally in the form of cold pressed oil. It’s a super herb that you didn’t know about, but now you do.
Adaptogens are revolutionizing the world of beauty and wellness. Find your go-to adaptogen according to whatever concerns you have and make it your best friend for life!