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Stress and the Skin

By: Kirsten Sheridan
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Toxin elimination. Toxin elimination helps to alleviate the physical manifestations associated with chronic stress by reducing waste buildup in cells and tissues. Mud, parafango, paraffin and herbal linen wraps are great treatments to stimulate detoxification. Simply warming the body by using an infrared lamp can aid in toxin elimination due to increased circulation and improved tissue repair.

The mind-body connection

No matter if a threat is real or perceived, the body and mind react, and the symptoms that result are genuine. As a skin care therapist, you play an active role in helping your clients to manage their stress more effectively. Whether this is achieved through the promotion of the relaxation response or by treating skin conditions triggered by stress, you can have a positive effect—both physiologically and psychologically.

Stress is not going anywhere—it is here to stay. Clients who are under a great deal of anxiety often display it in their body language—some recognize that they are stressed; others are so used to it that they are unaware of what it feels like to experience anything else. Market treatments that are focused on their skin concerns to the stressed client while incorporating the mind-body connection. This will help them cope and improve their skin, while slowing the aging process. Your treatment room is an escape, even if only for a short period of time, so don’t underestimate the role you can play in helping your clients deal with stress.


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