What Are Adaptogens? – A Guide to Stress Relief & Skin
Adaptogens are ancient ingredients that restore the body to its natural, balanced state. These herbs and plants help the body adapt to stress and fatigue. Rather than pushing the body, these plants regulate the toxic effects of everyday stress.
They are meant to be used long term, which means they give the body what it needs at the time. Some adaptogens give people energy boosts while the same plant can sooth and relax. This is how adaptogens help our bodies stay flexible in our response to stress.
Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine have studied the effects of many adaptogens for centuries. They work by normalizing the adrenal system. This means our digestion and internal inflammation can have an effect on our skin. It can even cause breakouts and rashes.
A major study of adaptogens in traditional medicine found that:
The amount of stress hormone produced by the human body increases under external pressure. Adaptogens can increase the effectiveness of adrenal gland secretion, thereby abolishing excess hormone production.
When you are exhausted, it shows on your skin first. Adaptogens regulate exhaustion in the body. If you get a boost from ginseng, you will give your skin a boost as well! They help to regulate hormone levels, decrease inflammation, kill bacteria and decrease stress.
Some of our favorite adaptogens work together. We love Shiitake, Reishi, Ginger, Ginseng and Aloe Vera. Adaptogens have been shown to regulate the skin’s barrier function. Everyone can give their unique skin exactly what it needs with these natural ingredients.
We are excited that the Western world has taken a cue from Eastern cultures by using adaptogens. Everyone needs help decreasing stress in a gentle way. Relaxed skin is happy skin!