Can Your Skin De-stress?

Can your skin de-stress? Is there a superfood serum to rub into your warmed face after the bath? A mushroom-charged highlighter to reduce oxidative stress?

A new crop of natural skin-care products coming from California features adaptogens — plant-derived ingredients that may help ease stress, whether environmental, emotional or hormonal.

Adaptogens such as ashwagandha and ginseng have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic healing. Says Los Angeles acupuncturist and herbalist Michelle M. Ching, “They are known to have the function of ‘calming the spirit.’ These tonics address numerous symptoms, including insomnia, night sweats, low energy and anxiety.”

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