Relaxation

To maintain a healthy body, it's important to have enough time every day to relax a little, especially for those of us who live a hectic lifestyle. Without 'time-out' tension can build up leading us to feel stressed. When we're stressed, the stress hormone Cortisol is produced, which in turn can cause your body to produce more skin oil, which could lead to a breakout.

There are many ways to relax but our favourite two are:

Deep breathing - easy to do at your desk 

When we're nervous or stressed our breathing tends to be shallow and rapid, whereas we breathe more deeply and slowly when we are relaxed. The deeper breathing expels 70 per cent of the toxins in the body and can make you feel much calmer. First, work out how you are breathing by placing one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen to feel if your pace is too quick. Then, rebalance your breathing by lengthening your breath, counting slowly to four as you breathe in, then to six as you breathe out. Gradually increase the lengths of your breath as you inhale until you reach seven counts and nine as you exhale. In addition, take micro relaxation breaks - just 5 deep breaths will momentarily switch off stress so make this a regular habit throughout the day.

If you feel you need a little extra emotional support, reach for Rescue Remedy, to help restore your inner calm.

Massage - take time out at the weekend or after work

A good massage given by a professional masseuse to relieve tensions in your muscles is a perfect way to unwind. Massage is a brilliant way to improve circulation, so your skin and organs get more oxygen and the lymph fluid is moved through your lymphatic system. Digestion of food and excretion of toxins are encouraged at the same time. A massage can help un-knot any muscles, soothe aches, sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.

Many people find they can sleep better after a relaxing massage.