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Adaptogens have taken centre stage in the wellness arena of late. In fact, these powerful herbal pharmaceuticals are set to take over skincare. Read on to discover the benefits of adding adaptogens to your skincare routine. Along with reading our pick of the best products.
Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals. They are said to help the body “adapt” to the effects of stress. Stress is known to be a worldwide health concern. So it is of no surprise that the use of these botanical-based substances has taken over the world of wellness. And, no doubt they have taken over your Instagram feed with beautiful images of superfood beverages as well as breakfast bowls. Each featuring these stress-busting botanicals. Even Meghan Markle touts the use of adaptogens to cope with her high-stress levels.
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Happy Thursday! I’m excited to share with you an IMMUNITY smoothie bowl that I’m absolutely in love with! ? Thank you @moon_organics for sending me some incredible and potent superfood powders – they’re truly one of a kind! ? . . ? These blends are made in small batches and contain medicinal mushrooms, which are potent adaptogens and help our immune system to function at its best. Here’s what’s in my smoothie: . . ? Wild pink power – a blend of beetroot, raspberry, and dragon fruit powder. . . ? Wild Amazon Lucuma – a blend of lucuma, quinoa, carob, purple corn, cinnamon, reishi, shiitake, and chaga mushroom. . . ? Sweet Cacao nibs – sweetened with yacon (I’m obsessed with these!) . . To make this immunity smoothie, you’ll need: 2 frozen bananas 1 cup mango chunks 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp @moon_organics Wild Amazon Lucuma 2 tsp @moon_organics Wild pink power . . Blend ingredients in high speed blender until creamy. Pour into a bowl and top it off with your favorite toppings! I topped it off with 1 tsp @moon_organics sweet cacao nibs, banana slices, frozen raspberries, and coconut shreds. I decorated with little sugar stars. ⭐️? Enjoy!! Xoxo
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An adaptogen smoothie in the color of my nail polish thanks to spirulina powder. Spirulina has a high protein and vitamin content, which makes it an excellent dietary supplement for people on vegetarian or vegan diets. ?? • #adaptogens #adaptogensmoothie #spirulina #proteindrink
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Happy Sunday! ?☀️✨ I have been lucky enough to meet karine on instagram @plantpoweredkarine we connect and she makes these beautiful creations using the products of moon organics. Thank you so much for making this beautiful art. . ?Butterfly pea and blue spirulina smoothie: 1 frozen banana 1 cup wild frozen blueberries 1 tbsp @moonorganics Wild Amazon Maca powder 1 tsp @moonorganics Wild Indigo Moon powder 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk . —.— ?Pink Pitaya Smoothie: 2 frozen bananas 1/2 pink pitaya 1 tsp @moonorganics Wild Pink power 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk . —.— ?Spinach Mango Smoothie: 1 frozen banana 1 cup ripe mango chunks 1 large handful organic spinach 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk . . . Stay healthy and safe ??✨? . . #immunitysmoothie #smoothiebowl #immunitybooster #immunityfood #veganbowls #adaptogensmoothie #medicinalmushrooms #energyfood #energysmoothie #veganfamily #veganmom #bestofvegan #bestsmoothiebowl #eatyourmedicine #veganlife #fightcorona #foodsthatheal #healingfood #healingsmoothie #powerbreakfast #veganpower #easyveganrecipes #eatmoreplants #plantsthatheal
Ingestible adaptogens have been making waves in wellness for many years. Not only this, but they have become a daily habit for health enthusiasts. Now, it’s time for the use of these ancient substances to move from your kitchen to your bathroom. Let’s revitalise your skincare routine!
How do adaptogens work?
Adaptogens work by “hacking” the stress response in the body. This gives us more resilience to handle and recover from various stressors. These can include environmental, emotional, mental and physical stressors.
In response to stress, there are 3 stages our bodies go through. It’s referred to as general adaptation syndrome (GAS):
- Alarm phase
- Phase of resistance
- Phase of exhaustion
When we encounter a stressor, the body produces hormones. These hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol attempt to resist the stressor. As we fatigue, we enter the exhaustion phase.
Adaptogens lengthen the resistance phase. This allows us to resist the effects of the stressor and hold off exhaustion. Although adrenaline and cortisol have many benefits, too much may damage our health. Reducing stress with adaptogens helps to reduce the production of stress hormones. Of which, at such a volume, could be quite dangerous.
Adaptogens boost the adaptive store in all of our biological systems. Additionally, they help to guide the body to find its own natural homeostasis. These mood-boosting herbal supplements are non-stimulating, non-addictive as well as do no harm.
The physical responses to stress can cause a whole host of unpleasant symptoms. Furthermore, if the stressors continue it can lead to chronic illness.
Research on adaptogens has found they have several positive effects on the body:
- prevent stress
- calm the central nervous system
- increase mental work capacity
- enhance attention
- prevent weight gain
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What makes adaptogens so good in skincare?
As well as fighting stress, adaptogens fight the signs of ageing skin. This occurs through their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant as well as skin rejuvenating effects. Being able to combat stress, as well as being packed full of skin supportive vitamins and minerals – they are a perfect fit for use in beauty. Adding adaptogens to your beauty kit is a natural way to defend your skin. Protect it from the signs of ageing as well as seriously upping your skincare game!
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Six of the Best
Our top 6 favourite products that feature adaptogens.
Darphin Purifying Licorice (Liquorice) Foam Gel
Darphin Purifying Licorice Foam Gel. £25.00; available online at John Lewis.
For normal, combination and oily skin types, this gently purifying foam gel has superior cleansing abilities. Not only do they cut impurities and makeup, but they leave the skin feeling clean without aggravating. Formulated with Liquorice, which is known to successfully treat atopic dermatitis, rosacea, as well as psoriasis. Along with helping in the improvement of hyperpigmentation due to its powerful antioxidant and UV-fighting effects. Activated with water, you only need a tiny amount of product to sufficiently cleanse the skin.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap
Soap and charcoal are a match made in skincare heaven! Activated charcoal (not the kind you use to heat your BBQ) is a super gentle wonder ingredient that deeply cleanses along with purifies the skin. Along with clear trapped dirt, bacteria and toxins like a magnet.
Although this adaptogen is not plant-derived, activated charcoal is still fully adaptogenic. In addition, it improves the appearance of blackheads, breakouts along with stopping new spots from forming.
Ideal for use on oily, combination, sensitive and balanced skin types.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap. £5.00; available online at The Body Shop.
Organic & Botanic Acai and Goji Berry 10 Minute Face Mask
A double dose of adaptogens powers up this luxurious skin regenerating face mask. The anti-ageing combination of Acai and Goji Berry purifies, hydrates and stimulates the deeper layers of the skin. This works to encourage cellular regeneration, resulting in glowing, younger-looking skin.
Organic and Botanic Acai and Goji Berry 10 Minute Face Mask. £21.99; available online at Indigo.
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Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil
Ashwagandha, shiitake mushrooms and turmeric are the adaptogens that give this beautiful, non-greasy face oil its super skincare abilities. Formulated with hemp seed oil that soothes and hydrates for deeply nourished skin.
Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil. £42.00; available online at Cult Beauty.
Considered to be the most powerful, and certainly the most popular adaptogen, ashwagandha stimulates the production of vital compounds and proteins responsible for optimum skin health. These include elastin to keep the skin firm and supple, collagen for skin strength and hyaluronic acid for skin hydration.
Ashwagandha is the perfect adaptogen for dry or ageing skin.
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A symbol of youth and longevity long used in Chinese medicine, these supercharged mushrooms have been proven to improve and enhance the visual appeal of the skin. They help brighten the skin, as well as improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Furthermore, their anti-inflammatory properties ease skin conditions caused by inflammation such as rosacea, acne and eczema. Additionally, they are also able to speed up skin renewal and increase skin elasticity.
One of the most studied herbs in science, turmeric offers multiple skincare benefits. Consisting of both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties it helps fights off acne. Additionally, it helps reduce dark circles and protect the skin against both UV damage and ageing. Its antioxidant properties help to reduce scarring, as well as deeply hydrating and revitalising dry, damaged skin.
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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil. £34.00-68.00: available online at John Lewis.
The marriage of vitamin C and turmeric was a power move for Sunday Riley. It results in a powerhouse of a facial oil that does make your skin glow. As well as preparing you for the day like a C.E.O.
Revolution Skincare Calming Boost Moisture Cream with Turmeric
Turmeric extract works at soothing as well as brightening the skin. Grape seed and castor oil moisturise as well as smooth the skin without leaving an oily residue. At only £10.00, it’s a botanical beauty bargain!
Revolution Skincare Calming Boost Moisture Cream with Turmeric. £10.00; available online at Revolution Beauty.
Are you using adaptogens in your skincare regime and getting results? If so, what products do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to know!
Wishing you all the good things
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