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The Cycle of Stress and Dry Skin

By Naomi Whitfeld Seperating dot 04.07.2022

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Here’s the scenario- You’ve gone through a period of prolonged stress, but now you’ve come out the other side and are still having trouble shaking the feelings of tension or anxiety even though you’re doing everything “right” to de-stress.

Does this sound like you?

Did you know that tension from dry skin can make your mind feel tense as well?!

If you’ve been through a stressful time, your skin will almost certainly be dry. Dry skin doesn’t always look different to an untrained eye, but it is tighter and has less elasticity.
When you’ve been in this state for a while you possibly don’t even realise that your skin is constantly communicating stress triggers, the feelings of tightness, tingling or itching.

This constant “chatter” from your skin is emotionally exhausting.

It’s a simple fact that the tension of dry skin makes our mind feel tense as well.

You know the saying “Comfortable in your own skin”? While this relates to confidence, I feel it’s an appropriate analogy because when you are comfortable in your skin, you do feel more relaxed and better about yourself.

As you may know this is a subject close to my heart because of my own personal wellness journey, having cured my own stressed skin condition of eczema, which I had from the age of 11 until my early 30’s when I developed a passion for wellbeing.

I feel SO different about myself now that I have balanced my skins health!

When I meet people in our iKOU Stores, I love misting their faces with our Optimum Hydration Face Mist and giving them a squirt of our Baobab & Neroli Calming Face Oil to smooth onto their face.

The transformation is almost instant!

Once they have hydrated their skin, they look so relaxed- like they have let go of a burden. Part of this is the aromatherapy benefits of the calming essential oils in our blends, but a big part is that they have relaxed the tension their skin was holding from being dry and dehydrated.

Tips to Restore Skin Hydration:

  • Layer your moisturiser: Apply a second layer a few minutes after your first, really taking your time to massage in well.
  • Exfoliate once to twice a week
  • Moisturise morning and night.
  • Apply to your face and body- all over. Missing one area (like your feet or lips for example) can draw moisture from the surrounding skin.

Watch our video for dry skin face care tips;


See our top iKOU picks for combatting dry skin below!

x Naomi