INHALE

Scent ther­apy doesn’t just soothe your mind, but your skin as well.

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If you’ve no­ticed a sud­den out­burst of an ex­ist­ing skin con­di­tion – acne, pso­ri­a­sis, eczema – chalk it up to an­other thing you can blame on stress. “Stress causes the ac­ti­va­tion of cer­tain cells that lead to in­flam­ma­tion,” says Dr Loretta Ci­raldo, a der­ma­tol­o­gist in Mi­ami. You’ll likely see the ef­fects on your face first since that’s where break­outs are most ap­par­ent. But if you don’t tame your nerves, you may even start to no­tice hair loss and, in se­vere cases, bumps, ridges, and dis­coloura­tion on nails, Dr Ci­raldo says. She is a pro­po­nent of scent ther­apy, ex­plain­ing that 15 min­utes of mind­ful­ness a day cou­pled with a calm­ing es­sen­tial oil can go a long way to­wards less­en­ing stress enough that symp­toms may not ap­pear at all.

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