“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
-Tina Fey, Bossypants
Ever feel a little Blorft? I know I do, even something as simple as writing this blog post can get me Blorfted as heck. Why you are stressed and what you can do about it goes beyond the scope of this (although I’m told Rose all day can help) – but I can help with what that stress is doing to your skin.
Adaptogenic herbs have been used for centuries but the term “adaptogens” was first coined by Russian scientist Israel Brekhman in 1947, who outlined the following criteria of how to classify herbs as adaptogens:
Increase the body’s ability to cope with internal and external stresses.
Exhibit stimulating effects after both single-time use and prolonged use, leading to increased working capacity and mental performance under stressful and fatigue-inducing conditions.
Normalize the functions of the body.
Are entirely safe and have no negative side effects.1
One of the first symptoms you’ll notice when your skin is stressed is a lack of hydration. According to Dr. Denny Engleman, MD, a NYC-based dermatologist “Studies have shown that stress impairs skin barrier function, including its ability to retain water.”
Aloe is one of the best clinically-proven hydrators and it also happens to be the first ingredient listed in all of our products (did you know skincare ingredients are listed in order of percentage of the ingredient used?). Negin Niknejad, a holistic esthetician and herbalist says “I use the fresh aloe vera leaf and I apply it as serum to clean skin before a moisturizer but I also like to use it as a mask on my clients if their skin is super dry.”
Besides dehydration, stress can have a myriad of other effects on your skin, including acne breakouts, impaired wound healing, exacerbation of psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. Don’t just take my word for it – our friends at WELL + GOOD did a great piece on this topic.
The most important thing for your stressed out skin is to maintain a regular skincare routine with quality adaptogenetic skincare products. Combine that with lots of water, exercise and sleep and you’ll give your skin everything it needs to be successful!