the skincare pharmD

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress: CBD Can Help

healththe skincare pharmDComment

This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.

In our modern, fast-paced world, stress is becoming a very common component in our everyday lives. It has become so common, in fact, that we no longer seem to notice stress until it has compounded into something bigger and has started affecting our health. Stress, or rather, stress hormones (a primary stress hormone like cortisol), are released into the body to trigger our “fight or flight” response. In dire situations, these hormones help elevate our energy supplies, increase the concentration of glucose in our blood, and even help our brain use glucose optimally for quicker decision making. However, long-term activation of the body’s stress system could cause a host of health problems — anxiety, depression, heart disease – to name a few.

Therefore, it is important we learn of ways to relieve ourselves of stress. Below are five simple ways to relieve stress:

1. CBD Oil

You’ve probably heard of CBD quite often this whole year. There is good reason for that. Aside from its uses in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy, it is also being used as a natural means of reducing anxiety and stress. This is because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a network of CBD receptors along our central nervous system. These receptors react to CBD by fixing imbalances, strengthening our immune system, and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. So a couple of drops of CBD oil every day might just be the trick to help alleviate our everyday stress.

2. Meditation

If you are looking for a very cheap way of reducing stress without taking anything, meditation is the way to go. Meditation has been known to help ease stress and anxiety by focusing our attention to emptying our mind and breathing deeply. Not only will this help you relax, it could also re-energize you to help you face the rest of your day with a bit more calm. If you find yourself stressed by too many meetings or an impending deadline, take a few minutes to center yourself, empty your mind of any thoughts, and breathe.


3. Exercise

Physical activity causes our body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. To people who have experienced what is called the “runner’s high”, this is actually the rush of endorphins released by your body as a response to running. Endorphins help our body reduce stress by helping our body overcome pain, and regulate our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol actually reduces the production of happy hormones in our body which will lead to more stress for us. Exercising would help build these hormones back up in our system.


4. Reduce Caffeine

We all have a caffeine threshold. Caffeine is known to help keep us awake and give us that boost of much-needed energy, especially in the mornings when all we want is to go back to sleep. However, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety which in turn causes stress. It could also cause heart palpitations, cold sweat, and some digestive upset when you take too much caffeine. So if you find yourself getting anxious after your second or third cup of coffee, it might be a good idea to skip that cup of joe and maybe have something with lower caffeine levels. Perhaps a nice low caffeine tea, or, dare we say, some decaf coffee?


5. Socialize

Spending time with friends and family is a great stress reliever. No matter how introverted and socially averse you are, there is always someone you prefer spending your time with. And for those of us who are extroverted, being with people is an energizing experience. Laughing and having an enjoyable time with the people you love will help you relax more, and forget about your woes. In women, spending time with family and children helps in releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever.

No matter your station in life, stress is unavoidable. Keeping these five tips in mind will help you in managing or maybe even relieving stress. And in turn will help you enjoy life more, avoid health issues, and even develop a healthier relationship with yourself and with your social circle.

Caffeine for Skin Tightening: Does it Work?

ingredients, skin carethe skincare pharmDComment

Did you know that caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug?


I have to admit that I’m a bit of a caffeine addict; you don’t want to mess with me before I’ve had my morning cup of coffee!


In addition to being a caffeine addict, I am, of course, a skin care fanatic, which is why I am definitely interested in skin care products that contain caffeine. While caffeine is purported to provide numerous skin benefits, it is most often used for skin tightening in products such as eye creams and anti-cellulite products.


So can caffeine really help to tighten the skin?


Bulletproof Collagen Protein - What Are The Benefits?

health, reviews, recipesthe skincare pharmDComment

I love everything about the Bulletproof brand, from Dave Asprey’s podcast Bulletproof Radio to all of the high quality products created to “biohack” your life. This blog post is all about Bulletproof Collagen Protein, a product that I have been using for about 6 months now. I’m pretty impressed with the results I’ve seen from this product and I want to share with you what Bulletproof Collagen Protein is and how it can benefit you.

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Review

skin carethe skincare pharmDComment

With fall right around the corner, I've been on the hunt for a new moisturizer to meet the needs of the changing weather. I currently use the Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel since its lightweight, hydrating formula is perfect for hot summer months. However, as the weather starts to cool down and the air becomes dry, I've been looking for a thicker moisturizer that contains skin-replenishing ingredients, and I think I've found the perfect product: the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Top Period Hacks to Improve Mood + Decrease Cramps, Bloating, etc.

healththe skincare pharmDComment

Did you know that PMS, the dreaded bloating, headaches, mood swings, cravings, cramps, etc., affects 75% of women?

It certainly takes a toll on me once a month, which is what inspired me to find out ways to “hack” my own biology in order to stop feeling so miserable during this time (and to save my boyfriend from my crying spells and irritability). If you’re looking for ways to alleviate symptoms of PMS, click to read my top period hacks derived from science!

Is Being a Pharmacist Worth It? 10 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pharmacist

pharmacythe skincare pharmD3 Comments

You may think I'm crazy for leaving a six-figure salary job, but the paycheck was truly the only benefit of being a retail pharmacist. This job was affecting both my mental and physical health - needless to say I was pretty miserable. Which is what prompted me to write this post: I don't want other young students in pharmacy school to make the same mistakes that I did.