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Surprising Ways to De-Stress . . . and there’s a Mask for that!

Surprising Ways to De-Stress . . . and there’s a Mask for that!

Surprising Ways to De-Stress . . . and there’s a Mask for that!

Everyone has their own story to tell, the story that makes them who they are. With these stories come unique highlights and accomplishments as well as personal challenges. No matter your story, there is one thing that we all have in common right now; we are all having to learn and navigate the “New-Normal” that is Covid-19. While we may all be facing the same pandemic, we are all facing it from separate angles with unique personal situations; different problems, stressors, and obstacles to overcome.

It has been over  100 years since a generation was confronted with such a sudden, life changing, global pandemic and we all are having to give both emotionally and physically because our families, communities, and businesses need us now more than ever. With this all this constant giving, we want to know, how are you doing?

Have you ever heard the saying, “you must take care of the caregiver?” You need to take care of yourself too. The greatest wellsprings of comfort are Love, Family, and Community; but alongside, there are those little things that help us push through any given day. Here is a closer look at the art and science of self-care with some surprising ways to de-stress!

Music is always a go-to, but have you ever searched for binaural beats on YouTube? According to research published in Medical News Today, binaural tunes are exceptionally soothing; vibing with brainwaves on levels that may calm you down and help you sleep or help you focus and concentrate. Experts suggest they are best enjoyed with headphones because of their specific, stereo-engineered compositions, but their fascinating sounds also resonate nicely through earbuds and speakers.

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While clearing your head with these soft, calming sounds, treat your skin to a mask that not only de-stresses but also works quickly to address your most pressing skin concerns. Applying a mask is a peaceful ritual. You know that this is something special, you know in advance that you will have a great outcome, and you know exactly how much time it will take – so unlike many stressful activities during the day that cannot deliver this.

A skincare ritual is comforting – the warm water, the cleansing, followed by that wonderful moment when you gently use your soft cotton towel, eyes shut, listening to your own breathing. Followed by the sensory experience of the toner aroma as it is applied to your face, the sleekness of a serum, the drenching of the perfect moisturizer.

For the perfect experience, treat yourself to a mask brush and use it to gently stroke a thin layer of the soft, fragrant mask over your stressed, clogged pores. Then sit back for 15 minutes and let your mind drift among the ethereal sounds of binaural music. Afterwards, gently remove the mask with lots of cool water.

Pevonia’s co-founder and creator, Sylvie Hennessy says that no matter how hard her day may have been or how exhausted she is, that she will not go to bed without her skincare ritual. This act of self-care creates a clean break from the intense focus on matters of the day; transitioning, nourishing, and preparing her for rest.

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Pevonia’s Pure Skin Charcoal Mask contains the finest micronized charcoal for skin care that easily pulls toxins out of your skin. Combining natural shea butter and squalene, it also infuses essential skin-compatible lipids that moisturize, protect, and soften your skin. Its wonderfully aromatic grapefruit extract offers astringent and brightening benefits, too. This gentle mask is suitable for all skin types.

Sometimes stress makes you want to throw things! We resist acting on that (for the most part), but some say, “Do it! – Toss Something!” Patricia Moreno is a New-York based fitness trainer who created the intenSati Method in 2005 (a mental state free of judgement), Sati365, and is the author of 7 Secret Principles to Thinner Peace.  Her 30+ years of sold-out workshops, speaking engagements and publishing have helped many make peace with their bodies.

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Being real here, we have obligations in our daily lives that prevent us from throwing things around; but channeled into something on a smaller, less dramatic, scale we can still make use of this de-stressor without creating a scene.

Patricia says, “Grab a ball or an apple, or anything you can toss. Pass the apple back and forth from one hand to the other, crossing the mid-line, so you are stimulating both hemispheres of the brain and interrupting and diffusing the pattern of stress you’re experiencing. You can do this at your desk, in the kitchen, while on the phone, or while trying to find a solution to a problem. After you do it for a minute or so, stop, take three deep breaths, and if you haven’t de-stressed keep tossing.”

Speaking of apples, after you’ve tossed one back and forth between three deep breaths for several hours (just kidding, then again – maybe not), you might want to think about making good use of your now leveled-out energy to indulge in another proven-effective version of apple-themed self-care with Pevonia’s Bright Skin Green Apple Mask.

With the much loved, joyful fragrance and brilliantly formulated ingredients of fresh, green apples combined with red clover, shea butter, green tea, and arnica; this dynamic, refining mask provides extreme hydration, plus exfoliating, brightening, and tightening benefits. Its astringent properties clarify and balance the complexion. It smooths out the skin’s appearance by controlling sebum production which visibly minimizes pores. 15 minutes later, your skin is revived with an evenly toned, matte complexion. This delightful mask is recommended for all skin types, including oily skin, combination skin, dehydrated skin, and dilated pores.

Find your fractals and prepare to relax! “Fractals?” you ask. Sounds a lot like math, and although doing math problems did come up in our research as a de-stressor for some, we won’t be offering anything that’s called a “problem” as a de-stressor here!

Fractals are probably the loveliest form of math. In the realm of psychology focused on stress, fractals are “repeating patterns that are identical, or similar,” according to Dr. Peter Lambrou Ph.D., discussing the book, Code to Joy in Psychology Today magazine.


“Examples in nature are leaves, snowflakes, flowers, ocean waves and similar elements in nature. Other examples in the form of art are mandalas, overlapping patterns and swirls.” The paintings of Artist Jackson Pollack were noted examples.

Let your eyes rest on fractals when you’re stressed. There is science to back this up. “Using fMRI imaging and other brain measurements, it appears that people have hard wiring that responds to certain forms of fractals in nature. It seems this stress reduction effect occurs because of certain physiological resonance within the eye.” The article says, “The results of many studies show that exposure to fractal patterns in nature reduces people’s levels of stress up to 60%.”

Some doctors use fractal-style art in their patient waiting rooms. Bringing nature-themed fractal patterns into a clinical environment that can be quite stressful is a welcome and soothing distraction. Certain architectural designs and landscapes use fractal patterns specifically to create a feeling of relaxation and harmony. On the popular social media platform reddit, there are entire communities of “subreddits” dedicated to fractal-style images. A favorite, with 4,801,761 followers and counting, is “oddly satisfying.”

Dr. Lambrou suggests walking in nature, visiting curated gardens, watching for patterns in clouds, and blowing bubbles – a time-tested favorite among kids, but not just for kids.

Youthfulness inevitably brings joy, regardless of age. This is the reason for Pevonia’s Ageless Skin Collagen Mask.

This mask delivers de-aging and plumping collagen polypeptides that penetrate deeply to repair signs of aging. It diminishes visible lines and wrinkles and rejuvenates the overall complexion. With an aromatic citrus scent and a silky-smooth texture that eases application and removal, the mask also infuses the skin with green tea antioxidants that combat free radical damage and reduce irritation. This mask is recommended for all skin types, especially for mature skin.

So, let’s put what we’ve learned here together into something we can all do easily with no stress whatsoever: Start with your face cleansing ritual and then apply the mask. Take in a few deep breaths and enjoy its bright, cheery citrus fragrance while drawing a warm, opulent bubble bath. Treat your senses to a choice of three blissful scents depending on your mood from Pevonia’s BodyRenew™ Bathing Pleasures, an aroma-therapeutic collection of bath & body products infused with ingredients that enrich your skin with restorative and de-aging benefits. Just thinking about these gorgeous scents is soothing: Pineapple & Coconut, Jasmine & Lavender, Peach & Vanilla...

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Now, settle into the tub, grab your phone, and do a search on “fractal images in nature” for 15 minutes. The results will make you feel like a happy, relaxed kid again!

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