You can't grab it off the beauty aisle shelf, but relaxation may be one of the best and most natural forms of skin care available. You see, stress wreaks all sorts of havoc on your skin. And relaxation – in whatever form it takes for you – helps to alleviate stress.

"How does stress affect your skin?" First, although the exact mechanism is unclear, stress can worsen acne.

Stress can also lead to flare-ups of psoriasis, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions. It has even been noted that stress can undermine the skin's ability to protect us from infections by bacterial pathogens. Not to mention that we tend to frown or furrow our brow when we're tense – surface stresses that can lead to wrinkles.

So, save some money by forgoing a few pricey skincare products. Invest in relaxation instead!

Amy Toffelmire