So you’re doing everything by the book, even with screaming kids or a meeting at 8am or exams coming up, you have your skincare routine down pat, in between work, sport, kids, social life you’re getting a monthly facial… yet your skin is still going cray cray! What the?!
Well unfortunately skin problems aren’t all potions and beauty treatments, and as per your hectic lifestyle above, it makes reason to believe stress could be a contributor!
The way stress affects your skin is that when you are tense, anxious or under pressure, your brain releases cortisol, a stress hormone (as if we need any more hormonal issues) into your blood stream.
This puts our skin into over drive. Oil glands ramp up production, which causes breakouts, it dilates blood vessels which can aggravate rosacea and cause redness and flushing, skin can become dehydrated and more sensitive! Wonderful!
Another ‘exciting’ affect it has on our skin is it makes us look older!!
Don’t furrow your brow now, you will cause lines!
From the age of 20 we lose 1 percent of our skin’s collagen supply annually and let this not cause distress, as you will begin or enhance the stress hormone even more! Triggers such as relationships, money, work, study, can cause stress.
We all know that it already is not good for your heart and brain just as it is unhealthy for your skin. With stress levels higher than ever these days it is certainly affecting more than your energy levels. It is impacting the health and appearance of your skin and body!
Working with internal and external remedies such as good skin care and daily stress management techniques you can certainly get that stressed out skin, under control!
- Nourish your body with healthy foods.
- Boost circulation with exercise
- Practice meditation- if you’re getting tense at work or the kids, step away and take some deeps breaths, re focus and calm yourself.
- Good sleeping habits- try removing electronics from the bedroom, having a bath or doing some stretches before hitting the hay.
- A glass or three of wine and a smoke could seem great after a long day, try swapping that for a short walk and a fresh juice to unwind- much healthier for you and your family.
- Try and walk daily, fresh air and nature are a natural stress reliever. Even 20-30mins before dinner can be so beneficial!