Stress less and save your skin!

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!


  1. Nourish your body with healthy foods.
  2. Boost circulation with exercise
  3. Practice meditation- if you’re getting tense at work or the kids, step away and take some deeps breaths, re focus and calm yourself.
  4. Good sleeping habits- try removing electronics from the bedroom, having a bath or doing some stretches before hitting the hay.
  5. 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.
  6. Try and walk daily, fresh air and nature are a natural stress reliever. Even 20-30mins before dinner can be so beneficial!

Sensitive VS. Sensitised…

It is becoming more and more common for people to feel they have “sensitive” skin. They have symptoms of prickly, itchy, tight, red, blotchy and dry areas on their skin and this scares them away from using quality skincare in case they get a reaction.

This is so sad for your therapists because there is so much to offer and you as a client can gain so much from your skincare and skin treatments but it’s all about education!

There is in fact a difference between sensitive skin and sensitised skin! A true sensitive skin condition is caused by a genetic predisposition. They usually have a fairer, thinner skin; suffer from allergies and skin diseases such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.

Sensitised skin is a reflection of your environment, lifestyle and physiology. Stress, hormones, climate, pollution, cosmetics, medical procedures and lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking and alcohol can all lead to a sensitised skin. A sensitised skin displays more of a reactive response to these factors which other skins can tolerate. The symptoms can be similar to that of a true sensitive skin with the itching, burning, redness which is an inflammatory response.

Once we figure out what and where your sensitivity is coming from it is much easier to treat! What we want to do is control the inflammation and get the skin healthy again!

Sensitised skins generally have an impaired barrier which is allowing the microbes, pollutants and irritants to get in our skin and cause the inflammation.

Think of a layer in our skin that acts as a shield to protect us, has little holes in it, letting the badies in. We need to repair those holes to strengthen our skin so our ‘shield’ is strong again.

Finding out where the trigger is coming from makes it alot easier! The list can be ridiculously long and alot of lifestyle factors we may have to be willing to sacrifice or find an alternative for. Booking an appointment with your therapist is the best way to figure out a treatment plan and the correct skin care to be using. Your therapist can help you find out what triggers your sensitivity and how to protect your skin from further damage and premature aging!

Once you have repaired your barrier you can then look at treating any other skin concerns you may have and get your skin to a healthy state which leaves you looking fresh, hydrated, even and younger!

Dermalogica Ultracalming range is designed for a sensitized skin that is reactive or recently resurfaced. The products contain UltraCalming™ Complex    which had been researched and developed to treat all the triggers of a sensitized skin and protect and repair it from further damage!


Smooth away those lines and sensitivity…

Ultrasmoothing serum is here to save the day!

The skin around our eyes is 0.05mm thick and so many people have troubles with eye sensitivity so find it easier to neglect this area! Well Dermalogica has done it again and this time with a awesome 2 in 1 serum containing an advanced peptide that encourages collagen production (YES PLEASE) and cross linked Hyaluronic Acid for hydrating.  a blend of Brown and Red Algae and Golden Chamomile help to minimise puffiness as Oat Kernal extract helps soothe fragile skin!

Simply apply a small amount around the eye area, working from the outer corner inward,avoiding inside of the eye. can be used morning and night if you please 🙂