Have current events taken its toll on your skin?
Skin is the body’s largest organ so it’s no surprise it’s where we can easily see the impact of stress. Stress can wreak havoc on our complexion and leave it looking less than perfect. This happens because the body ramps up its production of cortisol – a naturally occurring hormone that elevates blood sugar, triggers inflammation, and breaks down collagen. The result: a dull, uneven, and very tired looking complexion. Of course, everyone’s skin will react in different ways, as we all have different genetic makeups. It’s important to pay attention to what your skin needs and change your routine accordingly.
It’s also times like this where all our healthy habits go out the window. Sleep schedules, hydration levels, and proper nutrition are likely the first things to go. Not to mention trying to keep up with your skincare routine! Normal activities can feel difficult during times of stress but you can take control of your skin and give it the TLC it needs right now.
Here are three signs your skin is stressed out and some tips for getting back your glow.
DEHYDRATION AND DULLNESS
Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and, in regular amounts, is necessary for your body to cope with day-to-day stress. In times of elevated stress, your body increases its production and this is where you can really start to see the impact this has on your skin. Increased cortisol levels diminish the body’s ability to retain water, leaving your skin dull and dehydrated. To combat this, it’s essential to boost the hydration levels in your skin. Make sure you are locking in this moisture to keep your skin dewy, hydrated, and comfortable.
Your body understands stress as a form of attack, and reacts accordingly. As a way of protection, the body forms inflammatory cells. The increase in the inflammatory cells can trigger flare-ups of any skin conditions that you may be prone to such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. This is why it is important during this time to keep your skin well hydrated, soothed and protected.
BREAK-OUTS & ACNE
Increased cortisol can lead to a rise of oil production in the hair follicles. The hair follicles are attached to our sebaceous glands where our body produces our oil. This is what causes breakouts and, in some cases, acne. During times of stress it can be tempting to pick at your skin, however it’s very important to avoid giving in to that temptation. Picking at your skin will cause a spread of bacteria, more inflammation, and can lead to long term scarring. Products that you use should focus on decongesting, keeping the skin balanced, and reducing inflammation and harmful bacteria on the skin.
Skin reacts to stress in many ways and everybody is different. This is why it’s important to choose products designed to target your specific skin needs. Understanding why and how your skin is responding to stress is the first step to treating it.
Don’t let stress control your complexion. It’s time for you to take charge and get your glow back!