It's time to de-stress for your skin's sake!
Stress can increase your risk of developing depression and anxiety, negatively impact your immune system, and increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Not to mention those stress hormones wreaking havoc in your skin. Hmm, no thanks!
Our bodies produce more of the hormone cortisol, when we are feeling stressed. Excess cortisol ramps up the activity of the sebaceous glands, causing the skin to produce more oil, which leads to blocked pores and breakouts. It also accelerates the ageing process as it breaks down elastin and collagen. Uh, not what we want at all as elastin and collagen are what keep our skin supple and youthful.
When your body starts producing excess cortisol, it loses its ability to retain water as cortisol inhibits the production of hyaluronic acid, skin’s natural moisturiser. This is what leads to dehydrated skin simply because your skin lacks enough moisture. Dry skin often accelerates the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles as well.
RASHES & REDNESS / SENSITIVITY
Since stress has the potential to weaken your immune system it can lead to an imbalance of bacteria in your gut and skin known as dysbiosis. This in turn can manifest as "all of a sudden sensitive to everything you try" skin with added redness and mysterious rashes.
Stress is known to trigger or aggravate several conditions that may cause rashes or inflamed skin, such as psoriasis, eczema, and contact dermatitis.
HOW TO DEAL WITH EXTRA STRESS?
In today's life everyone will feel that extra bit stressed from time to time. It's so important to remember to take time every single day to address it. Be it a 10-minute guided meditation or stretching session or just a quick minute long mindful breathing and mindset correction, it will help massively. Of course the longer you give yourself time to reset in a day the better it might be but even very short resets help!
TIP: These days finding a nice guided meditation is so easy! Spotify is full of them on about any subject. Stress relief ones are very popular. One of my favourite artists on Spotify is The Honest Guys, purely because his voice is extremely calming for me.
Another way of adding a little stress control in your life is to use aromatherapy. The blissful aromas of essential oils can calm our mind and bodies very quickly. There are many roll-ons, spray bottles and aromatherapy diffusers out there.
Our new favourite diffuser comes from The Goodnight Co. Their stone grey version instantly relieves some of our worries as it's just a delight to look at :).
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