Stress has a direct impact on our skin’s health. When you are experiencing stress, the brain secretes hormones that induce the release of cortisol – a stress hormone from our adrenal glands. Human skin has receptors for this stress hormone, the activation then may result in varieties of changes in our skin such as increased inflammation, more oil and sebum production, and impaired resistance to infection. If you have acne-prone skin, chances are, your skin is most likely to show visible signs of stress. Though stressors may be gone, the effects of stress on your skin may still be visible. As such, highly encouraging you then to do a de-stress on your skin as well. When was the last time you treat your skin to an all-out pampering? Uh-oh! Whether you are experiencing stress or not, our skin deserves a little bit of pampering every now and then. Having said all these, let us explore some of the practices you should be incorporating into your usual routine when you are dealing with a little bit of stress.
Take a break from what is stressing you out
After all, you deserve to take a break. Treat yourself to an all-out pampering. File that vacation leave. Do not feel guilty for taking a break from what is stressing you out, may it be a job or stuff at your home. Allow yourself to breathe. This will not only benefit your health and skin it is also beneficial to your mental health in recalibrating your focus.
Exfoliate the dead skin cells away
Exfoliation plays an integral part in taking care of your skin. Stress may somehow contribute to a build-up of dead skin cells. Thus, highly suggesting to exfoliate your skin twice a week as it helps slough off those dead skin cells. Giving you a fresh new vibe. Having said that, we got you covered on your concerns about exfoliation, giving you your skincare guide on what better way to exfoliate your skin.
Get enough rest
Quality sleep is indeed important. A 7-8 hour of sleep per experts advice should be followed. Your body benefits a lot when you are getting just the right amount of sleep. Nothing wrong with investing in your bedroom needs such as a comfortable mattress and pillows plus setting your bedroom up to be the perfect temperature is also of big help. Reduce your caffeine intake in the evenings and see to it as well that you have some time away from that most loved device of yours before going to bed. On the other hand, if you are one-off those who struggle to get quality sleep at night because of stress, you might want to consider the help of aromatherapy – this has long been considered since ancient times.
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Time to change your diet
Stop feeding your body junk foods as it will do no good not just to your skin but to your entire well-being. Incorporate a diet enriched with Vitamins A, C, E, and B. These vitamins are always good for the skin. Make it a habit to eat lean protein such as chicken and fish. Healthy fats like nuts. Green vegetables such as kale and spinach plus of course fruits loaded with vitamin C such as citrus fruits like lemon and orange. On the other note, how does the idea of sipping some herbal teas sound to you then? Try any of these herbal teas that might be beneficial to your process of de-stressing your skin: (1) Matcha, (2) Hibiscus tea, (3) Jasmine tea, and (4) Ginger and Turmeric Tea. Getting rid of day-to-day stress completely would not be possible but your everyday measures and practices may actually help you combat visible effects of it on your skin.
Develop an ideal beauty routine for stressed skin
Your skin pretty much suffers when you jump from one skincare product to another. In fact, there is an emerging trend in PsychoDermatology proving the science behind the skin-brain connection. Dr. Alia Ahmed, PsychoDermatologist at The Royal London Hospital, said that this connection can be explained via the Hypotahalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) or most commonly known as our central stress response system. It is where the human brain and emotions overlap with the hormone system. Having said all this, when we are experiencing stress, cortisol then triggers imbalances that can lead to flare-ups on our skin. Skin concern during times of stress varies from one person to another, one may be suffering from dry and dull skin and others may be more susceptible to acne breakouts when dealing with stress. Don’t panic! Follow a simple and regular skincare routine. Do not confuse your skin from jumping from one product to another. A simple skincare routine should always be inclusive of cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and of course, your daily dose of SPF. However, if you think that your skin is not getting any better. You can never go wrong with seeking professional advice.
De-stress your way to happy skin
During this most uncertain time, staying indoors opens up to you exploring what more you can do to make staying out home more fun. Do not dwell too much on the negative side of any situation, instead, why don’t you try some self-soothing techniques such as meditation or yoga. This may serve as a wonderful complementary practice to therapy. It is good that you have something to look forward to every week. According to Dr. Nevins from American Osteopathic Association, incorporating yoga into meditation and breathing helps improves one’s mental well-being – because it creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes minds, and sharpens concentration.
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