Stress is unavoidable, whether it is our jobs, relationships, bills or even just life in general, it is something we all experience. But did you know if not managed properly, it can affect your skin and prevent it from looking flawless? Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.
Thoughts weighing on your mind can prevent you from getting your beauty sleep, leading to fluid collecting below your lower eyelid area, leaving you with puffy eyes when you wake. Research has found that stress caused by sleep deprivation increases signs of aging, such as fine lines, reduced elasticity, and uneven pigmentation. The loss of skin elasticity may also contribute to the formation of bags under your eyes. To reduce this, make sure you get your 8 hours and try some caffeine serums to help depuff and brighten the area under your eyes!
Stress also causes your skin to flare up, making those who suffer from acne, psoriasis, or eczema even more vulnerable targets. This is because stress releases cortisol, which can make all the other hormones go crazy in your body and this causes breakouts. Try a nice meditation or take some time for yourself to unwind and relax- you can even put on a facemask to chill! To treat those breakouts, try looking for products with niacinamide, tea tree oil, salicylic acid and retinol.
When you stress, you have a tendency to frown and wrinkle your forehead, purse your lips and furrow your eyebrows. If you constantly do this, this will lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines in these areas. Stress also causes changes to the proteins in your skin and reduces its elasticity. This loss of elasticity can contribute to wrinkle formation. To avoid this, don't only slap on some anti-ageing products but also try massaging your face to relieve stress as well as relax your facial muscles using a gua sha or facial roller.