Here’s what stress does to your skin
As if feeling stressed isn’t enough, it can actually take its toll and wreak havoc on your skin, too.We know, we know — great, right? (Cue the eyeroll emoji here.) These effects can also taketheir time — you may see them overnight, or they may happen over a prolonged period of time.All of a sudden, you discover that your skin is red, irritated, breaking out, and just generallysuper angry. Read on to find out more about the skin issues that can crop up when you’refeeling stressed.
Emotions running high? That can definitely show on your skin. When Cortisol (AKA the stresshormone) leads to an overproduction of sebum (oil) in the skin glands, this can cause acne andbreakouts to form. This can especially happen when your emotions are running high and you’refeeling more stressed than usual, triggering your oil glands to produce even more oil.
If you notice that happening, don’t skip out on your skincare routine! While you may think itseems counterintuitive to put more products on your skin when it’s breaking out, you just haveto incorporate the ones that will help balance and calm the skin. Start with a cleanser to activelycleanse and purify the skin — Active Clay Cleanser contains Kaolin Clay to absorb excess oiland Activated Binchotan Charcoal to adsorb impurities. You can also try adding a face maskinto your evening skincare routine — like Sebum Clearing Masque , a soothing clay mask withdetoxifying, oil-absorbing clays and salicylic acid helps clear pore congestion.
Skin feeling generally drier, tighter and otherwise more dehydrated than usual? That could be asign of stressed taking its toll. The spike in cortisol can actually lead to dehydration and a brokendown skin barrier.
Be sure to moisturize — which is important every day, but especially when your skin is feelingmore dehydrated than usual. Look for one that is ultra nourishing for dry, depleted skin — like Skin Smoothing Cream , a next-generation moisturizer with advanced Active HydraMeshTechnology™ that infuses skin with 48 hours of vital, continuous hydration and moisture.
And don’t forget the H2O! Drinking a full eight glasses of water a day can help bring back thelost hydration in your skin and restore its natural glow.
Over time, stress can cause changes to the proteins in your skin, which reduces its elasticity.As you lose elasticity, you may notice the forming of fine lines and wrinkles. Look for a skincareproduct that addresses the signs of aging, like MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque .This ultra-replenishing face mask helps rescue dull, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photodamagedskin with a powerful, concentrated mix of Vitamins A, C and E, and Linoleic Acid. Pro-Vitamin B5also helps nourish damaged skin.
Stress can also cause your skin can become more reactive and sensitive, leading to redness,rashes, and hives. While you can’t necessarily restrict the blood vessels and capillariesfrom dilating, you can still help reduce redness with some targeted skincare formulas. Startyour skincare routine with a gentle, pH-balanced, non-foaming cleanser, like UltraCalming Cleanser , to help calm and cool reactive, sensitized skin.
What else to know about stressed-out skin
So you’re seeing the effects of stress on your skin. Are you taking care of your skin — andyourself? Or is it making you feel even less willing to take a little extra time for your skincareroutine? If it’s the latter, don’t worry — that’s a completely common reaction. Not gettingenough sleep, drinking enough water, or eating well can all impact how the skin reacts onceit’s feeling stressed.
Try calming the mind with some meditation or light exercise, light some candles, get in bed for afull eight hours, and don’t forget to drink water! And, of course, it goes without saying that youshould take a little extra time for self-care with your skincare routine, especially as a wind-downtechnique at night.