Stress is one of the most common human conditions that everyone experiences in their lives. However, when stress becomes chronic, it offers an open invitation to a few serious consequential health complications and issues including depression, cardiovascular disease, poor immune system, etc.
You might be aware of how stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health but have heard about its negative effects on your skin? You heard it right! If you are stressed out, it shows on your face.
As a well-known skin clinic in Epping, we receive an average of 50+ appointment calls every other week related to skin treatments! Some opt for organic skin treatment, while others prefer non-surgical facelift or skin tightening treatment.
Effects of Stress on Your Skin
Are you feeling itchy, flaky, and irritated? That’s the early sign of stress on your skin! One of the common causes of dry skin is the nonfunctional stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the outer layer of your skin that contains an adequate amount of protein and lipids. These proteins and lipids play a critical role when it comes to hydrating skin cells.
Stratum corneum also acts as a barrier and protects the underneath layer of skins from the outside elements. When the stratum corneum doesn’t comply, it results in dry and itchy skin.
But how does stress impact the stratum corneum? Stress can impair the barrier function of your stratum corneum which may negatively affect skin water retention. Stress can also stagnate the skin barrier’s ability to heal itself.
When feeling stressed out, your body produces a generous amount of cortisol hormones. This cortisol can cause the hypothalamus (a part of your brain) to produce a hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH stimulates oil release from sebaceous glands that are present around your hair follicles. When an excessive amount of oil is produced, it can clog your pores which lead to acne formation.
Stress can lead to a poor immune system which leads to an imbalance of bacteria in your gut and skin. This imbalance causes redness or rashes on your skin. Stress is thought to trigger several conditions that lead to rashes or skin inflammation such as psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis, etc.
Helpful Tips To Keep Your Mind and Skin Stress-Free
Take Care of Your Skin
Ensure that you always maintain a good skincare routine every day. Being stressed makes you feel tired and sluggish. As a result, you may not want to get up and perform the face cleaning job. Yet, try to stick to your daily skincare routine as it will help your skin stay hydrated, fresh, and blemish-free.
Maintain Good Physical Health
The key to a stress-free mind and skin is regular exercise and other physical activities. It also releases hormones that can help improve your energy, mental health, and physical strength.
Consume a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid taking processed and sugar-laden foods items as it triggers body inflammation and causes premature ageing.
Take Enough Sleep
Give your body the rest it deserves. Getting enough sleep will offer your body the time to rest and heal. A soundless and good sleep can also help improve your overall mood and energy levels.
Take time to engage with activities that help you feel relaxed and happy – reading books, taking a warm bath, meditation and yoga, listening to music, or anything that helps you unwind from the outside world.
Spa Beautique is a professional beauty salon in Epping that offers a variety of clinical skin treatments including Skin Tightening, Organic Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Anti-Ageing Lift, Collagen Stimulation, Wrinkle Reduction, Non-Surgical Face Lifting, Fat Reduction and Cosmetic Tattoo.
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