How stress affects your skin
Have you ever felt that when you’re stressed it shows on your skin? You are certainly not imagining it. Stress is not only detrimental to wellbeing, but it can also wreak havoc on the skin.
Whether you are catching up on work until the early hours of the morning or you simply cannot sleep, a lack of rest can cause dark circles around the eyes. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body produces more cortisol (aptly dubbed the ‘stress hormone’) to help us become more alert during the day. However, this increase in cortisol can cause the blood vessels under the eyes to swell creating those tell-tale dark circles.
Yes, there is such a thing as stress spots. You can thank cortisol again for that. When cortisol levels surge, they can send sebum production into overdrive. The accumulation of oil in the pores can cause spots, particularly in those who already have acne-prone skin.
Unfortunately, when we are stressed, our routines can become disrupted and we may find ourselves neglecting our skincare regime. For example, after a long stressful day at work, you may find yourself using a makeup wipe or even just sleeping in makeup. Some steps like antioxidant serums might be forgotten when you are in a hurry in the morning.
Stress is something we all suffer from at some point in our lives as pressure accumulates. While we may not always be able to control external factors, we can control how we handle stress. Here are a few things you can do that may help during stressful times:
If you are having trouble drifting off to sleep, you might want to consider adding Ashwagandha supplements into your routine. Ashwagandha is a very clever adaptogenic herb which can help you relax and drift off with ease. You can complement this supplement with Rhodiola which can help relieve stress and anxiety to help you focus during the day.
Running away from your problems (sort of)
No, we do not mean upping and leaving, but putting on your favourite playlist and going for a jog or hitting the gym is a great way to combat stress. While going for a run is not going to solve all your problems, exercise is an excellent mood booster and it can provide you with some clarity. A brisk walk on a lunchbreak can do wonders and taking on a new gym class can be a lot of fun too as well as looking after your figure.
Switch off (digitally and mentally)
Buzzing phones can be disruptive to sleep and if you are stressed at work, it can be tempting to check your emails when you should be sleeping. Switching your phone off an hour or two before bed or keeping it another room can help aid sleep. It’s a simple change but can help you settle quicker.