I’m sure you know the principle that you’re what you eat, as it applies to your skin, Anything in your mouth has an effect on what looks good and bad on your face. Your may be milky that leads to a cystic flare-up in your jaw or the sugar on your forehead the next day or the light of a lot of water you drink every week on the other side of the spectrum.
So yeah, you know how your diet plays into your skin’s state, but have you ever thought about what your mental condition does? Were you ever in a great mood (maybe you newly loving or particularly glad) and did anyone say you were glistening? This is a real thing due to the wet and fluid sensations caused by dopamine, oxytocine, serotonin and endorphins.
Unfortunately, that means that other kinds of feelings, particularly stress, will affect your skin equally. Whether it’s a constant to-do list, schedules, FOMO, or just becoming a person in the world in general, stress is felt by everyone at some point. And while some short-term stress is very good for us it is “prepared for better results”. Something persistent on many levels is troublesome.
How is skin affected by chronic stress?
Apart from a continuously flooded brow and dark circles due to sleep stress, stress often activates a fighting or flight response that in turn causes blood to blow to the vital organs needed for the option of battle or flight: heart, lungs, brain. It’s not going to skin because blood is being re-routed. Stress also involves an increase in the amount of adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones with clear skin that don’t play nice.
A lack of oxygen and other essential nutrients in the skin results in a decrease in the circulation which slows the development of required skin building elements collagen, antioxidants, fresh skin cells. An off-whack endocrine system and an impaired immune system means a hormonal imbalance. It’s not a perfect skin moment!
How do know I’m stressing my skin?
It’s almost sure that the skin feels exhausted both mentally and emotionally. Check in with your skin if you’re not sure, is it doing strange things? Is it atypical to behave? Has the moisture / oil / texture unexpectedly changed, and the changes in climate or product can not justify this? It’s probably an answer to something that stresses you.
Signs about stressed skin + how it should be handled
Blemishes: It’s not a secret that tension sometimes happens as a flare up on our faces, and that is something for which we thank cortisol. Cortisol, also known as stress-hormone, can revive development of sebum and oil by enflammating oily skin, acne, and other skin-based inflammation problems such as eczema and rosacea.
Although you may want to take drastic action, get off the rough tones and peels! Fight fire and oil cleanup (like attractions and oil will bind to excess sebum), exfoliate your skin gently to take off dead cells before they get caught and finish off with serious watering in the form of hydrating and soothing the essential oils so that your oil glands are not overdriven.
Under-eye circles: In stressful times, one of the first things that gets messed with is sleep. It’s a wretched cycle: at night you stay up and think about what stresses you and then emphasise that you don’t sleep. Your alarm goes off before you know it, and dark circles are now de rigueur. Check for an eye cream, eye cream or serum of the same substance you would use to pick you up: caffeine for under-eye puffiness and shadows.
Dull skin: As described above, stress is less blood than the skin, which means less cell turnover that causes dead, dull skin cells to accumulate. You need ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs found in REN’s Regular AHA Tonic to give these skin cells the boost they need to travel around. End yourself with a fatty omega serum, and you’ll glisten in no time.