We’ve all experienced little moments of stress here and there. We all deal with stress factors, be it the kids, never-ending to-do lists, health worries, and even our finances. The leading cause of your skin looking less than radiant is none other than stress. If you’re more susceptible to stress every day, chances are your skin isn’t looking too great and you might want to reelevate your super-hectic schedule. If you’re struggling with dull, lackluster skin each morning- it’s time to minimize your chronic stress as much as possible.
If you deal with stress, it can manifest itself onto your skin with unhealthy behaviors and hormonal changes. Cortisol spikes cause a slew of hormonal imbalances that may cause inflammation around skin cells and premature aging. If you’ve noticed acne breakouts when you’re more stressed, your body is producing more cortisol that’s putting sebum glands into overdrive.
To prevent signs of stressed-out skin, it’s time to rebalance and restore your complexion with a few skincare and wellness tips. So, even if you're stressed, your skin won't look like it.
Move Your Body
We all know how important it is to exercise to reduce common health issues, exercising regularly can help decrease stress and improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling stressed out, go out for a brisk walk to boost your overall mood. Start with easy exercises like taking a stroll in the park or biking if you're currently inactive. Choosing an exercise that you like may improve your chances of staying consistent with it in the long run.
Soothing Face Mask
The first thing you can do to calm your nerves is a little spa treatment at home. Take a moment to yourself every time you’re feeling stressed with a pampering session to destress and decongest your skin. A clay mask formulated with lactic acid, kaolin, and bentonite clay will detoxify your skin from all oil, blemishes, and impurities, leaving it feeling calm, soft, and purified.
Calm Tired Eyes
When your cortisol spikes, you might not be getting enough beauty sleep. Changes in your sleep cycle can result in tired eyes that can look puffier, darker, and more prone to wrinkles. While the first thing you want to do is combat stress, using an eye cream infused with caffeine can help eliminate dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.
Aloe Vera Face Pack
Stress can cause a multitude of skin issues that can cause dehydration and premature signs of aging. To boost hydration, and reduce inflammation and fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots, using organic aloe vera gel can help stimulate collagen production and encourage new cell growth that can get worse with stress. Aloe vera is useful for its ability to combat acne and reduce inflammation. Because the gel inhibits bacteria from forming, you can say goodbye to annoying stress outbreaks.
Calming Me Time
Self-care is deeply connected with reduced levels of stress and increased quality of life. Practicing self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate or too time-consuming. It simply means looking after what makes you happy and helps manage your stress better. Whether it’s a soothing bubble bath, a warm bath, or a spa massage, whatever makes you feel as if you're fleeing all of your stress with an emotional vacation. You can also apply a rich, luscious night cream that smells calming on the skin, especially if you exfoliate in the shower before applying.
Stress can cause your body and mind to spin out of control. For mood booster and stress killer, aromatherapy using essential oils have a magical way of impacting our chemical and neurological systems. Diffusing a blend of oils such as lavender, lemon, clary sage, ylang-ylang, geranium, and chamomile before going to sleep has stress-reducing and anti-anxiety properties. Just diffusing your essential oils activates the human olfactory system, which is the sensory system dedicated to your sense of smell and is directly related to your brain.
While we know stress is an inescapable aspect of life, persistent stress is known to have a long-lasting negative impact on your physical and mental health. Let’s all take a moment to be mindful and in the moment to help improve our general well-being, your body will thank you!