Stress has a negative impact on our skin. When our minds are anxious, this causes our hormone levels to spike, which in turn makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. This can lead to various skin conditions and aggravates any problems you already suffer from. In other words, when your mind is in a panic, so is your skin. That’s why when you’ve got something important coming up, you burst out in spots. The most helpful thing to do is to get to the root of your stress and find a way to manage it. And while you are dealing with that, here are some ways you can help to prevent or reverse some of the stress on your skin.
Relax your skin
You may have noticed that, when you are stressed your body’s natural reaction is to tense up. This applies to your skin too. If you are constantly tightening the skin on your face, this will lead to permanent “worry lines” on your forehead. Set yourself a few reminders throughout the day to close your eyes and just let the skin and muscles in your face relax. The more you do this, the more you will be aware when you are tensing allowing yourself to correct this behavior easily. And don’t forget about the rest of the skin on your body. Book yourself in for a full body massage at a good spa, like Keturah Day Spa, and feel you skin and muscles relaxing.
Help your skin to glow
When you are stressed, your skin cells are not as active as they usually are, making it look very dull indeed. Take some measures to help your skin brighten up. Exfoliating and moisturizing will help to stimulate your skin cells. There are many home remedies that are effective at waking up dull skin. An example is natural yoghurt mixed with honey that will exfoliate the surface and leave your skin with a healthy, natural glow. In terms of makeup, use a highlighting product on your cheek and brow bones to give you an instant glow. Do be careful to use moisturising products rather than those that are powder-based as they can settle into lines and make them more obvious.
Look after your health
When we are stressed, we all have a tendency to consume unhealthy food and to eat erratically. As well as this, we don’t sleep well and avoid healthy activities like getting fresh air and exercising. Although you may be tired and run down, convenience eating, late nights and limited physical activity will all contribute to the signs of stress on your skin. It’s important to eat well and drink plenty of water in order to maintain healthy skin. Take measures to help you sleep if you are struggling like listening to relaxing music and exercising during the day. Plenty of natural light will also improve your skin (providing it is protected with an SPF).
We hope these tips will help you to keep your skin looking gorgeous.