Have you been spending a fortune on skincare products, facial serums and taking vitamins to help keep your complexion clear? There’s another cornerstone of skincare that you may be forgetting about that plays a major role in breakouts – emotional wellbeing. Psychological stress and skin are closely linked. Stress causes skin conditions and skin conditions causes stress.
Emotional stress can be linked to numerous skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, to name but a few. Stress is linked to flare-up’s or break outs as well as slowing the skin from healing, making it harder for your skin to recover from the outbreak.
The brain has a stress-activated pathway that causes the release of various chemicals and hormones that drive inflammation (which causes a host of skin issues) in both the body and skin. Feelings of emotional distress lead to the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, which is known to affect the immune system (making the skin worse at defending itself), delay healing and disrupt the skin’s natural barrier.
In a harsh catch-22, the worse our skin looks, the more it can impact our mental wellbeing, prompting feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety and, well, misery. So, what can be done? Victoria Whiteley, Aesthetics Practitioner and the founder and Director of Absolute Aesthetics, provides expert advice:
It’s important to tackle the problem from all angles – even the most brilliant skincare routine won’t do the job on it’s own. Make sure your diet includes protein, carbohydrates, good fats and natural sugars, as well as a lot of antioxidant-rich leafy greens; ensure you are drinking several glasses of water not just caffeinated drinks to reduce the effects of dehydration on the skin and body; and ensure sleep is made a priority to allow the skin time to repair itself.
Routine is Key
Along with a consistent exercise routine, don’t forget to also do mindful activities to lower your cortisol levels, even if it is just a self-care bath that gives you a chance to breathe deeply to calm the nervous system and skin.
Skincare is also an integral part to destressing skin too. Utilising ingredients ranging from skin barrier-building ceramides to hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatory serums that feed the skin with what it requires, is pivotal in aiding the skin to calm down. Incorporating a skincare routine with gentle ingredients can soothe an angry visage.
Read more on our previous blog post on Lockdown Skincare Maintenance to learn more about the perfect skincare routine during these tough times.
The way you apply your skincare is just as important too. Consider gently massaging your face which helps to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage and collagen production while prompting the body to relax. It’s really a win-win.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. However, when stress becomes chronic it can leave a lasting impression on your face. Minimising avoidable causes of stress in your life and learning techniques to manage stress can help you fight against these conditions.
No matter how your skin is reacting you can seek solace in the fact that we’re all in this skin stressed moment together. Absolute Aesthetics offer medical skincare products that will have an active effect addressing some of your concerns that may increase due to stress.
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