Have you noticed your skin not looking its best in recent months but not too sure why? It could all be down to stress. We recently found out that a whopping 76% of people who took our skin assessment over the last year reported feeling moderate to high stress over the last year which resulted in an increase in skin concerns such as acne breakouts, ageing and inflammation.
Managing stress may seem hard considering so many modern stressors are systemic. However, it’s important not to get hung up on the stressors themselves but focus on how we deal with them instead. And since stress can have such a big impact on our skin, dealing with stress means tackling a number of skin issues. Here are 6 practical ways to soothe stressed skin!
1. Hydrate: In & Out
The skin reacts to stress by releasing cortisol. This can slow down the natural production of oil, resulting in dry, rough and irritated skin. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and apply a hydrating moisturiser morning and night.
2. Sweat It Out
Release energy to reduce stress and tension. Get your heart rate going with regular and consistent exercise. This lowers your cortisol levels, increases blood circulation and stimulates endorphins, meaning fewer breakouts, a stronger skin barrier and healthier skin!
3. Face Yoga
Facial muscles can hold a lot of tension. Face yoga, a.k.a face massages and exercises, can soften, relax, lift and firm your face muscles. This alleviates stress and tension, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and boosts circulation. You can use your fingers or beauty tools!
4. Skip Caffeine
Caffeine can elevate your cortisol levels and increase stress. Reduce your caffeine intake and opt for more antioxidant-rich foods. Citrus fruits, sweet potato, fish, tomatoes and leafy greens are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can ease skin issues caused by stress.
5. Digital Detox
Blue light emitted from digital devices can disrupt your sleep patterns. This means lower-quality sleep and increased cortisol levels. Limit your daily exposure to electronics and take regular breaks throughout each day to stretch and spend time away from screens.
6. Laughter = Medicine
Laughing can relieve tension and relax the muscles. It also releases endorphins that counteract the negative effects of stress, lowering your blood pressure as a result. Surround yourself with things and people that make you laugh!