Do you ever get stressed out? The recent months of a pandemic showed us that even people who are always laid-back start to feel anxious. It’s common knowledge that stress affects the entire body, including skin, hair, nails.
The skin is the first to react to strong stress we go through. What’s the result? Wrinkles, dark spots, broken capillaries, and even acne breakouts… generally not good! Today I will tell you what stress is and how to soothe its symptoms. Keep reading!
Stress. What is it and how it affects your skin?
Most people are familiar with this condition. Stress is the body’s reaction to some unpleasant experiences and situations. It often has very bad effects. When you feel stressed, your body produces hormones that have a very strong (negative) effect on health and good looks.
Let’s focus on the skin, though. How does stress affect the complexion? Unfortunately, it has a very bad effect which appears through deterioration of your skin. You are likely to be bothered by:
- acne (even as an adult)
- dilated capillaries, redness
- inflamed skin, eczema
- wrinkles, loss of plumpness
- extremely dry skin
- lots of pigmentation spots
Damaged and brittle nails, thinning and fragile hair, dandruff or itchy scalp are common consequences too. We react to stress differently so skin conditions differ. I go through three most common problems here.
Stress and skin conditions: how to fight them effectively?
1. Stress vs Acne
We all know what acne is. It often comes along with excessive oil secretion and unhealthy shine.
Unfortunately, eliminating acne takes time and suitable means. Colloidal silver and salicylic acid are the best remedies. Choose products with 2% acid concentration. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid is lightweight, effectively repairs the epidermis and treats acne skin. It is perfect for combination, oily, acne-prone skins. It works great, not drying skin out but moisturizing it.
2. Stress vs Broken Capillaries
This turns out to be a very common effect of strong stress. I used to think that broken capillaries bother only a handful of unlucky people. Currently, around one-third of the world population is fighting with this condition! It is caused by a busy lifestyle and stress triggering over-activity of capillaries. To make things worse, it may lead to acne rosacea and red patches on the face. That is why it is great to get a good anti-redness serum or calming cream, and go for a soothing mask for couperose skin once a week.
3. Stress vs Wrinkles
Without doubts, stress triggers the appearance of wrinkles and premature aging. The elasticity diminishes so skin loses plumpness and gets very dry. How to get rid of wrinkles? If they are fixed and deep, eliminating them is tricky. When it comes to fine lines that aren’t deep, you can easily fight them. Try a good face serum like Nanoil Retinol Serum and make use of massage. I apply my serum and massage the face with a jadeite roller. Obviously you can use your fingers, Gua Sha or other tool you like. Face yoga brings great results after only two weeks!