Is stress affecting your skin?
After the stress of the last couple of years, it’s not surprising if your skin is a little under par.
The saying goes that “beauty is more than skin deep” and there is some truth in this.
Although the environment, your diet, lifestyle and the cosmetic products you use can all have an impact on the health of your skin, it’s important to recognise the role that your emotional wellbeing plays in keeping your skin as good as it can be.
Our bodies are programmed to have a “fight or flight” reaction to stressful situations. The spikes in adrenaline and other hormones are all about survival in times of extreme danger or pressure. Sadly, when these hormones are present over a prolonged period of time it can have a detrimental effect on our bodies. Stress is known to cause or exacerbate skin problems such as acne and general skin sensitivities. Sleep patterns often suffer when we have major worries on our minds. Every problem seems to be magnified causing interruption in sleep or even insomnia. It’s therefore not surprising that the end result will be sallow skin and dark circles under the eyes.
There is a theory that negative feelings have to find a way out of our bodies somehow and if we don’t find a way to deal with them, they find their way out through our skin.
In fact, skin problems can be an early indicator that we are feeling down or depressed before we’ve even stopped to recognise or acknowledge our feelings.
Inevitably life is going to throw stressful situations at us because this is unavoidable and why it is essential that you take time out sometimes from the daily demands on your time to look after yourself.
What can you do to reduce how your emotions negatively impact your skin? Nurture yourself. Because when you concentrate on your own well-being, often we can find the strength to deal with other demands. Managing a long, hot morning shower with lovely products and applying some make-up can set a different tone to your day so well worth the effort. It will also boost your self esteem which is vital when you are feeling down in the dumps. Make a pledge to be kind to yourself. Consciously relax and concentrate on your breathing. Lie on the floor if you get a chance…
Close your eyes and breathe deeply. By releasing tension in each part of your body you can fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face that are often caused by stress. Exercise can be difficult to fit in when you are so busy but it’s worth making the effort if you can.