3 Ways Stress is Affecting Your Skin
Your career! Bills! Your to-do list! Your ex!! Sorry, are we stressing you out? We get it, life can get stressful and that’s okay – it’s how we deal with the stress that matters. Here are 3 ways stress is affecting your skin and how you can combat those negative effects.
When you’re feeling stressed, your body releases cortisol. This can throw off other hormones in your body, which can cause breakouts on both your face and body. Stress can also cause an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in your gut, which can show up on your skin in the form of acne.
Managing stress is no small feat. A great start is to practice deep breathing; take big, full breaths that fill your belly and hold for a few seconds before exhaling slowly. Couple your deep breathing with lots of water and a well-balanced diet – this will help to keep a good balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut.
2. Under-Eye Bags
Is your racing mind keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, not catching enough z’s can cause fluid to pool below your eyes, leaving you with those designer bags you never wanted.
The easiest remedy for under-eye bags is, of course, to get enough sleep each night (easier said than done right?). One tip that worked wonders for us is to avoid screens an hour before hitting the hay. This lessens the strain on your eyes and lets your body adjust to the natural darkness of the night. Another great way to ease a racing mind is to listen to some natural sounds while trying to fall asleep. Spotify has some really unique playlists with everyday noises that can help you focus on something other than tomorrow’s to-do list.
3. Dry, Flaky Skin
When you’re stressed, it’s not uncommon to turn to drinks like coffee, soda or alcohol. Unfortunately for your skin, these dehydrate you and will ultimately leave your skin feeling and looking dry.
To maintain that dewy, fresh-faced look during stressful times it’s important to keep hydrated and drink lots of water. If you’re looking for a quick hydration fix, use a skin serum that contains Natural Hyaluronic Acid – this holds a ton of water and will pull moisture from the air into your skin.