Insider Secrets To De-Stress The Skin
How Does Stress Negatively Affect The Skin
Stress causes an increase in cortisol levels, resulting in the skin becoming more sensitive and reactive. Not only does stress show up in our faces, but it can aggravate skin conditions. Stress also leads to a breakdown in collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles!
Before we get into some ways to de-stress the skin, you must know what is causing it; knowing what triggers cause stress is half the battle. While we know you can't control them all, being aware of these triggers is a step in the right direction.
You Can't Do Everything, And That Is OK
Having too many things on your to-do list can increase stress levels. From managing working at home, home schooling, daily chores, and those honey do's that are on the backburner, it's easy to feel like any time you try to relax, your mind gets bogged down about everything you need to do, and you start to feel guilty. Hence, you want to focus on what you can control and learn to prioritize. You can't do everything and that is OK!
A Lack Of Sleep Can Ruin Your Skin
It is called beauty sleep for a reason. Getting plenty of rest is essential for skin renewal because as we sleep, our skin rests, recovers, and renews. But a lack of sleep due to stress harms the integrity of the collagen in the skin. When your collagen production is compromised, the skin will show more noticeable aging signs by becoming thinner, less firm, and even prone to wrinkles. Aside from premature aging chronic stress can also cause flare-ups in acne, psoriasis, and even eczema.
The Winter Blues Because Of Lack Of Sunlight
Did you know that the winter months have the worst ways of playing with our emotions? From colder temperatures, fewer hours of sunlight, and the lack of sun, all are culprits of knocking down even the most upbeat personalities.
As we all stay indoors more than ever before (especially because of COVID), our exposure to wonderful sun and Vitamin D has hugely reduced! So you need to be creative and find ways to combat this. For example,
- Don't Dismiss Daylight: Even though the skies may be grey, and it seems like the sun is on a hiatus, there is still some daylight that can lift your spirits. So, pull out that winter coat, gloves, hat, and scarf if need be and tell old man winter to buzz off and say hello to the winter sun, with a quick walk.
- Artificial Sunlight: No, we are not talking about a tanning bed here, but rather light therapy systems (you can find many of these on Amazon) that can mimic the sunlight's effects.
Tips To Hydrating Your Body Caused From Stress
If you are stressed, chances are you're not drinking as much water as you should, which will take a toll on your skin. If your body is not hydrated your skin starts to feel and look dry and flaky.
For a dewy, hydrated complexion, you want to drink at least eight glasses of water a day (alkaline water if possible). Even consider adding lemon to it for an extra detoxification boost.
Hydration, Skindration Time
Skincare is integral to de-stressing skin, too. Utilizing ingredients ranging from highly effective emollients and natural antioxidants like squalene to hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatory ginseng feeds the skin what it needs to calm down.
For an instant hydration fix, use a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, an element that occurs naturally in the body and holds 1,000x its weight in water. A product with hyaluronic acid like our 24-hour Collagen Serum is perfect for infusing the skin with a multi-layered moisture system to recharge and restore the skin's suppleness instantaneously.
Another brilliant way of bolstering the skin with hydration is by employing a nourishing day cream to provide long-lasting moisture for a glowing and smoother looking plump complexion.
A Cool Calming Eye Treatment
Puffiness around the eyes is a common side effect from not enough sleep and water retention, leaving your eyes screaming for some TLC. And an excellent trick to pamper those eyes is to store your eye cream in the fridge! The relief that comes from using a fresh-out-of-the-fridge eye cream is to die for.
A fantastic eye cream is our Ginjo Moisturizing Eye Cream. This cream is formulated to help minimize fine lines' appearance, firm the skin, and address puffiness to leave the eye area looking firmer.
How Does Your Diet Affect Your Skin
While eating some of those prepackaged foods may be convenient and cheaper, they are not always best for your body. Too much-refined foods, with sugar or a lot of added salt, can drain the body of essential vitamins and minerals. This, in turn, encourages premature aging, reduces energy levels, and can leave us feeling rundown and tired.
Another thing to consider is adding some hydrating foods into your daily diet. Some fruits and vegetables have a high percentage of water in the—foods like celery, cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, even Chia seeds.
In summary, when it comes to combating stress, you need to tackle it from all angles, as a great skincare routine alone will not do the trick. You want to make sure you are eating healthy, keeping yourself well hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep. Adding these to being aware of stress triggers and how to deal with them will allow the skin time to repair itself.