We’ve all experienced this before - you’re going through a particularly stressful stage in your life, and all of a sudden, your skin breaks out. This is perfectly normal, but very frustrating, and can often make stress and anxiety worse, which in turn makes your skin worse. It’s a vicious cycle to break away from.
Taking the time to understand why stress impacts your skin can really help you get on top of things, as well as learning relaxation techniques to reduce your stress levels. Here’s everything you need to know…
STRESS AND THE SKIN EXPLAINED…
Elevated levels of stress causes a chemical response in the body that makes the skin more sensitive and reactive. In addition, stress can delay the healing process, meaning spots and blemishes last longer than they usually might. During stressful periods, your body kicks up its production of cortisol, which causes your glands to make more oil. This can result in an increase in clogged pores and acne.
If you have any existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, stress can trigger a flare-up, and even cause rashes and increased sensitivity. What’s more is if your stress is caused by a busy routine, you may find it difficult to give your skin the proper care and attention it needs.
This all sounds pretty daunting, but it’s possible to get on top of stress related skin problems.
HOW TO MANAGE STRESS AND YOUR SKIN…
In order to get on top of your stress levels and improve your skin, it’s essential that you make some changes to your lifestyle. Here are our top tips…
1. Make your skincare routine a priority. Not only does this act of self care provide you with a little daily ‘me’ time, it will also help you take control of your skin
2. Where possible, take half an hour of exercise a day. Regular exercise will reduce your stress levels and improve circulation which in turn will improve your skin
3. Learn to say no - taking on too much is likely to make stress worse. Prioritize and learn to set boundaries that help you look after your own health and wellbeing
4. Make more time for sleep - 7-8 hours a night is essential to lower stress levels and provide the skin with the time it needs to regenerate
5. To keep on top of rising stress levels, practice daily stress management techniques. This could even be just five minutes of meditation morning and night, or half an hour of yoga
6. Focus on a healthy lifestyle. A good diet full of natural and wholegrain foods will improve your overall health and wellbeing and help you reduce stress levels
SUPPORTING YOUR SKIN WITH NATURE…
When you’re struggling from stress related skin problems, a great skincare routine is a must, but the products that you use will also greatly impact your skin. Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals, which in the long run will just make the problems worse.
Choose a natural alternative that focuses on nourishing and hydrating the skin. Our Rose Renew skincare range uses rose water and rosehip seed oil along with other powerful natural ingredients. Working to support the regeneration of the skin as well as hydrate and balance, the natural ingredients can greatly improve the impact of stress on the skin, which in turn can help reduce overall stress.
Although it can be easier said than done, try not to allow stress related skin problems to get on top of you. Put a routine in place to improve your skin and manage your stress and you will soon see an improvement and eventually bring stress levels back down.