STRESS AND SKINCARE: UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON YOUR SKIN
Published March 29, 2023
With our fast-paced lives and never-ending responsibilities, it's no surprise that most of us experience stress on a regular basis. Although managing stress should be a priority for the sake of our overall health, it's also important to consider how stress affects our skin. This article is dedicated to people who want to understand and take charge of the influence stress has on their skin. We'll discuss the science behind stress and skin health, tips to prepare your skin for stressful periods, how to treat stress-induced skin issues, and ways to help your skin recover from stress.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND STRESS AND SKIN HEALTH
Stress activates the body's “fight or flight” response, causing the release of stress hormones like cortisol. When cortisol levels are high, it can lead to inflammation and weaken the skin's barrier, making it more susceptible to issues like dehydration, redness, acne, and irritation. Stress can also exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions, like eczema or psoriasis.
PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR STRESS
To be proactive in caring for your skin during stressful times, it's essential to establish a consistent skincare routine that focuses on nourishing and protecting your skin. Look for gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers that don't strip the skin of its natural oils. Incorporate products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and antioxidants. to strengthen your skin's barrier and help it retain moisture. Don't forget sunscreen during daylight hours, even if you'll be mostly indoors, as this will help prevent sun damage.
MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS TO PREP FOR STRESS
FOAM CLEANSER with hyaluronic acid to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and hydrate for younger-looking skin.
Start your day with HYDRA-AOX . With five antioxidants, this daytime serum shields your skin from external aggressors and revitalizes your complexion.
Then apply HYDRA-HYAL SERUM with 5 pure hyaluronic acid at night to hydrate, plump, and smooth skin.
TREATING YOUR SKIN DURING STRESSFUL PERIODS
When dealing with high levels of stress, it's important to keep a close eye on your skin and address any issues that arise. If you notice breakouts, try incorporating a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help clear up the blemishes. If your skin feels dry or irritated, use calming products containing ingredients like chamomile, aloe, or colloidal oatmeal. Avoid picking at your skin, as this can lead to scarring and further irritation.
MUST-HAVE SKINCARE COLLECTION TO ADDRESS BLEMISHES AND WRINKLES
AGE-PURIFY; our dual-action skincare collection developed with aesthetic doctors and dermatologists. This collection of skincare products is designed to reduce blemishes, spots, blackheads, and redness, while also combating the signs of aging, in a single step.
GIVING YOURSELF SOME TLC
Taking breaks and making time for activities you enjoy can help alleviate stress. Whether it's practicing yoga, going for a walk, or indulging in a luxurious at-home spa day – put your needs first whenever possible. One great way to combine self-care and skincare is to dedicate one night a week to a DIY spa treatment, complete with a calming face mask and a warm bath.
MUST-HAVE FACE MASKS FOR AN AT-HOME SPA DAY
SCRUB & MASK with perlite spheres to gently shed the dead outer layers of skin while an exfoliating enzyme acts to reveal completely new skin.
HYDRA-FILLER MASK; this super-moisturizing sheet mask is soaked in a hyaluronic acid formula to concentrate the power of a serum in a mask for moisturized and visibly plumped skin in 15 minutes.
HELPING YOUR SKIN RECOVER FROM STRESS
Once the stressful period is over, continue to practice self-care and mindfulness to help your body and skin recover. Maintain your skincare routine, and consider adding in treatments like gentle exfoliation or a rejuvenating serum to help your skin regain its radiance. Focus on getting enough quality sleep, as the skin regenerates and repairs itself during the night. Finally, don't forget to hydrate and nourish your body with a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to promote healing from within.
MUST-HAVE SKIN RECOVERY TREATMENT
NCEF-SHOT; This powerful 10-day anti-aging treatment is ultra-concentrated with NCEF, which is a unique complex with encapsulated active ingredients used in mesotherapy injections: hyaluronic acid, amino acids, vitamins, coenzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. It improves overall skin quality, correcting wrinkles and boosting skin firmness and radiance. It’s ideal to use not only during periods of stress or fatigue, but also during changes of season.
In closing, the negative effects of stress on our skin can be frustrating, but by understanding the connection and implementing strategies for prevention and treatment, you can navigate stressful periods with greater ease. Remember to prepare and nourish your skin, care for it during times of stress, practice self-care, and promote recovery once the stress subsides. By doing so, you'll be supporting your skin's health and resilience, while also taking care of your overall well-being.