Some days, it feels like stress is the new calm.
With our exposure to an influx of mental and emotional stressors - COVID-19, social media, the toxic nature of “hustle culture” - as well as physical stressors, including environmental pollutants and other free-radicals, stress is unavoidable in our society.
But how does all that stress effect our skin?
Knowing what to look for when it comes to the signs of stress, not only for the sustainability of your skin, but also your body, is incredibly important to your overall well being. You know your face better than anyone else, which is why it’s vital that you stay in tune with your skin, especially when beginning to incorporate clean indie beauty products into your skincare routine.
How Stress Effects Our Skin
While stress can be one mean mofo, the ways in which it is intertwined with our skin, are actually quite remarkable (but also gnarly). From potentially leading to the onset of certain skin diseases, to inhibiting the body’s ability to heal itself, stress can have long-lasting, damaging effects on our skin if not kept in check.
Cortisol is the primary stress hormone in our bodies, and has a huge impact on our skin when it’s levels are thrown off balance or increased (aka, we get stressed). For one, it can lead to an excess in oil production of the glands near our hair follicles, worsening acne in the process. Another indicator that our cortisol levels have increased is when pre-existing skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, appear more aggravated or flare up.
Those who live with chronic stress are more susceptible to cellular aging (a la, premature fine lines and wrinkles) as a result of daily stressors. As such, stress can also induce early signs of aging.
Our routines may also get the brunt of our stress, too. Proper steps taken that would normally help to ease the symptoms of a pre-existing skin condition (i.e. a well-balanced diet, consistent exercise, a proper skincare routine) may fall by the wayside if someone is stressed.
How To Decrease Stress
One of the best ways you can relax (and prep your skin for a clean beauty skincare routine) is with a good night’s sleep. Stress from a lack of sleep may potentially lead to increased acne production, with recent studies indicating that increased levels of stress are linked to the exacerbation of acne.
Practicing mindfulness can assist in creating the proper mindset for sleep, with free apps like InsightTimer offering accessibility to sleep meditations to help you drift off to the land of nod.
Seek out small businesses offering affordable clean beauty products with therapeutic benefits in the allevement of stress. Indie beauty brand MIFA and Co. delivers a wide range of aromatherapy products for the stressed out skincare lover, including their Eucalyptus Mood Mist. Described as a natural essential oil spray, the product helps consumers to reset their moods, while reconnecting to a relaxed state of being. We also offer their Eucalyptus Body Wash in our One Girl Can Gift Box.
There is a key difference between stress being a part of your life, and stress running your life. Knowing that we all experience stress at some point in life and that there are ways to deal with it when it comes our way, can bring some level of comfort to those of us who experience it.
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Lindsay Stroud is a freelance content writer and ghostwriter from Vancouver, Canada. She has previously been published on The Urban Dater. Lindsay is always open to discussing projects and opportunities with passionate brands and businesses and is currently accepting new clients. Find her online at lindsaystroud.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.