Stress management is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle. Unmanaged stress can contribute to serious health issues like high blood pressure, infertility, obesity, diabetes, mental health issues and much more. Whether you choose yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, exercise, candle-lit baths or counseling, it’s important that you take regular inventory of your stress levels and actively choose to manage them. Do you remember to check in and manage the stressed areas of your life? Are you paying attention to all areas of stress, even in your skin?
Yes – your skin gets stressed, too! Just like every other organ in your body, and every area of your life, your skin is susceptible to the negative effects of stress.
3 Signs Your Skin is Stressed
Below are 3 common signs of stress to look out for in your skin and what to do about them.
1. Congestion – Is your skin feeling clogged, bumpy or irritated? Congestion is one of the most common indications that your skin may be stressed. Internal responses to stress, like an increase in cortisol levels, can cause sudden inflammatory responses that wreak havoc on your skin. Think sudden breakouts, irritation and even broken down collagen and elastin fibers. When cortical levels are elevated, manage your levels with stress reduction practices like breathing exercises, essential oils or meditation. Then show your skin some love with a detox mask or deep cleansing facial!
2. Dehydration – Is your skin dry, cracking or dull? When your skin becomes dehydrated, you can see it and you can most often feel it. Tightness, itching, and exaggerated lines are a few common indications that your skin might be lacking in the hydration department. To avoid dehydration, make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water and incorporating hydrating ingredients into your daily and nightly routines. A few ingredients to incorporate are hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and essential fatty acids like ceramides to reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
3. Damage – Is your skin showing quickening signs of aging? Have you noticed accelerated discoloration, exaggerated wrinkles or thin, crepey texture? Signs of damage like these often come from environmental and lifestyle factors like UV exposure, pollutants, smoking, and drinking, and though they may take longest to appear, they have the most longstanding effects. Unfortunately, time machines are not yet a thing, so the best way to address years of damage is with medical aesthetic procedures. Consult a professional to learn what procedures would be appropriate for your damage and your skin.
The most important thing we can do to reduce the effect that stress has on our skin is to remain actively aware of stressed signs and address them as soon as possible.