Acne, wrinkles, and fine lines are not a great look. Stress can wreak havoc on your skin, and while the holiday season is filled with lots of fun, it is anything but calm. Stress is your worst enemy when it comes to achieving clear skin for many reasons. The stress hormone, cortisol, causes glycation which triggers the skin to harden and break down collagen. This causes the skin to prematurely wrinkle. Yet another reason stress is bad for your skin is because it slows down your digestive tract. Slowing down digestion can cause bacteria to travel to other parts of the body and cause inflammation which leads to breakouts and irritation.
Stressed Skin Can be Identified as:
- A dull appearance
- Sudden Acne
- Dark circles
- Rosacea, psoriasis, eczema flairs
- Dry skin
- Fine lines appearing where there were none before
How to Help Stressed Skin
Helping stressed skin is all about calming and balancing. Staying hydrated is extremely important for your skin, make sure you keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Getting regular facials is a huge help to get your skin back on track also. Facials allow your esthetician to use targeted treatments to subdue and even reverse the signs of stress. Along with regular facials, it is extra important to stay on top of your at-home skincare regime. Making sure you are washing off the pollution of the day from your skin, morning and night, as well as using a toner to help balance your PH. Moisturizing is extremely important to balance your natural oils and help to combat that dull appearance. The most important thing you can do to help your skin during this fun-filled, but stressful holiday season, is to not wait until the problem is at its worst point before seeking help. Do not forget to enjoy this wonderful time of year, but keep your skin health in mind.