It’s no secret that stress affects our health – and stress can show itself on your skin. Psychological stress can appear in physical ways such as breakouts and skin irritations. Even mild stress and anxiety can risk the health of your skin. Stress causes changes in your brain and body that can result in skin changes, so it is time to anti-stress.
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Possible Signs of Stress include:
- Dry Skin
- Hives & rashes
- Bags under eyes
The brain-skin axis can translate psychological stress into the skin. The stress hormone, for instance, causes increased oil production. This leads to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Pro-inflammatory cells then respond to the hormones and contribute to skin conditions. Stress even causes changes to the proteins in your skin and reduces elasticity.
The brain-skin axis can be a tricky cycle to beat. Environmental stressors on the skin (like UV light) can send stress signals back to the brain. Psychological stress can also disrupt the skin’s barrier. This aggravates existing skin conditions and causes flare-ups (e.g. acne flare-ups). We know that stress can impact pre-existing conditions like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Working on handling stress can help the skin.
How to Anti-Stress Your Skin
- Reduce stress. Take some time out for yourself to relax – read a book or take a bath. Treat yourself and book a SkinBase facial.
- Adopt consistent healthy habits. Exercise, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy.
- Don’t let your skincare stress you out. Keep it simple and consistent. The SkinBase Skincare Essentials set contains all your skincare basics. A simple approach which includes everything you need to keep skin in its best condition. The minimal steps of the routine will reduce stress. The moisturiser and SPF will protect from environmental stressors on the skin – and reduce your skincare steps.
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