Okay, so it is the holiday's and we are in the middle of a pandemic. Could life be anymore stressful? Of course. Well let's chat about what stress actually does to your skin.
When you feel stressed...
Cortisol is released which automatically stimulates oil from your sebaceous glands, which can clog your poses and cause a breakout.
The function of your skin.
Our skin has a barrier which is called the stratum corneum and when you are stressed this barrier has a hard time holding on to moisture.
So we all know that wrinkles are not really our friends and we spend millions of dollars a year on products to fight this. But one thing you could be doing that doesn't cost a dime is to reduce your stress. Stress causes actual changes in the proteins of your skin and in return reduces elasticity which will cause premature aging. Not only do we change how our skin functions but we can also cause wrinkle formation by a persistent furrow of the brows.
Immunity and Stress
During a pandemic as well as the winter cold season upon us we all need the strongest immune system we can get. Stress will not help. Stress actually suppresses the immune system in all organs, including our skin. This means that you can not only breakout, but our body can cause a reaction which can cause psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis. Control your stress and control your skin.
Breathing- If you feel like you are stressed take a few deep breaths in and blow out.
Meditation- This is the meditation that I use at night for bed. Beware it will put you asleep. I listen with my headphones on. MEDITATION VIDEO: https://youtu.be/1vx8iUvfyCY
Hobby-paint, draw, and or read. Try to get your mind in a different mode.
Self Care- Take a moment for yourself. Take a bath. Give yourself a facial. Just do something that tells yourself you care about YOU!
In summary, stress can effect the skin and you have the power to change that. Start small and just breathe. Don't let the little things get to you. -Julie