reduce the effects of stress on your skin
Chronic stress can take a toll on skin health, causing signs of fatigue and promoting acne, redness or discomfort. But research shows that not all stress is bad for us. Some forms of stress may benefit our health – including the skin.
In fact, there is such thing as "positive stress." This is the brief stress we feel when we care about the task at hand, such as preparing for a race or helping our kids get to school. Studies have shown that positive stress can release oxytocin (aka the love hormone), which counters the effects of too much breakout-causing cortisol as well as neuropeptides that lead to itchiness.1 One study has also suggested that positivity may be correlated to faster skin barrier recovery, or the skin's ability to heal.2
Stress, Skin and the Mind-Body Connection
The skin contains a plethora of nerve endings that are in constant contact with the brain. This is why fear can lead to goose bumps, excitement can lead to sweat and embarrassment can lead to hot, flushed cheeks. While it's not possible to think your way to healthy skin, it can help to channel stress in healthier ways, which can have positive effects on your whole body – including your skin.
How to Stress Positive
At Dermalogica, we believe in "stressing positive," or embracing stress as an opportunity that leads to a positive outcome. Here are a few skin-healthy ways to stress positive:
Be aware of what you can and can't control. If you are feeling "stressed out," take a quick moment to shift focus to what you can control. Your skin may thank you.
Open your eyes.
Your eye area is often the first to show signs of stress. When you're about to take on a challenging task, give your eye area a quick massage with a hydrating product like Stress Positive Eye Lift. This can help energize your skin and reduce visible signs of fatigue.
Breath deeply & sleep well
People with stress always do not get enough sleep which causes many problems to their health and also their skin. They also take frequent shallow breaths without realizing it. This can make anxiety worse. Try an aromatherapeutic product like Sound Sleep Cocoon to breathe deeply and slowly, lavender oil in this product will send you to a restful sleep and at the same time other active ingredients help to nourish to give you a fresh look and feel in the morning so you can face your stress much better.
Use SPF even in “cloudy day”
When people get stress, they tend to neglect their healh especially their skin health. They may skip some steps in their skin care routine like moisturizing skin or applying sunscreen causing skin to be dehydrated, dull and aging faster. You may consider to try 2-in-1 product Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 a medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF50 to protect the skin and minimize skin-aging triggers.
- Aguirre, Claudia, and Annet King. "Skin and the Brain: Uncovering New Links." Skin Inc. 28 Sept. 2012: n. pag. Web.
- Robles, Theodore F., Kathryn P. Brooks, and Sarah D. Pressman. "Trait Positive Affect Buffers the Effects of Acute Stress on Skin Barrier Recovery." Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2009. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.