Life has many problems; skin breakouts should be one of them!
You know that feeling of anticipation of when you’ve been preparing yourself for that important business meeting or your first date in what, like a million years? Those type of situations can really take its toll on a person’s well-being. We’re not saying that you’re almost off to cuckoo-land, but physically and emotionally, it does have some kind of effect on you.
We all deal with different stresses, whether job-, family-, neighbourhood-, or constant struggle-related. However, have you noticed how your skin reacts to these situations? Which makes sense, by the way – our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and it can show signs of stress in several different ways, such as acne breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads and who knows what other heads…
Stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol (such an ugly word!), which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to skin problems and can worsen other skin problems such as psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It can also cause hives and other types of skin rashes and trigger a flare-up of fever blisters. Talking about sensitivity, neh?
Now, if that isn’t enough, we feel insecure about the condition of our skin. We feel bad and wish we could’ve changed faces with the next best pretty ones, which even causes more stress! Some of us are just so thankful for wearing masks… But hold your horses; there are ways to keep your skin (and mind) clear, balanced and stress-free.
7 Ways to keep your skin clear and balanced
- Don’t neglect your skin: It’s crucial to have a good skincare routine every day, but the problem has to be tackled from all Your diet should consist of protein, carbohydrates, good fats and natural sugars, as well as masses of antioxidant-rich leafy greens. You have to get those 2 litres of water in every day! Sleep is a must ‘coz it allows your skin time to repair itself.
- Get regular exercise: It’s good for your body and your skin. Build your home gym and get your heart going! Exercises switch off the sympathetic nervous system and kickstart the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers cortisol levels and calms us down. Supplement your body with magnesium through a body lotion or bath salts, which brings us to the next point…
- Bath or read a book: Time-out! Find the time to engage in a relaxing, re-energising activity that makes you happy – read a book, take a warm bath, get a massage, listen to music, meditate, or practise yoga and deep breathing exercises.
- Take a walk: LOL! You won’t die if you take a walk around the block or to the supermarket. It’s soothing, and yes, you’ll think about a lot of things, but you’ll be pretty amazed at the solutions to your problems popping into your head…
- Destress and moisturise: Incorporate one or two anti-stress skincare into your routine to overindulge and calm an angry visage. Healing and oil-reducing zinc for inflamed spots can get your skin back to its chilled A targeted moisturiser is another brilliant way of bolstering skin, such as a recovery cream that’s designed for those SOS moments. It’s incredible; however, avoid heavy creams, ointments, oils and anything highly fragranced.
- Say NO: We all experience the level of enough, and it’s OK! Set boundaries to lower your stress levels. We’re humans, not robots, and if you simply don’t have the time, energy or whatever say so. Take care of you, yourself, and your skin first!
- Talk to someone: We’re all in this skin stressed thing together. We encourage you to talk to someone if stress negatively impacts your health and well-being. Confide in a trusted friend, family member, or therapist. Even just knowing you have someone by your side can help you feel stronger in your capability to handle stress.
Our biggest advice – ‘don’t worry, be happy’… Try not to worry; in the end, the things that stress us out the most aren’t even worth it!
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