Can't you see I'm stressed
Stress is a common human condition, and everyone experiences it at some point in their lives. And while you may think of being stressed as solely a mental state, that’s not true, stress can affect your entire body. We can often see stress manifest itself on our faces in many ways from dry skin to acne.
Your body responds to changes in your psychological state; conditions like stress, depression, and anxiety can cause new skin issues to develop or existing skin issues to flare up. When you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into your body. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Chronic stress leads to constant increased levels of these hormones and can have a negative effect on your skin health.
Additionally, psychological conditions cause increased internal inflammation. When your body perceives a threat, the immune system sends out a response to handle it, that response is inflammation. Usually, inflammation helps protect and heal our bodies from microbes and wounds, but a body under stress causes the immune system to overreact and send out an inflammatory response.
However there are many ways to handle stress and one we highly recommend is the practice of grounding. Grounding techniques help you pull back from negative emotions, memories, thoughts, or flashbacks and focus on the present so you can calm down. Many techniques involve focusing on one or more of your five senses.
Incorporating this concept and meditation into a daily skincare routine can have a huge positive impact on your stress levels. By spending some time everyday giving your mind the chance to either wind down from or prepare for the day, you are giving your body a chance to healthily manage your stress. If you want to get started on the path to clear, glowing skin and a lower stress life, check out our hydrating heroes and stressed skin bundles for your daily skincare routine!