Stress vs skin

 Stress is something EVERYONE faces at some point in their lives. Even if you are the most put together person you too can feel anxiety at some point over the little things and then beat yourself up for doing so. Stress in small doses is a good thing. It helps us to meet challenges, deadlines or keeps us on our toes for hitting a target! Statistics indicate stress levels are on the increase. A snapshot from a study of 2000 individuals showed Brits feel stressed for an average of nine days per month. For those that don’t feel stressed this equates to 15%. Evidently stress can affect the majority of us (85%) experience worry of some sort! So you ask how do I prevent stress taking effect on your skin? First - let’s understand the effects of stress When we feel under pressure and we feel an inability to cope with it. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can flood the system and levels that don’t go back down to normal after the pressure can have a huge impact on our skin and well being. Top 5 effects of stress on the skin/ body 1. Inflammation – Stress has been shown to increase inflammation in a disproportionate manner exacerbating conditions such psoriasis, acne, eczema. 2. Lifestyle choices – By eating too much or making unhealthy choices such as fast food or smoking or increasing your drinking which can robs the skin of its glow 3. Disturbed sleep is a common hallmark of stress. It robs the skin of a chance to renew and rejuvenate itself causing more wrinkles 4. Caffeine hits – how often has poor sleep induced tiredness resulted in us reaching for an injection of espresso or multiple coffees. The effects of caffeine is dehydration of the skin 5. Belly fat – Stress related weight gain can be attributed to more than what we put in our mouths cortisol raises blood sugar to help the body cope with whatever is stressing it! If it’s circulating for prolonged periods it can increased storage of visceral fat FEEL GOOD INSIDE AND RELAX Do something that makes you feel good. There’s no set of rules to harness this state of zen but let’s be real we’re all different and what fits for one will not fit for another! Here are our tips to combating stress 1. Take time to be still you are allowed. Mindfulness listening to calming music for 5-10 mins can make a difference, yoga or even Tai Chi can bring balance and restore calm or even a bath with candles without being bombarded by the kids will do the trick. 2. In the midst of the craziness take a breath - breathing techniques can instantly calm a situation right down. Breath in for the count of three, hold on four and breath out on five 3. Exercise- whether your taking a brisk walk dancing, hitting the treadmill can burn off nervous energy and release feel good endorphins 4. Protect your sleep. Avoid caffeinated drinks before bedtime, switch off electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime, drinking a malt drink or chamomile tea for a natural sedative for sleep. 5. If you love reading books in bed do that! Remember to be kind to yourself. Make a commitment of time to yourself and your skin and your mental health with thank you in the long run

About the Author

Dr Olha has been working Aesthetics for more than 8 years. She has published numerous journal articles on aesthetic treatments and been invited to speak at National and International conferences. Her attention to detail, technical ability and amazing results quickly led to her establishing herself as one of the best Aesthetic Practitioners in the UK.

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