April 13th, 2017

How Stress Can Mess With Your Skin


Arrrgggh! Sound familiar? Do you feel too under pressure and stressed out from your work or personal life? Perhaps you have been dumped with too much responsibility at work or had a new baby and are struggling to adapt. Stress can interfere with all aspects in our lives and take its toll on our mind and body. In particular our skin majorly suffers from the negative impact stress levels have on our body. So what happens to our skin when we are too stressed to cope?


Oil Overload

The chemicals in our brain go haywire when we are stressed out, releasing a hormone called cortisol that skyrockets in our system. This particular hormone causes skin to overproduce sebum, which makes pores greasy and oily.


Nightmare Acne

From the overload of sebum production in your skin this has the knock on effect of causing breakouts of ‘angry’ acne. This is because your pores are more prone to clog up from the excess oil and your skin is more sensitive and less immune to fight against it.


Psoriasis, Rosacea and Eczema Can Rear It’s Ugly Head

Millions of people worldwide suffer from sensitive skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and eczema, which by using the right topical creams can be controlled. Unfortunately, when stress strikes, this can trigger these skin conditions to rear their ugly heads and go into overdrive, causing irritation, redness and itchiness.


We have listed our top 3 ways to de-stress and make your skin happy:

Adopt A Healthy Skincare Routine

When we are too stressed and busy to function we skimp on the healthy habits in our lives such as getting enough sleep, eating homemade meals and abandoning a skincare routine. But don’t be tempted to leave your make-up on overnight or skip your skincare routine as your complexion will not thank you for it.


By not cleansing your pores from all the dirt and pollution that it has collected throughout the day, the bacteria build up in your skin will fester and cause breakouts. Be sure to properly cleanse your skin every night before you go to sleep to remove all grime from your skin. We recommend you use an overnight moisturiser if you suffer from dry skin to bring moisture back and enhance your daily glow. Try our Skin Balm with rejuvenating Plantolin extract.


Walking and Regular Exercise

Taking public transport can really test your patience with train cancellations, delays, packed carriages and traffic jams. Try to walk to work - this not only will make your mind more relaxed and give you more time to think about what you need to get done but it is another great form of exercise and contributes to completing your daily 10,000 steps goal that we are encouraged to do every day. If you are a bit far out to travel to your workplace do try to regularly exercise to help release endorphins and uplift your mood.  Dancing, HIIT and spin are a few activities to help you blow off steam and keep you focused so your thoughts will not wander.


Take A Bath To Help You Unwind

Taking a bath can be very therapeutic as you are stepping out of your day-to-day to do list and relaxing by yourself in a warm and comforting environment.  We recommend using some aromatic bath salts or candles to help you unwind further while getting lost in your favourite book or listening to some calming tunes.


13 / 04 / 2017

This is What Skin Needs Natural Skincare blog. Here we share tips for skincare, skin conditions and health.