We all experience stress in our lives and this can take its toll on our appearance and emotional and physical wellbeing. Many causes of stress can be overcome and there are lots of positive steps you can take to reduce and relieve your stress.
Here we reveal the effects of stress on skin and share our top stress-busters.
Effects of stress on your skin
When we encounter a stressful situation, it can trigger several responses in the body.
According to the NHS stress can raise our heartrate, make us sweat and may cause headaches, muscle pain and a lack of appetitei.
Stress can also affect our circulatory system and our hair, nails and skin. People with chronic stress may notice that their hair and skin look dull. This is because when we are stressed our hormone levels rise and our arteries become narrower, restricting the flow of blood and nutrients around the body.
5 ways stress shows up on your skin
In addition to restricting the amount of blood flow, stress can affect skin in the following ways:
- Excess sweat
- Spots and breakouts
- Itchy skin / Urticaria/ Hives / Nettle rash
- Eczema flare ups
- Premature ageing
Managing stress naturally
It is important to take positive steps to manage your stress and there are several things you can do to help manage stress naturally and improve the state of your mind and your skin.
When stress shows up on your skin it can affect your confidence and cause you further stress. Building a natural skin care kit could help you feel more comfortable in your skin and more in control of your mind, body and situation.
3 skin care essentials for stressed out skin
DEODORANT: Take the stress out of sweating by applying our long-lasting natural deodorants. Designed to enable your skin to breath, our organic formulations won’t stop you sweating but will restrict the bacteria that causes BO, whilst also caring for the delicate underarm skin.
SPOT CARE: Stop spots from stressing you out with our Oy! Clear Skin Blemish Concealer. Designed to conceal and mend spots, this blemish-buster is packed with Zinc, Tea Tree, Green tea and Omega-3&6 to encourage a clear complexion.
ECZEMA CARE: Has stress caused your eczema to flare up? Our Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion contains Jojoba esters and Squalane which could help restore moisture and balance to the skin. Be sure to moisturise your skin several times a day and if your eczema continues to cause problems, we recommend speaking to your GP or dermatologist.