Although many studies relate stress to the drying and aging of skin faster than it should, it is your gut feeling that honestly tells you what’s making you look older than your age. Whenever you look in the mirror, and you see your furrowed brow, you know that stress does not help you look good in any way. In fact, stress gets your skin to wrinkle faster, making you look old and dry.
Recent scientific studies show how cortisol or more popularly referred to as the stress hormone is getting under your skin and it poses a myriad of harsh effects on how you look and your overall skin health. However, what science reveals says a lot about how your skin can look stressed out even when you’re doing everything you can to keep it healthy.
How then should you take care of your skin? Here are some expert tips to help out:
Chronic stress keeps the skin from its natural ability to hold water; thus, the dry skin effect when you’re so stressed out. More than drying, moisture loss also diminishes the natural luminance of the skin. To correct this, make sure that you use products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Their low pH level keeps the skin from further drying if not inflammation.
Cortisol also contributes to the increase in sugar levels in the blood, which damages the collagen and elastin. These proteins are the ones responsible for keeping the skin smooth and plump. Stress also causes constant muscle tension, which then leads to permanent wrinkling of the skin. To counter this, make sure that you reduce the chances of being caught in a stressful situation, whether at home or in the office.
Stress can increase the blood flow making the capillaries expand. And because stress also lowers the immune system, constant redness and irritation of the skin become evident. To correct this, you may opt to use topical creams and apply them daily. Make sure they come with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as licorice and allantoin.
Stress can bring about some adverse effects on the human body. The most evident of them all is its effects on the skin. Natural aging is part of the process. Don’t hasten it by putting yourself under a lot of stress. Loosen up and little and relax.