Ways stress affects your skin

It’s a known fact that stress is the root of many illnesses. Stress, which causes a lot of symptoms, also shows its power through various skin ailments. Even if you use good products to calm your skin and don’t address your stress, symptoms will just repeat themselves. You should manage your stress for not just the sake of your body and mind, but also for the health of your skin.

Stress can cause mental reactions, such as restlessness, anxiety, and depression, and physical reactions, like muscle tension and headaches. When we’re stressed, our bodies release a stimulant hormone into the blood that gives us the strength to fight in dangerous situations. This steroid-based hormone that is released from the adrenal cortex is called cortisol. Cortisol is released, increasing the blood concentration and causing our muscles to tense up, our pulse and breathing to rise, and our senses to become more sensitive. Moderate stress increases energy levels, but once this passes, the anxious and nervous state of the body continues, causing chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, and insomnia. The immune system can also easily become compromised and exposed to viral diseases such as a cold or dermatitis.

The skin’s condition in particular can tell you a lot about your stress level. If your skin is inexplicably dry, or breaking out in hives or pimples, your body is sending a signal that you need to find a way to relieve stress. When you’re stressed, there’s an impulse to want to drink coffee or soda. However, these drinks block water supply to your skin, making the skin drier. Instead, drink water or eat fruit to ensure your skin is adequately moisturized. Stress can also cause imbalances in the body, such as with sympathetic nerves or hormones, which in turn causes skin issues. Also, skin that easily dries and has impaired immune function is likely to suffer from loss of moisture, loss of nutrients, and increased wrinkles.

Of course, the easiest way to reduce stress is to get rid of the source, however in reality that’s not always possible. The most certain method we can take is consistent exercise. High intensity workouts can lead to aging and increased fatigue through by generating active oxygen, so it’s best to exercise at a medium-rate where you’re still able to breathe for at least 30 minutes. It’s recommended to go on a light jog every morning or evening. Outdoor morning exercise is especially good because you’re exposed to sunlight. Sunlight helps synthesize vitamin D and promotes the production of serotonin and dopamine in the body. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, helps reduce anxiety and depression, and is released when you eat foods with tryptophan, like milk, pork, and duck. Psychological exercise is also important. Negative thoughts grab you by the tail and don’t let go. But try cutting off those negative thoughts. Imagine putting your negative thoughts and feelings in a box. If you practice enough, that alone can reduce stress. On the contrary, try basking in every positive feeling you have. You never know—if you think happy and enjoyable thoughts, you may become those thoughts!

We should examine and take care of ourselves for a healthier self. Arencia is rooting for you to live a life with a healthy body, mind, and skin. Check out Arencia’s line of skincare →