Life can be very stressful with lots of responsibilities. This can impact our mental wellness. Studies show a strong connection between body and mind, which points to a strong “mind skin connection.” The skin problems can be of different types like dry skin, minor redness, sensitive skin, irritation, flaky skin, dull skin, eczema, aging signs, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, slow wound healing, pale complexion, and dark-eye circles. Whopping 14 ones!!
When we stress, our body releases cortisol which causes the mentioned flare-ups. Cortisol breaks down collagen present in the skin, which leads to wrinkles and lines, accelerating the aging process. It sucks. Well, stress can’t be avoided as it’s a part of adulting. The critical thing is to manage your stress and maybe reduce it.
Beauty and health tips to have a healthy lifestyle
TIP 1: Figure Out Your Stress Triggers
Find out your stress triggers. Figuring the source point is crucial, and based on that, brainstorming becomes easier. This means taking a look at things currently in your life. Write it down in a journal, one part for triggers and solutions to reduce/eliminate triggers. Maybe your stress trigger is that you feel short on me-time, so a great way can be to delegate errands or buy stuff online.
TIP 2: Schedule “Me-Time”
Assign “me time” where the designated time is solely focused on self-care. Relax, unwind or do anything which makes your mind right and your heart sing. Take a calendar and cross in it if needed. This can be several days or a single day in a week when you meet with yourself.
TIP 3: Listen To “Weightless”
Neuroscientists conducted a study in the UK to decide the best songs for stress/anxiety reduction. “Weightless” by Marconi Union lowered the subjects’ anxiety levels by 65% with a “35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates,” as stated by Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson from Mindlab International. Artists collaborated with sound therapists to lower cortisol levels.
TIP 4: Get Moving
A bike ride, yoga, or even a 20-minute brisk walk can reduce stress hormones like cortisol. Keep a target of 3-4 days/week. So get out and move.
TIP 5: Give Aromatherapy A Try
Aromatherapy is a simple way to experience relaxing benefits and mood-boosting of essential oil aromas. Use a diffuser with few drops of essential oils for about 30-60 minutes/day. Lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, roman chamomile, geranium, neroli, etc., are some of the best essential oils.
TIP 6: Find Your Support System
Have a support system to vent to or to get advice from can make a lot of difference. This is true for women as it releases oxytocin which reduces stress by lowering cortisol levels.
TIP 7: Consider A “Beauty Therapy”
Beauty routines and treatments that depend on touch release oxytocin in the brain, making the body relax and cortisol levels get reduced. A spa session for manicure, massage, or pedicure can be scheduled, or if you want to do it at home, a detox bath, hair mask, or bubble bath can do the job. These home sessions can be pretty therapeutic to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
TIP 8: Focus on eating food that Can Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Two types of foodstuffs are rich in nutrition and reduce stress and anxiety.
Bananas abundantly have Vitamin B6. It provides your body with a chemical that reduces stress. Bananas are also a natural source of Beta-Blocker. Sometimes when we are stressed out, the potassium level in our body drops. In such cases, Bananas are an excellent source. They also contain Magnesium which helps you to calm your nerves.
Avocados are rich in Vitamin B, which helps reduce stress. Along with fatty acids, it also contains potassium even more than Bananas which helps to lower your blood pressure.
TIP 9: Take quality Sleep
We usually spend sleepless nights worrying about everything going on in our lives. Stress affects the quality of our sleep. When we take a proper amount of sleep, our body produces Human Growth Hormones suitable for our skin. So, it is recommended to take a sound sleep for almost seven or more hours.
Tip 10: Always follow routine skincare and include ingredients recommended by Science
Stress & Dry Skin
Stress is a big enemy when it comes to the health of our skin. Our skin loses its moisture and becomes dry because of stress. This further increases the adrenaline level, and our skin loses its water content giving us dried-out skin. There are several skin-related products that one can apply to rule out the irritants and keep the skin’s moisture intact. Look for products containing the following ingredients.
Go for products that take away the moisture from the air and adds it to your skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin that contains humectants. You should also use ingredients to soothe your skin, such as Chamomile, Oatmeal, and Aloe Vera. Always try avoiding foamy soaps and use scented-free and gentle cream-based products.
Stress & Skin Aging
To reduce the signs of aging, use products that can boost the moisture content of your skin. These products can fill in your fine lines. You can consider products containing Vitamin C and anti-aging ingredients that can help turn over the skin cells. You should always wash your makeup at night before going to sleep and maintain your daily skincare schedule at night.
Stress & Pale or Dull Skin
To remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your face and eliminate dullness, Exfoliating is a good idea. This will also contribute to blood flow and circulation and make your face look good. Some ingredients can add up to brighten your skin.
- Kojic acid
- Licorice extract
- Vitamin C
- Mulberry extract
Stress & Acne
When stressed, the level of Cortisol and Adrenaline in your body increases. This lets your skin produces oil which further causes pimples and blocked pores. To eliminate this, you can use products with ingredients such as Sulfur, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid.