Stress can be one of the main contributors to skin problems, increasing irritation, breakouts and intensifying skin disorders. It causes a chemical response in your body, causing skin to become more reactive. Your body responds to stress by producing more cortisol and other hormones, alerting the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Stress can also disrupt the bacteria in your gut, causing flora to become imbalanced, resulting in breakouts.
Most of us don't sleep well when we are stressed which causes dark circles and puffy eyes.
So how should you take care of your skin when stressed?
When we break out, we always want to use products that dry the skin out but in cases of stress, this can do more harm than good. The best way to treat your skin during stress breakouts and irritation is to soothe it. Use calming products such as Rhonda Allison's Foaming Peptide Cleanser (formerly Milk Cleanser) and hydrating serums like our Drop of Essence and Omega 6. Arnica Therapy soothes inflamed skin and can be used under the eyes to address dark circles. Arboudoun Calendula Cream also combats irritation with it's herbal extracts of calendula, oregon grape and comfrey. The products are available for purchase at Skin and Tonic!
Suffering from lack of sleep?
If you find yourself with puffy eyes from lack of sleep, Cosmo magazine has a wonderful solution to reducing fluids:
"Hold the back of a cold spoon (pop it in the fridge so it gets chilly) up to your under-eye area and massage it from the inner to the outer corner of your eye to jump start the fluid's drainage."
Living in a high demand society is not easy and it's important to remember to take care of yourself. Breathe, find your joy, eat well, exercise and schedule a relaxing massage or a facial! Your body and skin will thank you and respond with glowing results!