Did you know that STRESS can play a huge role in the health of your skin. This is especially true in relation to the onset of acne.
Stress causes your body to release a chemical called cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol in the body triggers the production of more sebum (the skins natural oil). Increased oil production can clog pores leading to inflammation and breakouts.
So if you are wanting to control breakouts it is important that you get your stress levels under control.
what are some effective strategies for managing stress?
I'm glad you asked. There are many great strategies for managing stress and I have outlined some below. This list is by no means exhaustive.
1. Get regular exercise.
Fitting in some daily exercise, even if it is only a short walk, helps to lower cortisol levels and helps you sleep better. It also releases endorphins into your body which improve your mood.
2. Cut down on caffeine.
Caffeine is a stimulant so it makes sense to cut down your intake so that your body can relax.
3. Eat a well balanced diet.
Make sure your body has the nutrients it needs to function effectively. Skipping meals, and eating foods high in sugar can make you feel low and increase your stress.
4. Do some breathing exercises.
When you're feeling stressed simply stopping, closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths in and out can help you feel more relaxed.
5. Take a warm bath or shower to relax your muscles.
When you are under stress your muscles tend to tense up. A warm bath or shower can help to relieve tight muscles.
6. Have some down time.
Find some time to relax and calm your mind. You don't need to be busy all the time. Give yourself permission to stop, put your feet up and listen to some relaxing music or read a book, or get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature.
7. Find time for a hobby you love.
Spending time doing a hobby that you love can help lower your stress levels. Play an instrument, take a cooking class, go fishing, paint - whatever it is make time to do something that you love on a regular basis.
8. Book in for a facial.
I won't lie - this is one of my absolute favourite ways to de-stress. An hour away from the family to fully relax whilst listening to quiet music and having someone else take care of your skin. Bliss! And lets not mention the beautiful fragrances filling the air and warm towels caressing your skin.
There are 300 000 pores on the face. During childhood the pores are nearly invisible because the sebaceous glands aren't active.
Oilier skins will naturally have lager pores due to the output of sebum. But the main cause is the cutaneous sagging with age (loss of firmness and elasticity). The diameter of pores is multiplied by 2 between the age of 25 and 50. Visible pores first appear in the T-zone and then on the sides of the nose and cheeks.
Milk Repair and Reactive Skin Cream are our best products to target pore sagging related to ageing. For oily skins we recommend Plant Harmonising Serum and Reactive Skin Serum.
There are many consumers that go to great lengths to avoid chemicals due to toxicity concerns, however there is a toxin that is far more dangerous and has far reaching effects.
This toxin is called STRESS.
I find one of the simplest pleasures for reducing stress is to give yourself a facial. Nothing relaxes you like a pampering mask. It makes you feel better about yourself and raises your good feeling hormones.
Meditation is also magic.
Next time you feel stressed ask yourself is this worth getting upset about? I find too often people becoming upset over the most trivial thing. Their stress levels are triggered so easily.
So this weekend do your skin and genes a favour and relax!
Katie Tilson is a fully qualified Beauty Therapist passionate about skin health and dedicated to ongoing training and education to ensure you receive superior skin treatments.