We’ve all been there – when we’re under stress, our skin picks that exact moment to break out. From redness to itching, breakouts, and more, it all seems to come at the worst possible time.
Luckily, it’s not just your skin being mean to you. How we feel has a big impact on our skin’s health, with frustrations and emotional turbulence often followed by an uptick in skin complaints. It doesn’t matter what the underlying cause is - whether it’s a busy period at work, a new baby on the way, or a wedding in the works, the end result is often the same: stressed skin and another thing to worry about.
The symptoms of stressed skin – everything from lines to wrinkles, pigmentation, dullness, and flushing – are intimately tied up in our body’s stress response. When we feel stressed, our brain releases a burst of a chemical called cortisol. Among other things, cortisol can suppress the immune system, making the skin less effective at defending itself and delaying the healing response, slowing down the normal regenerative process that our skin relies on. Additionally, cortisol can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier, making it more susceptible to damage.
This causes a bit of a vicious cycle – when we feel stressed, our skin is worse, giving us one more thing to stress over.
What can I do?
Tackling stressed and hormonally unbalanced skin requires an integrated approach. First things first are to address the underlying cause of your stress – your skin will reward you for any way you can lower the levels of cortisol in your body.
In the meantime and afterward, take the time to pamper your skin. Especially as its regenerative and protective abilities are reduced, look for products designed for stressed skin that support cellular renewal and reinforce its protective functions. Our Rebalancing Vitamin A range works to strengthen the skin barrier, restoring a healthy glow for the skin. Explore our collection today and find something that will help your skin look and feel better than ever.Read Less