Most of us live with stress, the issue for our health and our skin is how we handle it; stress and skincare are partners – we need to understand the relationship.
Not only does our skin suffer but adrenal exhaustion from too much stress can trigger allergies, food cravings, poor sleep, depression, weight gain, low blood sugar, compromised immune system, you’re tired all the time, you get coughs and colds that never go and more. A tired body = tired skin.
So what can you do about stress? It might seem a silly question because for most of us we’re all leading incredibly stressful lives and of course we can’t make changes if we don’t first identify what the stresses are and therefore what we need to change.
Apart from the obvious culprits of emotional and mental stress, it’s good to think about the basics ie lifestyle and dietary choices. If you think your health and your skin is compromised by your diet, then it’s never too late to make changes!
One of the first places we see the signs of ageing is in our skin. Stress and skincare are intimately linked. The accumulated effects of doing all those things we love to do – getting a sun tan, eating chocolate and ice cream, drinking delicious wine, enjoying a long cool, fizzy drink in the summer can all add up to creating inflammation and free radical damage which is now known to contribute to the ageing process. But there are lots of things we can do to help slow down this ageing process and which will, at the same time, help to make us generally healthier. This has to be good news!
While there’s no magic pill that can make you look 20 years younger, you can help your skin in a number of ways – staying out of the sun, not smoking and eating a healthy diet.