Stress happens. But since you can't escape the pressure of constantly being "your best self" at work, at home, in your love life, and in your social life, the best thing to do is learn to manage the stress. This relentlessness of being constantly "on" is exhausting, and when you leave your stress off-balanced, it can show up on your skin in ways you won't like.
Here are a couple evil things stress does to your appearance:
1. Dry Skin
That second or third cup of red-eye, black-eye coffee may be preventing your skin from getting enough hydration. Make time to drink water, and wine is not water.
2. Fine Lines
Constantly making certain facial expressions, like furrowing your brows when you're stressed or pursing your lips, can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time.
3. Flushed Face
When you're stressed, you breathe in short, shallow breaths and can even find yourself holding your breath for periods of time, which can lead to flushing and redness.
4. Freak Outs: Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Rashes, Hives
Stress releases a lovely hormone called cortisol, which interferes with your other body hormones, causing breakouts. Stress can also mess with the bacteria balance in your gut, aggregating skin flare ups.
Tossing and turning at night? Is your to-do list keeping you from your beauty sleep? This can cause fluid to pool in areas where you skin is thin (e.g. eyelids, under the chin), and what welcomes you in the morning is a hot, puffy mess.
So what do you do? Here are tips to ease the effects of stress for glowing, gorgeous skin:
Be aware of what you can and can't control. When you're feeling stressed, take a quick moment to shift focus to what you can control. Even if you only have 10 minutes, take time for yourself. Your skin will thank you.
Replenish your body.
Get enough sleep, at least 7 hours each night, and shut off your digital devices an hour before you go to bed to relax your mind. Also, drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Proper rest and hydration can help energize your skin and reduce visible signs of fatigue.
Inhale in confidence. Exhale out doubt.
Stressed people often take frequent shallow breaths without realizing it. Remind yourself to breathe deeply and slowly to minimize the chances of skin flare ups. Try misting an aromatherapeutic skincare product like Soul Mist beforehand to rebalance your Qi, revitalize your senses, and hydrate your skin.