The Effects of Stress on Your Skin - Merindah Botanicals

The Effects of Stress on Your Skin

The Essential Connection Between Stress and Your Skin's Health

Have you ever noticed your skin loses its lustre during stressful periods or an unexpected breakout throws your complexion into chaos?

It's not just a coincidence; there's a profound link between stress and the condition of our skin.

What happens in our body when we are stressed?

It all starts with our hypothalamus, an area of our brain that is responsible for hormone production and regulation of homeostasis and function within our body.

Our hypothalamus helps to regulate our body temperature, our wake and sleep cycle (known as our circadian rhythm) and our emotions.

Our hypothalamus is connected to our pituitary gland that then sends signals to our adrenal glands releasing hormones, in this instance, stress hormones, Adrenaline and Cortisol.

In times of stress our skin can produce stress hormones such as cortisol that will then lead to inflammation within our skin.

It is during times of elevated and continuous stress where we can see and experience major disruptions to our skin.

How Can Stress Affect the Skin?

When we're stressed, our bodies go into 'fight or flight' mode, releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare us to respond to danger, but when they're constantly in the bloodstream due to chronic stress, they can disrupt our skin's balance.

Cortisol, for example, can increase skin oiliness and reduce its ability to hold on to moisture, leading to a host of skin issues.

What Does Stressed Skin Look Like?

Stressed skin can be easily recognized by breakouts, dullness, or an uneven skin tone. It might feel dehydrated yet oily, appear redder, or show signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles – all telltale signs that stress is taking its toll.

What Are the Physical Symptoms of Stress?

Beyond emotional and psychological effects, physical symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, and quickened breathing can manifest.

On the skin, this translates to increased sensitivity, itchiness, and flare-ups of conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

Why Does My Skin Flare Up When I'm Stressed?

During stress, our skin can overproduce hormones such as cortisol, which leads to inflammation. This inflammation can exacerbate conditions like acne, rosacea, and even speed up the skin's aging process due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

How To Reduce the Impact of Stress on Your Skin?

Embrace calming rituals and nourishing skincare practices. Transitioning into 'rest and digest' mode helps curb cortisol levels and initiates repair and rejuvenation.

Integrate stress-reducing habits into your daily life, such as mindfulness, yoga, or simply soaking up the morning sun, to usher in a sense of tranquillity.

In your skincare routine, fortify your skin's barrier with ingredients rich in antioxidants and hydrating properties. Our Luxurious Face Cream, infused with the potency of Kakadu Plum Seed Oil and Sandalwood Seed Oil, is more than just a moisturiser.

It's a skin saviour, rich in antioxidants, that not only delivers intense hydration but also combats the stress-induced ravages on your skin.

With each application, you’re not just applying a cream; you're infusing your skin with a blend designed to restore, protect, and revitalise.

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