Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. It affects our physical and mental health in many ways, one of the most visible effects being on our skin. “When we are under stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol, which triggers inflammation and accelerates the ageing process of our skin. This results in a range of skin issues, such as acne, wrinkles, dullness, and conditions like psoriasis and eczema,” explains Clere skincare brand manager Su-Marie Annandale.
While stress significantly impacts our skin, both directly and indirectly, there are ways we can combat stress and improve our skin in the process.
Annandale explains these below:
Practice relaxation techniques: Stress management is key to combatting its effects on our skin. Activities like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help reduce stress levels.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can make stress worse and cause our skin to appear tired and dull. Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Exercise: A natural stress reliever, exercise promotes blood flow which can improve the appearance of our skin.
Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin.
Skincare routine: A good skincare routine can help combat the effects of stress on our skin. Use a gentle cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen daily to protect and nourish your skin. Clere’s Repairing range of body crèmes and lotions combines key ingredients Tissue Oil, Glycerine and Vitamins E & A and helps reduce the appearance of stretchmarks *. Plus, the crèmes and lotions provide 48 hours of moisture.
Seek professional help: If you have a skin condition that is worsened by stress, seek professional help. You’ll be recommended treatments to help manage your condition.
“Stress can have a significant impact on our skin so it’s important to manage it the best way we can. By taking care of our mental and physical health, we can maintain healthy and glowing skin,” Annandale concludes.
*8 out of 10 women saw an improvement in their stretchmarks and it helped even their skin tone after 12 weeks of continued use