A little bit of stress at work isn’t always bad. It can help you keep focussed, energetic, and nab that promotion you’ve had your sights set on. But in today’s 24/7 world, the workplace can too often seem like an emotional rollercoaster. Now, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re working long hours, travelling regularly and neglecting your health, your skin may be bearing the brunt of it. So, why is this? And how do we prevent it?
Cortisol: A Complexion’s Curse
Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress. In small amounts, it’s release is completely normal and healthy. However, cortisol can turn into your skins worst enemy if it remains in excess over a long period of time. People who are prone to high stress over long durations may suffer from immunosuppressive side effects, meaning bacteria which would be fought off in normal circumstances can grow on the skin and lead to acne.
DNA damage: Age Accelleration
Stress can cause DNA damage, leaving cells less able to repair themselves, and ultimately leading to signs of accelerated ageing. As well as this, a lack of sleep and water, alongside increased coffee consumption may result in your skin feeling dehydrated, puffy and tired.
Keeping Stress under Control
Examine your diet
Its well documented that our bodies needs plenty of water and vitamin-rich foods to keep our skin looking clear and fresh. Yet, when we’re having a tough week at work, our intended diet often takes a back seat and makes way for quicker, more convenient alternatives. If you’re eating a lot of white foods with flour, yeast and also lots of sugar, try and cut down. It’s best to have a diet high in antioxidants, with foods like sweet potatoes and avocados. Instead of reaching for sugary pick-me-ups, opt for slow energy-release snacks containing enriching antioxidants and natural oils, such as raw nuts or seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Incorporate de-stressing techniques
Let’s face it, very few of us can afford the time nor the cost of a daily massage, but there are some home remedies that you can incorporate into your daily routine to unwind after a stressful day. Try dedicating some daily ‘me time’ for yoga, breathing exercises or meditation, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. Not sure where to start? There are loads of mobile apps and YouTube videos that will give you the guidance you need.
Get a good night’s sleep
When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. But in a world where we’re expected to be mothers, gym-goers, career-climbers and general superwomen, squeezing in the right amount of Zzz’s can be a challenge.Your body repairs itself and rejuvenates while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your skin. If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours sleep a night, it’s likely affecting your appearance. Start giving yourself 1 to 3 more hours and you could see some improvement in as little as a day. Keep it up, and your skin will reap the benefits.
Start a daily skincare regime
When it comes to skincare, whether we’re looking to achieve clear skin or reduce lines and wrinkles, adopting a regular routine each morning and evening can also ease anxiety, making us feel more calm and happy. Setting aside some time for ourselves on an evening to practice de-stressing techniques, have a relaxing bath then give ourself a facial massage can add some much needed zen to a day of chaos. The key to successful skincare is finding a range of dermatologist-approved products that suit your skin type and maintaining a consistent regime each day.