Skin Fact: Your skin is largely affected by stress.
Stress releases a hormone called Cortisol, causing skin to become very oily, dry, and wrinkled. Exactly what we want to avoid!
In today's digital world, it seems that we've forgotten how to disconnect from work and social stressors. Performance pressures are everywhere. The flip side of all these so-called tools for efficiency is that we constantly push ourselves to the limits, where we have trained our bodies to ignore the need for personal time. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association notes that "chronic stress is becoming a public health crisis."
Chronic stress can negatively impact you in a lot of ways. For one, it is one of the major reasons of many skin problems.
So what happens to the skin when it's subjected to constant stress?
1. Wrinkling. When the body is stressed and releases Cortisol, blood sugar levels plummet. This triggers a process called Glycation, an after-effect of stress that hardens and damages collagen. Less collagen translates to more fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Dry skin. This, yet again, has to do with Cortisol release. In this case, Cortisol affects the skin's production of hyaluronic acid, the skin's natural moisturizer. Stress also wrecks havoc on the skin's protective qualities that help it keep hydration levels up. Once these elements are compromised, the skin becomes damaged and dry as an effect of stress.
3. Effects on the overall complexion. Stress also triggers the body to produce adrenaline, which can be helpful if you're in the outdoors running from a predator, but can hurt the skin when your body produces too much of it, too often. An adrenaline rush decreases the blood flow to the skin, depriving it of essential nutrients like oxygen. This causes a toxin build up, causing the skin to break out.
If you are looking to de-stress, Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Yoga - some reflective downtime will do you a world of good and keep stress at bay.
2. Adequate sleep - to allow your skin to repair what has been damaged during the day.
3. Exercise - to encourage the body to boost circulation. More blood flow to the skin equates to a radiant complexion.
4. Relaxing massage - a good massage improves vascular function and reduces stress.
5. Smile and laugh out loud! Literally. Laughing releases endorphines, the happy chemicals. Taking your sense of humor to work and looking for things to laugh about will keep the doctor (and the dermatologist) away!
Do you have more ideas to reduce stress? I'd love to hear your tips!
Almost everyone follows a skin care routine of sorts. We all have great intentions when it comes to taking care of our skin, but sadly, we sometimes sabotage our skin without us realizing it.
When it comes to preventing aging, your everyday habits make a HUGE difference. Of course we want to discover all the sneaky ways we could be causing damage to our skin!
Turns out, there are a number of ways we could be hurting our chances in getting a radiant complexion. We at YEOUTH are here to help. Let's break all these bad habits, shall we?
1. Getting too touchy.
Call them pimples, zits, blemishes, or acne. Bottom line is, we get them at some point in our lives. Where a lot of people go wrong is how they treat these pesky blemishes once they surface. Picking at it will result to a zit lasting longer, plus a post-breakout scar that can be hard to fade. Remember, even the act of touching a part of your face with unclean hands can trigger acne. So try to keep your hands off your face.
2. Using exfoliators, too many and too often.
In the quest for younger and smoother skin, many are resorting to aggressive exfoliating procedures that are doing more harm than good. Over-exfoliating can damage your skin's barrier, resulting to dehydration, flaking, inflammation, destruction of healthy skin cells, and triggering hyper-pigmentation. Ouch.
3. Using alcohol-based toners.
Toners should be used daily; it's an essential step in the skin care regimen. However, using an alcohol-based toner will only cause a heightened dull skin cell buildup and dehydrate your skin. Use an alcohol-free toner like Yeouth's Balancing Facial Toner. It will give your skin a drink of moisture and prepares and revitalizes the skin after cleansing. YEOUTH's Toner has 3 key ingredients, namely, hypoallergenic chamomile flower extract, allantoin, and alcloxa, all working to heal, soothe, and prevent bacteria from entering your pores.
4. Forgetting about your neck.
A lot of women apply moisturizer on their neck regularly, which is a good thing. But one big mistake is treating it as an afterthought. Women normally rub moisturizer on her face and extend the leftovers down on her neck. Yup, the intentions might be good, but it really is not doing a lot of help in your quest for a smoother, softer neck. The little amount that you apply as an afterthought is not really enough to do its intended job. Today, try to apply a generous amount of moisturizer on your neck.
5. Incorrect use of skin care products.
I picked up this tip by chance but it made such a huge difference on my skin. Did you know that damp skin is a lot more (ten times, in fact) permeable than dry skin,
and can carry the active ingredients of your moisturizer and serum deeper into your skin when left damp? Imagine your skin as a sponge - a dry sponge doesn't absorb as much liquid. A wet one absorbs and retains liquids better. This is why the skin experts at Yeouth strongly advise that you apply their serums right after misting the face with their Balancing Facial Toner. Your skin will soak up all the goodness of your skin care products, and trust me, your skin will feel so much more lovely and moist thereafter!
Care to share any of your skin saving tips? Post in the comments below!