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By Gabriela, 26 january 2023

Prevent skin stress

Skin under stress
When you have stress, it can manifest in many ways. You may have trouble sleeping or frequent headaches. You can also get itchy and bumpy skin or worse yet: everything at once. Experiencing skin stress? We have some tips for you, so that you can at least cope with this form of stress. But what is skin stress exactly and how do you recognize it? In short, your skin experiences stress when the desired moisture and oil balance is out of control. Your skin barrier is attacked by stress factors from the inside and outside and reacts to it with, for example, pimples, redness, itching and rashes.

Signs that your skin is not so relaxed
How do you know if your skin is stressed? You know when you feel stressed, but it's not always clear that your skin is also affected. For example, are you constantly scratching your head when you never did before? It's smart to ask yourself if anything has changed recently. Is your skin suddenly drier and duller than usual? Do you often have pimples? Are you suddenly seeing a red rash and bumps in places where you normally don't see a skin reaction? Does your scalp itch and does your hair get greasy faster? If one of these skin problems has become more common lately, you can assume that your skin is no longer so relaxed. Your skin is out of balance and therefore responds to the stress you experience in your daily life.

This is what happens to your skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is affected by what happens in your body, including the changes that occur when you are stressed. Research also shows a clear relationship between psychological stress and the onset or worsening of skin problems such as acne, dryness and eczema. When you are under stress, your brain stimulates the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. This causes the 'fight or flight' response that you may have heard of. These hormones can have a negative impact on the skin, causing increased sweating and inflammation, such as pimples and rashes. High cortisol levels, especially when they last for weeks or months, are also associated with decreased skin barrier function and premature aging. The substances produced in the body when you are stressed can make your skin more sensitive and reactive over time, leading to more redness, rash, itching and even fine lines and wrinkles.

Stress relief #1: Sooth your facial skin
Due to stress, you may be tempted to skip your normal skincare routine. Not a good idea because it can actually worsen your skin problems. Therefore, you should see your skincare time as me-time. Use your skincare routine in the morning and evening to relax and take care of yourself. You will see that your skin will improve. For example, Faace's new moisturizer, the Stress Faace Daily Moisturizing Cream, soothes your skin by counteracting the formation of cortisol by your skin cells. It also prevents the formation of bumps, redness and pimples while also reducing dryness of your skin. You can also give your skin some extra love and attention with a mask, such as the Tired Faace Mask from Faace. Noticing that you are getting more pimples? Unfortunately, a stressed skin almost always means an increase in acne. Those frustrating breakouts might be the biggest challenge you face when you are stressed. Quickly tackle them with a formula that contains salicylic acid, such as the ClearCycle Purifying Blemish Serum from Suki.

Stress relief #2: Pamper your body
Taking some more time for yourself helps to reduce stress. Do you have a bathtub at home? Make sure to use it now. How nice is it to step into a warm bath and let your mind drift to happy thoughts? This is what you need: bath salt, such as the Eucalyptus Rosemary Bath Salt Blend from Made by Coopers. You can also place a soothing candle that calms your brain, such as the Calm Natural Scented Candle from Made by Coopers. After drying off, close your self-care session with an oil that intensively cares and relaxes your skin so that you fall asleep quickly. The Relaxing Face & Body Oil from Made by Coopers is a good example of this. The Prestigious Oil from SKINHAPTICS also calms a dry, stressed skin.

Stress relief #3: Nourish your scalp
Products containing sulphates, preservatives and synthetic substances contribute to the stress that your (scalp) skin experiences. It's always good to use natural and organic products, but you need them even more when your scalp is stressed. Is your scalp irritated and itchy all the time? Innersense Organic Beauty offers relief with the True Enlightenment Scalp Scrub that reduces redness, itching and irritations on the scalp. To care for your scalp, apply Innersense Organic Beauty's Harmonic Treatment Oil to your towel-dried hair. This balances your scalp and prevents the irritation and itching from returning.

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