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How stress can impact negatively on your skin

February 27, 2013 by Works with Water

It’s a daily battle for the largest organ of our body and it serves not just to protect us from negative external influences such as dust, dirt and the weather to name the obvious. It also has a  direct connection to the brain, and is also a window to our health.

As well as external influences, our internal mood is an important factor for the state of our skin. If we suffer stress, we accelerate the damage from within. Not only is stress detrimental to the body’s vital organs, it is also the major contributor of skin damage, skin disease and the ageing process.

So how can we help our skin?

First, it’s important to understand the link between stress and the skin.

Stress accelerates the ageing process

Stress is one of the principal actor to an increased population of free radicals in the body, which, in turn, has been discovered to be a major cause of premature skin ageing. Emotional or mental shocks cause constant muscular contractions that  eventually make permanent fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

Also, extended periods of stress have a big influence on the skin’s ability to function properly. With essential nutrients being detoured during stressful periods, the skin suffers from dehydration, body fluid imbalance, and reduced renewal of skin cells causing it to look dull.

This nutrient deprivation puts the entire body in a state of imbalance. As skin breaks down under the effects of stress, the skin’s barrier function is disrupted. This barrier is the oily layer that seals in moisture and is a protective shield from the environment. The skin then can suffer from excessive dryness and, most frequently, wrinkles.

Stress onsets skin diseases

Stress can also suppress the skin immune system. Hormonal changes brought on by stress are responsible for skin sensitivity; redness; itching; allergies; blotchiness and lastly eczema. Facial muscles tighten, leading to permanent expression lines. Collagen can also be damaged as a result of this condition. The permeability of skin can also be affected by stress.

Stress can causes other factors which have a major impact on the skin

Stress also affects the digestive system, and  we all know that imperfect digestion adversely affects skin health. When food is not properly digested, the nutrients do not absorb as they should, thus allowing undigested impurities to accumulate in the body faster than the body can get rid of them. The complexion of the skin is therefore modified with a tendancy to have a ” pale” complexion, dark circles, and puffy eyes.

So, can you reverse the effects of stress on your skin?

Stress is an internal symptom that can cause external effects on the skin by generating skin disorders and/or skin disease, to reverse the effect of the stress on the skin, we need first to find solutions to get rid of the stress and treat the skin at the same time.

The simple solutions to prevent skin ageing /or skin disorder by eliminating stress

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid smoking.  It is very bad for the skin and increases stress effects.
  • Drink plenty of water—hydrated skin looks plumper so diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, plus it drains toxins.
  • Consume caffeinated beverages and alcohol in moderation.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet: A balanced diet and proper eating habits help keep the body and mind performing, enhancing resistance to stress and providing deep nourishment to the skin to combat the effects of day-to-day stress.
  • Natural ingredients such as dairy peptides – contained within help: clear skin – can help with spots and acne. High grade aloe vera and CoEnzymeQ10 – contained in help: revitalise my skin – can help nourish and smooth skin from the inside whilst soluble fibre such as Oligfructose can help with digestion, ensuring toxins are expelled.

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