How To Avoid Stressed Out Skin This Holiday Season (Because Yes It’s a Thing)

According to one Harvard study, over 62% of people say they have an increase in stress during the holidays. You didn’t have to go to Harvard to realize the holidays can get hectic. When you’re busy juggling gift shopping, decorations, baking cookies, or hosting any events, the holidays can quickly become a stressful time of year.

Stress can affect everything from high blood pressure, loss of sleep, and even memory loss. It would only make sense then, that it also can affect your skin. As the bodies largest, and sometimes most complex organ it will often visibly show what’s going on in your body. Think of baggy eyes after a sleepless night or breakouts on your chin during certain times in your cycle. High levels of stress can actually cause irritation and rashes to flare up.

Cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone, negatively impacts your immune system. It also tells your skin glands to produce more oil, which as you can guess, will lead to more breakouts. Your skin, in turn, will take a turn for the worst.

The last thing we want is for you to be dealing with stressed-out skin during what should be a joyful time to celebrate. If this is something you struggle with each year, just know it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are our tips for stress-less skin

Determine The Problem
Not all skin problems are alike. Whether you’re dealing with hormonal breakouts or a stress rash, you need to determine the issue before treating your skin. Ask yourself, is this a breakout or a rash? Or could it be dark circles and grey skin? Once you determine the problem, you’ll feel less stressed about your skin because you’ll know how to treat it.

Create a Self Care Skin Care Routine
One of the great things about skin care is that despite how stressed out you might be on the inside, you won’t look it on the outside. A set skin care routine will play a pivotal role in this. Find some key products that you can depend on both morning and night. Routines, also have the proven effect of decreasing our overall stress levels.

Avoid Stress Eating
If you’re anything like us, you might have had the occasional cookie (or ten) when you get stressed. The problem is that sometimes the yummiest treats can lead to inflammation and overproduction of oil glands. Sugar can lead to a spike in cortisol, which as mentioned above, can create more stress. While we know it’s easier said than done, look for healthier alternatives to combat stress. Take a walk or a yoga class, drink plenty of water or snack on veggies.

Get Plenty Of Sleep
Sleep benefits you in so many ways, yet they say that the average American gets 40% less of the recommended amount of sleep. Your body works on clearing toxins from the body while you sleep. As an added bonus your body also works on regenerating new blood and brain cells. As we’ve mentioned before, loss of sleep can result in dark circles, lackluster skin, exacerbate inflammation, and even more breakouts. As busy as you may be, nobody has time for bad skin.

Trackbacks and pingbacks

No trackback or pingback available for this article.

Leave a reply