Is Stress Making You Ugly?

Posted by in Health & Lifestyle, Skin Care

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Sometimes deadlines, arguments and terrible bosses occur, and that’s bad enough in itself, except not only does that make you emotionally unbalanced, it can make your skin unbalanced too, and even gasp, make you age faster!!

How unfair, what’s the deal with that? Well, when you're stressed, your body is hardwired to release an excess of hormones, including cortisol, in an effort to prime you for a fight. Whilst that may have been handy back in our primitive days, it's not so great now. Unless you're Ronda Rousey of course. Hence, most of us are running around with way too much Cortisol circulating in our bloodstreams. Which can reduce immunity, play havoc on our digestion, increase heart disease and not to mention prematurely age our skin!! That surge of Cortisol triggers inflammation which breaks down collagen production (which keeps skin plump) and leave us not only stressed but with fine lines etched on our faces too. How unfair.

Luckily, there are ways in which you can reduce stress and the effects it has on your skin. Read on to find out the top tips for glowing skin, the stress free way!

Have a cuppa

Studies show that when volunteers at University College London were given a stressful task, the cortisol levels of regular black-tea drinkers fell by 47% and those who didn't drink tea experienced only a 27% within an hour of completion.

Go for a walk

Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, take a break and head outside for a quick walk around the block. Get some fresh air and try and see some greenery, it will instantly sooth your stress, and your skin.

Put the Radio on

Pop on that song you love and the chances are it will instantly lift your mood, calm your stress levels and leave your skin thank you for it.

Deep Breaths

Sneak off to the toilets and do a little meditation. It will instantly help to reduce your stress and calm your mind, reducing wrinkles in the process.

Eat your Greens (and oranges and pinks)

By eating foods high in sugar and fat it will leave your energy levels plummeting or racing, neither is going to end up well for your face, Fortunately, certain super foods can send cortisol levels to plummeting, such as dark-colored greens, like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus, and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as berries and oranges. This is one of the best tips for glowing skin, as the vitamin rich food helps battle nasty antioxidants.

Go for a massage

Massage is shown not only to reduce wrinkle causing stress but enhance immunity too. You can get the benefits of massage without breaking the bank with a DIY verson. Check out our range of body oils to get the most benefits and nourish your skin whilst you do it. L’Occitane Relaxing Massage Oil 100 ml £14.00 Is rich and hydrating and the blend of lavender and rosemary is purely sleep-inducing.

Get some Sleep

Lack of sleep can leave you feeling frazzled and stressed and you guessed it, cortisol levels racing. So when people say you look tired, they mean old, and no one wants that. Sleep comes faster when your body temperature naturally drops, so take a warm bath and sprinkle in a handful of This works Deep Sleep Bath Soak £22.00 and feel your stresses melt away. As your stresses melt away so will fine lines, dehydration and dark circles. Leaving your skin glowing.

Don’t let stress get the better of your skin, and treat it to an intense moisturiser, to keep it looking supple and line free.

Fancy doing some exercise and releasing some happy endorphins? Take the stress out of a lunchtime workout with these gym proof beauty tips.