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Is your skin stressed? In this modern age of long commutes, extended working hours and social media, stress has never been higher. According to Prevention, here are a few cues that show you that your skin is undergoing a degree of stress.
Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol, which damages skin’s ability to hold on to water. The resulting moisture loss also diminishes luminosity, explains David Goldberg, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology and director of laser research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Correct it: Look for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products. Their lower pH prevents further dryness and inflammation. Wash your face with lukewarm water; hot temperatures strip skin’s oils. Slathering on your face cream while skin is slightly damp traps moisture.
2. Fine lines
Cortisol triggers an elevation in blood sugar, which—via a process called glycation—damages collagen and elastin, the protein fibres that plump skin and keep it smooth. Constant muscle tension also leads to permanent wrinkling.
Correct it: OTC creams made with retinol and antioxidants encourage collagen production in firm skin.
The increased blood flow that occurs when you’re under duress may cause capillaries to expand. Stress also triggers flushing known as rosacea, according to the National Rosacea Society. And because stress weakens your immune system, flare-ups may last longer.
Correct it: When used daily, topical creams made with anti-inflammatories such as allantoin and liquorice root extract can ease ruddiness. Rx treatment includes light and laser therapy that zap blood vessels: You’ll need several sessions that each cost $300 and up. If you suffer from rosacea, you may need topical prescriptions to reduce inflammation.
Stress increases the inflammation that leads to breakouts.
Correct it: Use a lotion containing skin sloughing salicylic acid or bacteria-busting benzoyl peroxide, plus a noncomedogenic moisturizer so skin won’t get too dry. If your skin doesn’t respond to treatment within a few weeks, see your doctor for more potent meds.
5. Tired eyes
Anxiety causes a chain reaction, leading to sleepless nights, which in turn cause puffiness.
To tackle stressed skin, try Babor Fluids FP Stop Stress Fluid 24x2ml is an effective concentrate de-stresses and calms the skin. Wild indigo extract promotes beta-endorphin synthesis which reduces stress-related redness and irritations. Your skin becomes less reactive in stressful situations, with a smoother and more relaxed complexion.
- De-stresses and calms the skin.
- Reduces stress induced redness and irritations.
Use after cleansing with Babor Cleansing products. Shake the ampoule and wrap a tissue around its neck. Hold the ampoule firmly and with a sharp movement, snap it open at the lower, coloured ring. Alternatively, use the enclosed ampoule opener. Pour the fluid into the palm of your hand and smooth evenly over the face, neck and décolleté. Pat gently into the skin before applying a moisturizing cream.