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It’s not unusual to be stressed – but it’s how we cope with it that is important. If you can let it slip away as you leave the office, or experience release when you meditate, then great. If you bring it home and let it affect your sleep, relationships and career – then not so great. And that’s not even touching on what it’s doing to your skin.
You might not know but even mild stress can affect your skin, in the following ways, courtesy of prevention.com.
Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol, which damages skin’s ability to hold on to water. The resulting moisture loss also diminishes luminosity.
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.
Cortisol triggers an elevation in blood sugar, which—via a process called glycation—damages collagen and elastin, the protein fibers 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 to 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 licorice root extract can ease ruddiness.
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.
For a one stop treatment, we would recommend Matis Reponse Delicate SOS Nutrition face cream. This delivers desensitising ingredients that go right to work and restore balance and harmony in skin. Matis SOS Nutrition face cream is a perfect daily moisturiser for sensitive skin, or as emergency relief for occasional stress and irritation. This cream:
- Reduces redness and irritation.
- Instantly calms and soothes.
- Replenishes and balances moisture.
- Wild Mango Butter, Illipe Butter, Shea Butter Nourishes and conditions.
- Watercress Binds moisture to skin.
- Kudzu Vine Extract Nullifies aggravation that can cause redness.