Stress and Skin
Stress and Skin
How to Minimize the Impact of Stress on Your Skin
-Keep a journal, so you can see exactly what things are causing you to become stressed. Then you can devise a plan to deal with those issues.
-Watch your diet. It’s easy to turn to junk food, and other comfort foods, during stressful times, but eating those things will just make the effects of stress even worse. A clean diet really helps the body function at optimal efficiency. However, if you want that occasional piece of dark chocolate, that’s okay. The 90/10 rule is a good one to follow. Eat 90% healthy and 10% desserts.
-Make some time for yourself every day. Take a relaxing warm bath, listen to soothing music, practice deep breathing, or get regular massages. If money is an issue, massage schools offer services at very reasonable prices—do some research on schools in your area.
-Exercise. This will help lower your blood pressure and burn off some of that negative energy. However, be careful not to work out too hard, because that will just do the opposite. You don’t need an expensive gym membership either. Ten minute walks around the block, swimming a few laps in your community pool, or even just some simple stretching will do the trick.
-Try ingesting a 500 mg vitamin C capsule. Stress causes the adrenal glands to pump out cortisol. This particular stress hormone causes a chain of inflammation in the body that eventually works its way out to the skin. Vitamin C reduces physical and psychological effects of stress, as well as lowering cortisol levels.
-Take Omega 3 fish oil. I would recommend Nordic Naturals, because they have lemon and strawberry essence added to them, so there is no fishiness. Fish oil supplements are clinically proven to fight inflammation. As an added bonus, it will also make your hair soft and shiny.
-Apply a vitamin C serum to the skin every night before bed. It is important to apply it at night, because the sun breaks down Vitamin C. I would recommend John Masters Organics Vitamin C Face Serum or Avalon Vitality Facial Serum Vitamin C. Used topically, Vitamin C helps fight free radical damage caused by stress.
Remember, you are not alone in having stressful feelings. There are so many things happening in the world right now that we’re all feeling it. Sometimes you just have to stop and count your blessings—and maybe reach out and hug that person next to you. They probably need it as much as you do!