Life can be very stressful on our bodies but even more on our SKIN. According to Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan “Stress shows up in our skin as redness, dry patches, dullness, flare ups, tired eyes, fine lines and wrinkles”. Stress is not only mental, it has physical, internal effects on our bodies. When the body is under stress, the level of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) in our bodies increase significantly triggering a rise in inflammation, and your skin becomes more sensitive and prune to break outs. Stress can trigger psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. It can also cause hives and skin rashes.
Ways to ease up stress and help your skin heal:
First and foremost, sleep well and exercise.
Make sleep and exercise a priority in your life. According to Dr. Heather Rogers, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Doctor Rogers Restore “you need to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, truly sleep deprivation is worse than anything else you can do to your body”. You need to learn how to take care of your body and give it the rest it needs.
Don’t neglect your skincare routine but switch to a gentler, less harsh products.
Use products that will not aggravate your skin and cause your inflammation to flare up. We recommend you switch using chemical soaked makeup wipes and use Face Halo – Original pads that removes all your makeup with just water. Also, you can swap harsh, aggressive chemicals such as strong retinoids to a more gentle, calming serums and creams. We recommend OV Advanced Repair Serum, with its plant-based ingredients, it’s very gentle and calming on your skin paired with Utowa's soothing OV Day Cream Moisturizer and OV Night Cream Moisturizer.
Use Topical Oils that will reduce inflammation
Oils are a natural product that has anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s a great way to comfort your inflamed, stressed skin. Natural Oils have many potent ingredients, we recommend you sooth your skin by including them in your skincare routine. We recommend Farsali’s Volcanic Elixir, it’s made with pure unrefined 100% Polynesian Tamanu Oil, which will help condition and nourish the skin while promoting elasticity to reduce signs of aging.
Last but not least, if you do break out, please do not pop your zits. We recommend you use a Zitsticka, the zit defying patch which works on below-the-skin, cystic zits by dissolving the microdarts in two hours and brining down blemishes fast.