2020 brought a new reality upon the world — making it an uncertain and stressful year for most so far. While chronic stress unchecked can cause its own set of health and well-being issues (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes), it can play havoc on our skin too.
Studies have shown stress and anxiety can contribute to inflammation in the body, caused by rising levels of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone). Cortisol can accelerate the aging process as it breaks down elastin and collagen. Acne, eczema, and psoriasis are all very reactive to high cortisol levels. This will start showing up as redness, dry patches, dullness, flare-ups, tired eyes, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness — basically, all of skin’s problems are amplified.
While it’s not easy to avoid all inflammatory triggers from our lifestyle and environment, ensuring you are getting enough exercise, proper sleep, and nourishing the body from the inside out will help to keep inflammation at bay. For food, this means trying your best to avoid saturated fats, fried foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.
To restore your skin to a state of calmness, you’ll need to put down the harsh, aggressive, and potently active treatments, such as strong retinoids and chemical peels. Instead, opt for non-abrasive, nourishing skincare products that soothe, heal, and restore such as rich creams, sodium hyaluronate, and aloe vera extract. ÉLÉVATIONE™’s Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream ticks all the boxes. Skincare with anti-inflammatory properties is also your savior during stressful times. This includes skincare products infused with antioxidant-rich fruits and botanicals, healthy omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, and Vitamins A, C and E.
Ok, yes this sounds obvious, but how often do you take time out to simply relax? A spa day with massage, good healthy food, and beautiful surroundings can do wonders for lowering cortisol. And you will get some great face treatments at the same time!
Not everyone reads, but we should try to read at least a few pages of a book at night before going to bed. It has been proven to increase sleep quality and quiet the mind at the end of a long day.
Exercise is vitally important for one’s health. A beautiful walk, either alone or with a loved one can lower stress and get you out and about. If you cant walk around where you live, try to get out into nature at least once a week. Even if it is just a park or the local beach, take the time to walk in nature and be mindful of your surroundings.
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