Whether you’re working from home or getting back in the real world, it’s completely normal if you’re not quite like your normal self, and it’s also quite normal if your skin has been impacted by it.
Be that as it may, we know it’s not fun, and it can remind you of your acne-prone teenage years, while some women who’ve never experienced negativity and problematic skin may be having issues for the very first time.
In this article, we’re going to take a quick second to talk about how negativity, stress and sadness can impact our skin, and what we can do to break that cycle.
How Sad Feelings Lead To Sad Skin
Cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone,” is a hormone the body needs to regulate metabolism, immunity, and blood sugar levels, and it’s key in triggering the fight-or-flight response in times of stress.
But when our bodies undergo frequent periods of stress, cortisol can cause inflammation, which is the primary trigger in eczema, psoriasis, and acne. And in the long run, inflammation in the skin can drastically contribute to the breakdown of collagen, which is one of the main “building blocks” in our skin and keeps it elastic and smooth. And this is one of the reasons why stress is so widely associated with rapid aging.
Sadness can accelerate aging, leading to frown lines and skin issues. Long-term depression affects skin health, causing puffiness and dullness.
How To Rehab Sad & Stressed-Out Skin
If any of this resonates with you, you’re not alone. Over 10 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of stress-induced skin troubles.
And even better news: it’s not beyond your control.
Self-care is often mentioned, but it's about acts solely for yourself.
Self-care isn't selfish. It rejuvenates you, enabling better support for your loved ones.
And self-care includes a solid skincare routine; one that gives the hydration you need, while supplying antioxidants to help fight the pollution exposed to your skin.
Dedicate time each evening for skin care, fostering therapeutic self-care and evening calm.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Even the most effective skincare products aren’t going to reach their full potential when you’re under constant stress. That’s why it’s important to find the source of your stress so that you can learn how to manage it.
This is something that may take some time, and it may be worth looking into with the help of a professional, but it really is something that can improve the quality of your skin and your overall outlook.
As you explore how to take care of your stress levels, make sure to find the things in your day that promote feelings of positivity and warmth, and not feelings of negativity, anxiety or sadness.
As a final note, remember that it’s okay to not always be okay. No need to love your skin 24/7. Don't hide stress or overwhelm. Embrace imperfections and self-care.
In a world dominated by negativity and stress, relaxation can seem like a competitive effort. Recognize when you're not at your best to heal and emerge stronger.