Stress; we all have it, and some of us deal with it better than others. It might seem minuscule to have stress, since today’s world is all about business and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but do you know what stress is doing to your body? Do you know what it’s doing to your skin?
According to stress.org (in 2014), 77% of people regularly experienced physical symptoms caused by stress; 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms; 33% felt they were living with extreme stress; and 48% felt their stressed had increased over the previous five years. Basically, we live in a stressful world filled with stressed out people. For some, it is money, the future, family, work, etc. For others, it might be that they tend to simply overthink things. Whatever it may be, I would love to meet a fellow adult that claims to never be stressed, because we should all know the hidden secret.
There are many ways to deal with stress, but as contract manufacturers, we want to point out what stress can do to your skin alone, not even mentioning the hundreds of other health issues it can also cause. So if you’ve chosen to just live with stress, you might want to reconsider some stress relievers after reading what the pesky feeling can do.
ACNE When you are tense, your body releases stress hormones. These hormones can cause your skin to increase in oiliness, which can then lead to mild or extreme breakouts. The stress can ultimately deprive your skin of oxygen and essential nutrients.
AGING Long-term stress can cause skin damage at the cellular level, causing you to look up to a decade older than you actually are; not to mention, the constant tension in your face can increase your chance of wrinkles and fine lines.
DULLNESS When your skin gets dehydrated it becomes dull and rough in texture, and redness can even follow — stress tends to weaken the immune system, and as this happens, the capillaries in your skin can expand.
DARK CIRCLES When you are stressed, you usually aren’t getting an adequate amount of sleep, leaving you to deal with dark circles under your eyes.
SUDDEN REACTIONS When your body is placed under extreme stress, or you are stressed over a long period of time, hormones will go to the primary nervous system, leaving your secondary skin immunity to suffer. This can lead to you reacting negatively to products you have used for years.
PROLONGED IRRITATION With your immune system suffering and skin dehydrating, skin issues can take even longer to heal or completely go away.
These are just several of the many issues that stress can cause for your skin. As Utah’s leading skin care manufacturer, we care about our clients and their consumers, and we feel that knowledge is power. Don’t make your relationship with skin care more complicated than it needs to be. Find outlets for your stress: running, meditation, time off of work, mental health days, cutting back on day-to-day commitments, ensuring healthy relationships with those in your life, etc. All of these things (and many more) can help you live a better and healthier life! Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so it’s crucial that you take care of it!