Ever noticed your skin breaking out during stressful times in your life? Researchers have found a significant connection between your mind and the state of your skin.
Studies suggest that stress hormones increase corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) which triggers our inflammatory response and increases sebum production, resulting in acne and breakouts. Further, chronic stress has been linked to dehydration, increasing the prevalence of fine lines and wrinkles.
The good news is there is lots you can do about it!
As little as 10 minutes of meditation per day can help relieve stress and boost your positive response to future stressors! There are loads of apps you can use to help with this. Our favourite is Insight Timer. Additionally, if you’re new to meditation or pressed for time, try taking 10 slow, deep breathes. Count to 4 as you inhale and 4 as you exhale.
Move your Body.
Exercise serves as an extremely helpful coping mechanism for stress and, it releases endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that increase dopamine production, leading to stress relief.
The foods you eat directly impact your mental health. Studies have shown natural, plant-based food like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains have a significant positive impact on your mood.
Stress is a common problem in our society and is nothing to feel guilt or shame about. Try incorporating these three techniques into your daily life and see if they work for you.
Additionally, as stress can impact the state of your skin it’s important to nourish yourself from the outside, too. Check out our range of natural skincare products here. They are designed to hydrate, soften and deeply moisturise your skin so you have less to worry about!