Have you ever felt like the more you stress over your wrinkles and/or pimples, the worse they get? Especially when you’re dealing with both at the same time!
It is possible that your skin concerns are not coming from what you eat, the products you use, or the environment you live in. Your skin problems could be a direct reflection of your emotions. At first, this might seem like a big stretch, but if you think about it more, the logic falls into place.
Remember when you were a teen, and it seemed like you always got a pimple at the worst time? It was usually because you spent a lot of time worrying about an upcoming event.
Think about the worriers you know who are constantly furrowing their brow, and how the wrinkles have settled in and taken up residence. There’s a lot of truth to the idea that emotions affect your skin.
How emotions impact skin
Let’s look deeper into the bond your skin has to your emotions. The more we understand something, the more empowered we are to find a remedy.
Fight or flight
When your body has a serious response to a stimulus there are a number of reactions that happen. Your adrenal gland secretes powerful hormones including cortisol, adrenaline, and even a little bit of testosterone.
When those hormones and chemicals are released en masse, your skin can react. Expect to see pimples, cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, and an immediate flush.
If you’re sad and crying, you are no stranger to puffy eyes, dark circles, and mottled skin. This is a common reaction that, for some, can last much longer than your crying.
What about anger and anxiety? Both of these emotions can cause facial expressions that become habits. The more you practice these habits, the deeper those fine lines become until their full-fledged wrinkles.
Stress and sleeplessness
While stress can fall under the fight or flight and negative emotions, it really deserves its own category. Stress causes a physical-chemical response that can make your skin more sensitive and reactive.
Stress directly affects your skin in many different ways, and the tricky part is that the effect it has can be completely different for everyone experiencing it.
Where this issue gets particularly challenging is that stress can cause skin problems, which causes more stress. It’s a cyclical problem that can’t be improved unless you find a way to break the cycle.
Ways to fight emotional skin problems
It’s unrealistic to not have emotions, and in many situations, it’s unrealistic to try to control your reactions to stress, but there are some things you can do to try to regain control of your complexion.
Put skincare at the top of your list. Don’t neglect your skincare regimen, even if you’re tired and stressed out, or if you’re having too much fun, etc. Treating your skin properly every day helps it stay healthy. Starting your day off with Simple Beauty's Daily Purifying Cleanser is a perfect way to start refreshed. Packed with natural botanicals, the Purifying Cleanser gently prepares your skin to handle everyday elements.
Use the best ingredients. Skip the hype with the latest skincare miracle, and stick to a routine with products that use naturally-derived ingredients for the healthiest results. Simple Beauty's products are inspired by nature and backed with science. Our formulas are always cruelty-free and will never contain hormones, parabens, additives, toxins, or harsh sulfates. Skincare should be safe and defective and never be complicated.
Eat healthy meals and nourish your body. Skip the French fries most of the time, avoid desserts, and focus on good food choices. This fuels your body correctly and keeps it working at its most efficient state. But don’t deprive yourself. It’s okay to want a treat once in a while, and you certainly deserve it.
Exercise regularly. You don’t have to run a marathon or lift weights at the gym every day, but you should exercise to keep your blood flowing, your muscles moving, and your energy up. The Mayo Clinic has guidelines on exercise and basically suggests at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days.
Embrace mindfulness and meditation. A healthy approach to mindfulness and meditation can help you gain perspective on your life. While this won’t stop you from having emotional reactions, it certainly can prevent you from blowing things out of proportion or getting stressed about something that doesn’t really matter.
Make sleep a priority. Not getting enough sleep shows up on your face in a lot of different ways. Beyond that, getting a quality sleep every night puts you in a better place to deal with emotional events and perhaps not even let things rise to the level of an emotional event.
Hydration and emotionally connected skin
Keeping your skin hydrated is an important step in protecting it from the potential harms of the sun’s UV rays and the elements of air pollution. Well-hydrated skin creates a natural barrier of tightly-packed cells that naturally seal in moisture and keep out free-radicals that cause damage.
Simple Beauty’s toxin-free Retinol Moisturizer is proven to reinforce the skin-barrier while also encouraging cell rejuvenation. After a few weeks, you’ll worry less about dryness, and you’ll start seeing the results of the work you put into emotionally connecting with your skin.
To put it simply
Your emotions have a big impact on your skin and your appearance. For some, this becomes a horrible cycle because they then stress out over their skin, and things begin to spiral.
Managing our emotions is a process in our journey through self-care, one in which yoga, breathing, and mindfulness can help provide the inner work necessary for success. Approaching life with a health-first attitude gives you a huge head start and sets you on the path for overall wellness.
Making sleep and mindfulness a regular part of your daily existence also puts things in perspective and keeps you functioning at your highest abilities.