What Are the Effects of Stress on Your Skin?

Many of us lead very stressful lives – myself included! At the moment I I seem to have 1000 things a minute going on, and whilst I like being busy I don’t like to see the effects of stress on my skin. Luckily, I have an awesome skincare routine in place courtesy of Simple, but the inner workings of your body sometimes doesn’t care and gives you a set of skin-related issues to deal with.

It’s so strange how stress can take its toll in a short space of time – I filmed the video below just a few days ago (note that my skin looks nice and clear!)

I’ve had a very stressful past few days (for many reasons) – take a look at my skin in the video I have literally just recorded and posted:

Oh dear! See the difference? I know it’s not particularly shocking, but I can see that I look run-down, dull and blemished in the second video.

I’ve done a little research, and have outlined a few of the main effects of stress on your skin:

  • Dry skin – when you’re stressed, your body releases a certain hormone which causes blood vessels to constrict. This decreases the blood supply to the skin, which can make it dry amongst other things. Not a good look!
  • Dull skin – when you’re stressed, your breathing patterns can cause less oxygen to be carried around in your bloodstream. This can lead to dull, tired looking skin.
  • Neglected skin – a slightly different point, but when we’re stressed we tend to let our skincare routines lapse. This can lead to clogged pores which can cause blemishes.
  • Blemishes – other than neglecting your skin, stress itself can sometimes cause blemishes. I know it has for me!

Luckily, there’s help at hand! You can reduce your stress levels through relaxation (I love going for a walk when I feel stressed), avoiding caffeine (as it can make you feel more anxious), organising your life and schedule so that you feel less pressured and finding time to have fun amongst your workload.

The Simple products I use also help me; I love the Radiance Moisturiser for when my skin feels dull, and the Spotless Skin Spot Zapper really helps my blemishes!

How do you cope with stress? Do you see signs of it in your skin?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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3 Comments

  1. C
    November 10, 2011 / 3:34 am

    The only skin care product I trust is coconut oil and egg whites (for pore cleansing). They work wonders! Coconut oil is sooooooooooooooooooooo amazing, I use it for everything. Hair moisturizing, skin moisturizing, lip moisturizing. It’s amazing. And egg whites clear up absolutely any zits/pimples within 1 or 2 days. Of course, I also have the advantage of being able to rock freckles 😀

  2. November 10, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, Chyaz! I’ve been really stressed lately, and I keep breaking out and I couldn’t figure why. Now I know. 😛

  3. November 16, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    YES YES YES!
    I have all of these when I am stressed out of my mind! :O
    Thanks for posting this 🙂

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