Our lives are subjected to stress in every minute and on a daily basis. Dealing with rush-hour traffic, uncertainty about the last exam and even what clothes to wear for an event can fuel stress. When we become stressed our hormones go crazy, emotions go awry and it is our skin that gets the brunt of the punishment. Stress and anxiety make our skin susceptible to irritation. The time to fight back is now and here are some tips you can use to help your skin.
Healthy and balanced diet will not only make our bodies toned and fit; it can lead to a stellar-looking skin. Proper diet is known to control the level of stress-hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol presence can elevate oil secretion that could lead to ugly break-outs. A diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will also give you elevated amounts of enzymes needed to create feel-good chemicals in the brain such as endorphins and serotonin which can lower cortisol levels in the body.
Get Enough Sleep
There is no Band-Aid formula on how much sleep time one should be getting. The ultimate indicator that you had a good sleep is to feel active once you get off from bed. Generally, it is recommended to have at least seven to eight hours of sleep. Good rest will lead to lower stress levels. It is when we sleep that our body starts to work on healing our body from the damaging effects of free radicals. One obvious result of this healing process is when the skin does not look dry. The more you sleep, the better moisturized your skin will be.
Drink lots of water
Water makes your skin well-hydrated. Drinking the right amount of water each day will make the skin look suppler and more radiant. Dehydration will make your cells shrink and thus make you appear older than you’re supposed to be. Drinking lots of water will hydrate your skin and moisturize it well to prevent it from being vulnerable to rashes and other skin diseases.
Exercise ever so often
There are three things that you have to do for a fairer and suppler skin. They are exercise, exercise, and exercise. Regular workouts give your body more oxygen and the sweat allows you to get rid of the toxins. Exercise can give you adrenaline which is known to lower cortisol levels in the body. Start brisk walking for 20 minutes straight and gradually level up until you are able to do half marathons. Experts recommend at least two and a half hours total of exercise time per week.
Relax and chill
Relaxation is a great way to take care of your skin. Watching television moderately is good to help you ease your worries. Go on a vacation if you can afford it or take a hobby that interests you. A relaxed mind and body is great for skin health because it becomes less vulnerable to the adverse effects of stress and anxiety. Relaxing is one of the best ways to de-stress. Less stress would also mean less susceptibility to skin rashes and other skin irritations.
Stick to your daily skin care routine
Dermatologists recommend that people must stick to a skin care routine to maintain a healthy skin. Your routine should include a cleanser, vitamin A, C and E supplements, moisturizer and sun block. Use exfoliating cleansers that help get rid of dead skin cells but should not strip the skin of important nutrients and oils. Vitamin supplements will give you more collagen and antioxidants to prevent premature aging. Great sun block protection should give enough coverage to shield your skin from the harsh sun rays and a moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated.
Stress is unavoidable and the only thing you can do is to reduce it. However, lifestyle modification which includes healthy habits can have great impacts not just to your skin but to your overall health and capability to cope with stress.