With the world, its wife & kids undergoing so much stress at the moment during the Coronavirus pandemic, I had to remind you of the stress effects on the skin and ways to tackle them. We touched on some of it with the Isolation Ideas article, that stress makes pretty much everything worse as the mind and body are connected, but there is a plus side to it as it helps us grow and learn. Before I tell you how to stop being a stress-head, lets understand the science behind it.
Fight or Flight Mode
You’ve probably heard of that phrase before – “Fight or flight”. That’s the natural response that stress causes in our bodies. It releases powerful hormones and neurochemicals causing the body to want to defend itself by fighting or fleeing. If we don’t act on it, it creates worse problems for our mental and physical health. As we can’t go round fighting everyone and everything that causes us stress, most of us tend to flee the situation or exercise to fight the stress. But there are ways you can fight (not literally – calm down Muhammad Ali).
“If you think you can or can’t – either way you’re right.”
Law of Attraction
The main causes of most peoples stress are work, family, relationships and money problems. The best way you can deal with all of these is by simply changing your mindset. Whether you realize it or not, what you think is what you attract. If you focus on having that fancy car, you will have that fancy car because you will put all your thoughts, beliefs, and emotional energy into getting it. If you focus on your broken, old car and how that fancy car is just a dream, then that’s what it will stay as – just a dream, because you don’t really believe you’ll have it. Never limit the greatness you can achieve!
“Yesterday’s history. Tomorrow’s a mystery. Today is a gift. Hence, the present.” – Buddha reminding you to enjoy the gift of today.
Stress Effects on the Skin
- Worsens pre-existing conditions – eczema, rosacea and rosacea will flare up if you’re stressed. CBD infused Luxury Utlimat+ Face Cream is great for dry skin conditions on the face, hands and feet as you can see from the before and after results images in the CBD post.
- Acne – our bodies produce more cortisol when we’re stressed causing the skin to produce more oil and making us prone to spots, pimples and breakouts. CBD Infusion Skincare Box Set works wonders for acne and blemishes as you can see from the results. Overproduction of cortisol also leads to premature aging causing lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
- Premature aging – repeatedly making facial expressions such as frowning and scrunching your face cause more off-putting lines and wrinkles than smiling does. Stress also encourages the glycation process which damages our collagenand again causes wrinkles. CBD Infusion Skincare Box Set also has amazing results within 30 minutes to help with that.
- Dark Circles – as you probably will sleep too much or too little when stressed. Vital Eyes Concentrated Eye Serum is the best product I’d recommend for dark circles.
- Increases allergy reaction – histamine is one of the hormones that’s released during stress.
- Dehydrated, dry, flaky skin – as you most likely won’t drink enough water to optimize all your body’s systems when you’re tense.
- Redness – as you take short, shallow breaths when you’re stressed rather than deep breaths causing flushed, red skin. Breathing correctly as I will explain shortly will help you with. As well as the anti-inflammatory CBD products.
- Gray, thinning hair – stress accelerates the hair growth cycle causes your hair to thin and causing the melanin to stop producing, leaving it gray. Use purple toned, protein rich shampoos such as Fanola No Yellow Shampoo. The purple counteracts the yellowish graying and dryness. For best results combine with a quality conditioner like the Cel Microstem Conditioner. Seek medical advice if too much hair is falling out to make sure its nothing serious. For a quick fix, try Cel Microstem Hair Thickening Shampoo and L’Oreal Magic Retouch Dark Brown Temporary Instant Root Concealer Spray for gray roots.
- Ridges on nails – horizontal ridges are a sign of sever vitamin deficiency, respiratory conditions and chronic stress. Vertical ridges are a result of lack of natural moisture which comes with age. Solar oil by CND I’d recommend for a nail and cuticle treatment.
Skin Care Beauty Tips to Reduce Stress
Be thankful and not wishful. Don’t wish for that fancy car, be thankful you can walk and talk to go out and work towards getting that fancy car. Don’t focus so much on what you don’t have, focus on the blessings you do have.
Nourish your soul with creative habits, and practice mindfulness. Type in “wellbeing” on your Mobile’s App store to see plenty of ways to help you meditate.
Drink plenty of water. Exercise. Do what you love if causes no harm. Do what you hate if it pushes you to grow and get out of your comfort zone to learn. Do something different. When’s the last time you did something for the first time?
Look after yourself before you look after anyone else. You can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s not about if the cup’s half full or half empty, it’s about being thankful you have a cup.
Many people underestimate the power of breathing properly or don’t know how to. So here’s how to take a real deep breath (and not a stressed out sigh):
- Inhale through your nose for 2 seconds (breathing in all that positive energy to your abdomen).
- Visualize the air passing through your throat and into your lungs.
- Exhale through your mouth for 3 seconds (blowing all that bad energy out).
- Repeat the above 2 more times with your palms facing up and see the difference.
- And WOOOSAAH!
The most important thing is to breathe out for slightly longer than you breathe in to help you relax and lower your stress levels.
Smile (even if you don’t feel like it)
The simple act of smiling releases endorphins, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy. So show off them teeth, spread the positivity and smile more. You don’t need me to tell you the difference it makes when you’re stressed compared to when you’re happy. The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood.
Check out the Coronavirus & Vitamin C article for tips on how to strengthen your immune system as stress weakens the immune system too.
This article’s dedicated to my greatest friend Chris, who despite going through many stressful situations, still shows much strength in every obstacle life throws. ❤
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