Stress effects on the Skin & Tips to De-stress

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.



Stress effects on the Skin

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).





Stress effects on the Skin

“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!



Stress effects on the Skin

“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 conditionseczema, 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.


Stress effects on the Skin
Missipi Mud Pie & Pecan Pie I recommend 🙂

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.





Stress effects on the Skin


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):

  1. Inhale through your nose for 2 seconds (breathing in all that positive energy to your abdomen).
  2. Visualize the air passing through your throat and into your lungs.
  3. Exhale through your mouth for 3 seconds (blowing all that bad energy out).
  4. Repeat the above 2 more times with your palms facing up and see the difference.
  5. 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.



Stress effects on the Skin

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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16 Replies to “Stress effects on the Skin & Tips to De-stress”

  1. I agree that stress is a huge burden on the skin. My old boss was not that old (50) and no kidding he looked mid 60s.

    I think the fact he was always stressing about work made him age quickly. I love your tips too. I smile even when I don’t think I have a reason too and I can quickly change my mood, it’s amazing.

    Thanks for a great artile!

    1. It really is, on the skin and other physical and mental conditions. Work stress is definitely a big reason why people feel stressed. Keep setting that great example smiling Brandon 🙂 thanks for your comment.

  2. Good article. As a coach I would endorse everything you said.
    Your mind is what controls your body, just try it and see the result.

    Liked your images, really helped the readability.

    I think you missed out a word at the end.

    Do you KNOW someone …

    1. Thank you kindly Ronald, mind over matter as they say. Glad you liked the images and pointing that out haha that’s what happen when you writing late at night!

  3. Hey Sammi
    With everything going on in the world right now, your article is exactly what I needed. I work in the medical field so the stress is immeasurable right now. Thanks for the article it was very informative.

    1. Thank you Prischillah, it’s really good to know it’s helping people. Keep doing the amazing work in the medical field!

  4. Firstly, great visuals in this! I love your “just breathe” list to close out this article. Isn’t it funny how the simplest things are the most effective? Great post! Bookmarking it!

    1. Thank you so much Eric, much appreciated. The simple things really do make a big difference. Feel free to subscribe to be notified of new self-care posts too.

  5. I loved all the information you shared in this blog post on how stress affects our skin, so many things are affected by too much stress when it comes to our body and our health.

    Which product or products would you recommend for people with skin problems with diabetes, so many people with this experience skincare problems and finding products that work for them?


    1. Thank you Jeff, so glad you loved it. That is the case when the body and the mind are interconnected. I’d definitely recommed CBD infused products for people with diabetes as they’re known for being healing and anti-inflammatory and help dryness. I’ve just post a blog on how to avoid complications with diabetes too that might be of use to you. I’m in the middle of writing one regarding skincare for diabetics as it’s been requested already too. Should be up sooon! Stay well Jeff!

  6. I’m breathing in and out as I’m reading the article. We tend to forget these simple things and succumb to the stresses of the day. Now that we are facing so many challenges that comes with the effects of coronavirus. These simple things are what we need to stay in the present moment because that’s where our peace of mind and sanity comes from. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you’re practising your breathing technique Maggie. That’s right, we do forget these little things like breathing correctly can make a big difference. I hope it does help de-stress people during these tough times. Thank you for your comment. Stay well!

  7. I really enjoyed your article. I tend to suffer with eczema on my elbows when stressed. I also frown a lot (lol) so at the age of 29 my skin is still very important. Your post is a great help.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Russ! I have eczema too, make sure your exfoliating your elbows daily if the skins not broken, if it is, still scrub but more gently and use lots of moisteriser! Haha turn that frown upside down! I’m glad the post helped you 🙂

  8. What a nice post you wrote Sammi! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the stress effects on the skin and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂


    1. Thank you kindly Ali. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it, appreciate your comment. De-stressing helps everything. More quality articles coming up! Stay well Ali 🙂

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