Stress and Skin
Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you are stressed? This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tell glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin can be more prone to acne and other skin problems.
Stress can also aggravate eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. If you are stressed you may be more likely to skip self-care rituals and routines that can help to relieve stress and reduce skin issues.
Rethink how you handle stress
We can't avoid stress but how we deal with it is key. Beauty rituals are important but there is some back-to-basics that we can all build into our lives:
- Regular exercise. It is great for your skin. Do you think you could do 20 minutes daily, 5 times a week? Get an App to help do it at home, so there are no excuses.
- Breath. Try 4 deep breaths in and 8 normal breaths out. Do this 3 times.
- Walk. Step away from the screen and take an aimless stroll.
- Enjoy. Do something that rocks-your-boat, even if its for 15 minutes
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours and use a product to help you get a good night
- Support. Talk to someone, a friend or professional. There are some really great Apps out there too.
- Commit. A daily beauty routine will help to nourish and protect your biggest organ - the skin
Mary-Rose Lobo, Facialist and Founder of Skinirvana Pure Bliss Beauty Oil
A self-care ritual can help to balance chaos and stay grounded, which is vital for good mental health and healthy skin. To start with, we can all look at our growing to-do list (that never quite gets done) and say "it is okay" not to get it done. It is also good to say "No" sometimes but say "Yes" to a beauty ritual that can lift our spirit, balance and nourish from the inside out.
For Mary-Rose, beauty rituals can be so important. That's one of the reasons she developed her own beauty oil, Skinirvana. It's packed with essential ingredients to help maintain clear, healthy skin, which can help make us feel confident and on top of things. As a facialist, she sees the stress-reducing benefits of regular facial massages with her clients. The ritual of massaging and sticking to a daily routine can help the mind to feel less chaotic and nurtured.