Every day we are exposed to stress. This is a normal phenomenon in our life, which encourages us to develop the necessary evolutionary mechanisms and choose the best behavioral strategies. As a result, over time, what used to be a strong stressful situation can turn out to be an easy task to solve.
But it also happens that we are forced to experience severe prolonged stress in a situation that we have little influence on. It can be a complex illness (one’s own or a loved one), a traumatic situation in a relationship, a stressful period at work when you need to give everything 200%, and much more.
How does the skin react to ongoing stress?
This kind of stress has a negative impact on health in general, and its consequences in the form of psychosomatics, exacerbation of chronic diseases, problems with sleep, and nervous and cardiovascular systems may appear later. But often the fact that a person has passed or is going through a difficult stressful period can be judged by his appearance. The skin reacts to stress in the most obvious way:
The production of collagen decreases, which leads to a decrease in turgor, and a general deterioration in the condition of the skin (wrinkles, ptosis, dull complexion, peeling).
Muscle clamps in the cervical region, provoked by stress, worsen the lymph flow, which leads to problems with edema. This is reflected in the face too.
Psychosomatics is not only heart problems but also itchy rashes or foci of inflammation on the skin, provoked by overloads of the nervous system. Most commonly known as neurodermatitis, it occurs more frequently on the hands than on the face.
Allergic rashes on nerves can affect the neck area, and eyelids.
Clogged pores, rashes, subcutaneous acne, and other similar cosmetic defects can also be the result of stress.
We have listed far from all, but the most common skin problems due to stress. How can they be solved?
How can you reduce the negative effects of stress on your skin?
In a stressful state, it is best to use an integrated approach:
- A dietary supplement to maintain and normalize the state of the nervous system,
- A dietary supplement to normalize skin condition,
- Massage to relax spasmodic muscles, and improve blood flow and lymph flow
- If there are no pronounced dermatological problems that were mentioned above
- Selection of care products for the problem and/or a visit to a cosmetologist/ dermatologist.
I would like to note that the advice given in this article will be relevant for those who do not have severe dermatological problems: itchy rashes, inflammation, cracks, and other uncomfortable skin disorders that are of non-traumatic origin. If they are, be sure to consult a doctor first. Only he can help you understand the problem and choose the appropriate therapy.
If you do not have such a problem, then we proceed to the next stage: the choice of dietary supplements and vitamins. We wrote about massage in detail in this article.
What vitamins and dietary supplements does the skin need under stress?
We will assemble a complex based on the collagen drink “Femiwell Source of Beauty” from Evalar. Why was it chosen? The composition already contains a decent dosage of hydrolyzed collagen, as well as B vitamins, which are necessary for the nervous system and brain 1, 2, and other important micronutrients. Thus, you buy one product instead of 3 to 5 and start using it to solve two groups of tasks at once:
- Improving the condition of the skin (and at the same time nails and hair)
- Normalization of the state of the nervous system
- To increase efficiency, we recommend adding Omega-3 as well, like Femiwell,
- Works in several directions at once and is useful for appearance
- Nervous and cardiovascular systems
- Add zinc (preferably chelated) if you have problems with clogged pores or breakouts
Add vitamin D and magnesium if you fall asleep badly and feel general depression, apathy, and depressive states during the day. Magnesium is not only good for the nervous system, it helps vitamin D to be absorbed better. If necessary, enhance their action with tryptophan in the form of 5-HTP. This amino acid is needed for the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, hormones responsible for good sleep at night and excellent mood right in the morning.
So, we got a basic complex for beauty and the nervous system, which consists of one complex and 3-5 (depending on your situation) mono preparations. The course of admission is from 1 to 3 months of all dietary supplements, except for a complex supplement with collagen. It should be drunk for at least 6 months. Six months later, the course should be repeated. All dietary supplements, except magnesium, can be taken in the morning, together. Magnesium is best taken in the afternoon or evening, just before bedtime.
Lifehack: you can reduce the number of jars by buying a complex preparation from Evalar instead of separate packages of Omega-3 and vitamin D3, which just contain these two micronutrients in optimal dosages.
How to choose cosmetics for skin under stress?
Each person’s skin reacts to stress differently. Therefore, we will not give general advice, but we will talk about how you can solve the main problems with 1-2 additional products or techniques with their application or use.
From stress, not only the skin of the face but also the body can dry and peel off. Until the problem is solved, use light moisturizing lotions at least once a day. If you prefer to apply the product in the evening, before going to bed, then you should use a denser and more nutritious oil product under it. Suitable as coconut oil or hydrophilic tiles, as well as popular cosmetic oils (avocado, almond, wheat germ).
Acid foods will help with rashes. Use the 1-2 times a day under your main skincare products or instead of them (depending on your preferences and severity of problems). If you do not want to use SPF, then in the spring-summer season you should choose less concentrated acids and apply them only in the evening.
Alginate masks, which were once at the peak of popularity, are now undeservedly forgotten. But this is an excellent and relatively economical tool that can enhance the effectiveness of your usual care products (serums, emulsions, facial oils). Use the alginate mask as the final step in your skincare routine, after applying your usual nourishing and moisturizing care products under it. After removing the mask, use light cream. This will make the skin more nourished and hydrated.
Do not forget also that the alginate mask and the whole range of usual care products should be applied to the neck and décolleté area. This zone, due to the lack of fat, is more prone to aging processes and also reacts negatively to stress.
And finally, self-massage.
You can read about its benefits and important auxiliary accessories for a more pronounced effect in this article>> Even if you do not want to use massage jars or guasha, you can always do a light relaxing massage with your fingers. 3-to 7 minutes a day is enough for you to see the first pleasant results very soon.