According to a study carried out in late 2017 by the French Polling Institute OpinionWay, stress affects 9 out of 10 French people. 50% say they are “very” or “quite” stressed, women being the most affected by stress. 60% according to the survey results they are stressed, against 38% for men.
Science demonstrated the link between stress and its harmful effects on skin health.
How does stress manifest? How to remedy it naturally? We tell you everything!
UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON SKIN
We have all experienced a stressful moment in our life: examination, interview, preparation for an event, disease, unemployment … This period of stress may be more or less long, with a variable intensity of feeling, depending on the person.
How does stress manifest and how harmful is it? Stress and the way it expresses itself (acceleration of heartbeat, cold sweats, tremors …) are warning signals caused by our body to prepare us to react to the surrounding dangers. The body then secretes stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that induce an increase of heart rate, faster breathing. Our energy is mobilized to face the future danger. In prehistoric times, this mechanism proved to be particularly effective in dealing with predators and ensuring the survival of the human species. Today, although our lives are rarely really threatened, our bodies have retained these same survival mechanisms. It does not know the difference between the arrival of a grizzly bear about to attack and an angry colleague overwhelming you with reproaches.
The skin from the same embryonic tissue as the nervous system is closely connected. Due to the effect of stress hormones, the skin reacts and changes its appearance. It becomes pale as the vessels tighten, and sweat more. Continuous over-solicitation of the skin by the stress hormones eventually damages the skin barrier by disrupting the blood circulation, providing the nutrients it needs to function properly. There is a reason why we say “to be bad in one’s skin” or “to be hypersensitive”!
Depending on skin types, stress will worsen and accentuate certain discomforts. For example, if you have dry skin, it will dehydrate more, and in most extreme cases, there will be red patches on the face but also on the entire body.
For combination to oily skin, stress will result in the appearance of excess sebum, especially in the T-zone, favoring the obstruction of pores and the appearance of imperfections. Indeed, stress induces an inflammatory response that worsens acne.
Unfortunately, our skin is not the only collateral victim of stress. The condition of our hair and nails can also deteriorate with anxiety. Generally, people who are most concerned and stressed are often more inclined to behaviors such as biting their nails, tearing/pulling their eyelashes, etc … Far from being aesthetic for men as well as for for women, nibbling his nails considerably damages the hands. Once this habit is established, it is difficult to fix it.
In addition to weakening the nails, stress can also cause hair loss. If it is perfectly normal and natural to lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day, over a hundred, it will be necessary to start to wonder and consult a specialist.
As for skin problems, stress will have a significant impact on our weight gain depending on each person’s morphology.
Weight gain or loss, please watch your diet during stressful times
OUR 8 NATURAL ANTI-STRESS REMEDIES
- Exercise regularly or walk 10 minutes.
Yoga, walking, etc … move and stay active to free your mind.
If regular sports activity reduces stress, time or motivation is sometimes lacking. In this case, walk only 10 minutes, preferably in a green space, practicing the “mindfulness” close to meditation, that is to say in silence while paying attention on his sensations, his breathing allows to release endorphins, hormones of well-being and therefore reduce stress.
- Avoid bad fats and promote meals rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
To protect your skin against external aggressions but especially against the harmful effects of stress on your epidermis, consider eating healthy. For a list of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, antioxidants and omegas 3 and 9, see our article: Anti-aging, our 8 natural tips to reduce wrinkles.
- Learn to breathe.
It does not look like much, but breathing helps soothe tension and relieve stress effectively and quickly.
When you feel the stress rising, inhale slowly through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Count 5 seconds per inhale and 5 seconds per exhalation. Repeat as many times as necessary to relax and remove the ball from your stomach.
- Practice self-massage by stimulating LI4 acupuncture point to restore calm.
This point is located between the index finger and the thumb, at the joint of the two fingers. Using the index and thumb of the opposite hand, pinch with firm pressure for three minutes. Breathe deeply by swelling the abdomen.
You can also heat a few drops of our Radiance Precious Oil in the palm of your hands and massage gently to undo the knots. Skull, forehead, shoulders and feet, focus on these areas to relieve stress.
5. Turn your home into a place dedicated to wellness and relaxation.
Avoid leaving your apartment in a mess, which could increase stress once you get home.
Create a suitable place for relatxation by arranging scented candles and giving off soothing essential oils (ex: Mandarin).
- Practice positive thinking
Each problem has its solution. Change your way of approaching situations in a positive way. Regularly practiced, positive self-talk is a good way to work self-confidence, reduce stress and anxiety.
- Take care of your skin with organic and natural cosmetics!
To fight against drying out, excess of sebum, and imbalance of the cutaneous barrier due to the stress, it is important to moisturize its skin sufficiently.
– If you have a combination to oily skin, apply morning and evening our Radiance Soothing gel cream, our organic face cream, unique combination of active ingredients such as Green Banana, Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid for plumped and hydrated skin for 24h. Dry skin will prefer the Comforting Cream with Yellow Banana, Mango Butter and Hyaluronic Acid.
– To absorb skin impurities gently and eliminate toxins, we advise you to make a purifying mask once a week. On wet face, apply our Musaclean Purifying Mask. Leave for ten minutes then rinse.
- When the hair is damaged, dry and brittle, it asks only one thing: to be pampered!
Therefore, do not hesitate to optimize the hair masks and oil bath to strengthen and limit hair loss.
In the palm of your hand, heat a dose of Precious Nutritive Oil and spread throughout hair. To maximize the effectiveness of the oil, wrap your hair with a warm towel. Leave for 30 minutes and do your usual shampoo.
Remember, the more stressed you are, the more stress you will have on the state of your mind and skin. So, breathe, calm down and smile at life!