Stress and Your Skin

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Stress and Your Skin

Stress is, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of life, and can have severely detrimental effects on your skin. Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol and other hormones, which, in turn, tell your sebaceous gland to produce more oil. Although regular stressful periods are inevitable, what matters the most is the way in which you choose to deal with them. OROGOLD takes a closer look at the effects that stress can have on the skin.

Skin Conditions
When the body is stressed, the digestive system can often become slightly erratic as blood is directed away from it, causing everything to become more acidic. An unbalanced digestive system then leads to further skin problems, including dryness and blemishes. Stress also exacerbates other skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. OROGOLD recommends eating foods that are high in alkaline during stressful periods, such as non-animal proteins and plenty of leafy greens. Taking the time to thoroughly chew your food before swallowing will also help to alkalise it even more.

Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Stress causes the skin to dry up, and dry skin leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming much more quickly on the face. Many people also tend to use certain facial expressions more when stressed, be it frowning or squinting at a computer screen for hours on end, and these cause deep lines that remain on the face for weeks after the stressful period is over. If you feel yourself frowning or squinting, OROGOLD recommends stepping away from the source of stress for ten minutes, and spend that time giving your face a mini-massage to boost circulation. Research has also shown that smiling, even if it is a fake smile, helps to improve the mood and induce a more relaxed state of mind, which is something desperately needed during stressful times.

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Sleep Deprivation
Stress can often cause people to experience sleepless nights, tossing and turning for hours but not managing to fall asleep. Just one night of this can result in dull, rough skin, as well as eye bags and under-eye circles, so if this happens on a regular basis, you can imagine the effects that this would have. Certain breathing exercises can make it significantly easier to fall asleep, as can removing all electronics from your bedroom, as a TV or smartphone would only stimulate your mind, not allowing it to relax. OROGOLD also recommends always making sure that your sheets are clean, and purchasing ones made from natural, rather than synthetic, fabrics.

Studies have shown that not only does stress severely affect the skin, but leading a stressful life also increases your chance of developing skin cancer in the future. No matter how stressed you may be, it is important to take some time each day to do something just for you, be it a walk in the garden, playing with your dog, or sitting down with a good book. Make the effort to consciously keep your stress levels as low as possible, to ensure that your health does not end up suffering.

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