It’s safe to say that 2020 has defied all expectations and ended up being an incredibly challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic which has swept the globe is one of the main culprits. Not only has it taken a toll on the mental health of many, but it can lead to stressed-out skin as well. So if you suffer from sensitivity, or are prone to stress-related flare-ups of specific skin conditions, listen up! Because we’ve got advice on how to bring some much-needed calm to your complexion.
Stress and your skin
Ever noticed that during trying times your skin can become more problematic than usual? This is because stress has a direct link to our immune systems, which are weakened through prolonged periods of distress. It also triggers the release of the ‘stress hormone’ — cortisol — which can also have a negative effect on your epidermis. The result? It all boils down to genetics, but it can be anything from premature signs of aging, dryness and sensitivity and even flare-ups of existing conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, eczema and acne.
So what should you do to minimize your risk of breakouts and flare-ups? In terms of your skincare routine, it’s best to keep things simple. This means using gentle cleansers and moistuizers. It might also mean foregoing your long, complicated routine until your stress-out skin is restored to normal. If you are experiencing dryness, make sure you use a hydrating moisturizer. But what if you are being plagued by breakouts? Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser and retinol to help keep your pores free of zit-causing buildup. If you are prone to conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, contact a dermatologist for a medicated ointment to provide speedy relief.
Sadly, however, internal stress can’t be soothed with any topical balm. One of the most effective ways to get your skin glowing again is not just to have a soothing skincare routine and a healthy diet. It is also beneficial to incorporate self-care into your life as well. Whether it’s practicing yoga, doing daily mindfulness exercises or binging on a new TV show, finding ways to destress and calm down can also help to relieve some physical and mental tension. This, in conjunction with a simple, targeted skincare routine will help you kiss stressed-out skin goodbye!