Lots of things have an impact on our skin. A bad diet, not consuming enough water, but the one that we don’t always associate with skin issues is stress, and it has more of an affect than you might think.

You may or may not have noticed that when you feel stressed or anxious, your skin is the first thing to suffer. Anything can trigger it, a delayed commute, exam or interview stress or even just a bad day in general. Your stress is unique to you, as is the way it may affect your skin.

So where is the correlation? We’re all aware that stress can affect our mental health but would never blame a seemingly random breakout on that really stressful day at work we had. Well, maybe it’s time we start. When we feel stress or anxiety, our body releases an increased amount of the hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol alters our ability to absorb nutrients and soaks up all our glucose resources and sends it straight to our skin. This results in breakouts, blemishes and inflammation. Our faces hold more hormone receptors than any other part of our body and so they’re far more susceptible to suffering.

As well as what’s happening on the inside when we feel stressed, how we act can have an impact on our complexion too. If you have a nervous habit of touching your face, you could end up transferring whatever is on your hands onto your cheeks, nose, or chin. Additional dirt on your face could clog your pores, cause spots and just all round worsen your skins condition.

Stressful situations have potential to throw you off any dietary habits you may have. Quite often, a stressful day can leave you wanting nothing but a large alcoholic drink and easy-to-make meal or takeaway. We are, after all, the generation who fails one exam and treats ourselves for the rest of that calendar year to make us feel better for it. We all know the effects that alcohol and food has on our skin. Reminiscing (or not) breakouts galore and puffy cheeks after that ultimate Christmas over-indulgence every. Single. Year.

So, how can we help our skin? Resisting a binge would be the ideal option, but we’re only human. It may not be as simple as ‘handling our stress’ either. If we stress about stressing, chances are we’ll just stress more. Managing our stress-driven habits and taking some time to ourselves is a good idea, however. Self-care is always a hot-topic of conversation these days, but it can be more than a bubble bath and a face mask. Ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep will help improve your skin and your stressful moods. Eating a well-balanced diet can also have a positive impact on both your complexion and mind. It doesn’t hurt to have some de-stressing techniques mastered to help alongside too, like yoga or meditation.

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