There’s only as much a woman can do! From taking care of the family to meeting deadlines at work, the extra stress takes a toll on your body. The hormones in your body can get riled up in a jiffy. As a result, your skin will look like it has just returned from a trip to hell. But how would you know that your skin is showing signs of stress? Take this quiz. Do you have acne that never goes? Are dark spots giving you nightmares? Does your skin look like it’s going to be the next Sahara desert? Have dark circles befriended you? If you answered in positive for at least 3 of these questions, then you dear, have a stressed and unhappy skin.
Want a solution? We heard from you! Read till the end to find the perfect solution for all your skin problems.
1. Uninvited Acne
These reddish bumps pop up just before a big day and can ruin all your plans.
Cause: When you’re stressed, the cortisol hormone in your body asks your skin to make more oil (Thank you, but we don’t need it). The accumulated oil and sebum attract bacteria and the result- acne!
Do’s: Wash your face every morning and night and follow it up with an oil-free moisturizer.
Don’ts: Don’t you dare touch it! It will only aggravate the problem.
2. Pesky Pigmentation
Yes, we know you dread those dark patches on your skin that turn your pristine face into a checkerboard!
Cause: Melanin is our friend but, cortisol can turn it into a foe. Excess melanin can lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Do’s: Use a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer every day before sleeping.
Don’ts: Don’t go out without applying sunscreen.
3. Dry as a Desert Skin
If you feel that your skin is dying for a cup of water, it’s parched.
Cause: The same, cortisol. Lower amounts of cortisol will rob your skin of required oil, making it stretchy and flaky.
Do’s: Rigorously apply a moisturizer every day before going to bed.
Don’ts: Don’t scrub your face more than twice a week.
4. Wrinkly Worries
Premature ageing is real, whether you like it or not. Stress can make your skin look years older than your actual age.
Do’s: Look for the word ‘retinoid’ or ‘retinol’ on skincare products and buy the one that suits you.
Don’ts: Don’t take stress, period.
5. Dark Circles
Excess stress can lead to a lack of sleep and dark circles. Those mini craters under your eyes can look like you’ve been boxed right in the eye.
Cause: Lack of sleep and anxiety prevent blood flow to your eyes and make you look straight out of zombie land.
Do’s: Invest in a good-quality under eye cream, probably one with green tea extracts.
Don’ts: Say no to post-midnight activities (other than sleeping, of course!)
So, this was the ultimate guide to a stress-free and happy skin. But remember that these solutions are temporary. For a permanent solution, you need to cut down on stress. Just relax and breathe!