When it comes to a beauty routine, stress is one of the biggest killers around. If possible, it’s essential to avoid bumping up your cortisol levels to protect the largest organ on your body. However, with bills to pay and office politics to navigate, the average woman isn’t going to be able to switch off for half the day for the sake of her looks. After all, if you don’t, the signs of ageing will start to show, adding to your already high-stress levels.
The following are the signs that stress is messing with your skin. This list isn’t to scare you, but to act as a warning so that you can fight back.
Bags Under The Eyes
The logic is simple enough – stressed people don’t get an adequate amount of sleep. As a result, bags begin to form under the eyes, making them appear puffy and inflamed. Sometimes, liquid forms and make under-eye bags even more intense. The solution is obvious yet effective – get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Eight is preferable, though, so you might want to try and switch off the TV earlier than usual. Also, for the ladies who sleep on their stomachs, bags look worse because of gravity. So, you might want to switch to your back or side.
If you have ever been stressed out, you will know that it’s hard to stick to a healthy routine. Not only does this mean that regular exercise goes out of the window, but it also means you resort to eating junk food and guzzling fizzy drinks. The latter is terrible for your skin because it leads it to become dehydrated, which in turn, forces the moisture to be replaced by flakes of skin. The trick is to keep a bottle of water close by so that you can take little swigs often. Saying no to a morning cup of coffee is also worth considering (if you can function without a mug of Joe!).
A lack of vitamins and water can lead to the fat levels in your face to shrink. When this process occurs, your features might appear shrunken and flat. Sadly, it’s harder to increase collagen levels as they deplete with age. So, what are the options? Eating fish is an excellent alternative because it’s full of Omega-3 acids, the naturally occurring kind. If you feel as if the process has gone too far, Dermal filler treatments are non-invasive and don’t require surgery. As always, if you spot something that you believe is unhealthy, you should speak to a GP or medical professional.
Lines & Wrinkles
Sorry, but the signs of ageing that you want to avoid the most are caused by stress. Yes, lines and wrinkles are more likely to appear on your face due to the fact that you spend more time frowning. And, the muscles that form frowns contort the skin in such a way that the action can leave visible lines, so finding a way to smile more is paramount.
Who doesn’t enjoy laughing and smiling, anyway?