Your Stress Affects Your Looks

One of the most obvious ways stress affects your appearance is that it rear its ugly head on your facial skin! Your skin starts producing oil from stress hormones, you break out or your skin can look dull and lifeless. Stress can cause skin to go wacky like make you break out in hives or cause a flare-up in a pre-existing skin condition like eczema.

Let’s face it, if we could, we’d all eliminate stress from our daily lives so that we could look and feel better all the time but since that’s not really feasible, let these 4 ways stress affects your appearance enlighten and convince you to not overwork and over stress yourself out!

1.      Under-Eye Bags

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Tomorrow’s to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the morning.

2.      Acne

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When it comes to acne, stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress can disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. That can then show up on your skin in the form of acne.

3.  Sagging skin 

Dry Skin

Stress reduces the skin’s own protective barrier made of healthy oils known as lipids, causing them to evaporate. This rich, moist barrier is hard to replace, even with the best creams, which is why stressed people’s skin always looks so desperately dry.


4. Hair Loss

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Some ladies like myself know firsthand how stress affects your appearance, through your hair! Seriously stressed people can expect to see hair loss and loss of vivacity in your normally healthy and shiny hair.

Stress happens to everyone, but since you can’t avoid your job, bills or life, the best thing to do is learn to manage the stress. If you live in constant or frequent state of stress, think about modifying some of the factors in your life that you can change not just for the sake of your appearance but for your health.

First and foremost, drink eight glasses (or more!) each day. The link between water and stress reduction is well documented. All of our organs, including our brains, need water to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t running well — and that can lead to stress.

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Practice deep breathing  to calm any anxiety. Drinking a lot of water and eating a well-balanced diet are important too, since your body can’t handle stress well if it’s not properly nourished.

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Man should knows the proper shaving techniques, quality products and even post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best and help avoid razor burn, razor bumps and irritation. A good, close shave  followed by the right facial wash and after shave moisturizer products go hand in hand to achieve optimum skin health. This guide has been adapted from our professional barber handbook – used in our master classes that teach barbers the proper wet shaving service.

1. Make Sure Your Beard is Thoroughly Wet

Wet Beard

Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure you beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes.

2. Use a quality shaving cream

The less foaming in the shave cream the better, as it is what is in contact with the skin and beard that matters – all else is wasted. Less resistance, less irritation and less nicks also mean a longer lasting blade. While the primary function of the shaving cream is to lubricate your face so that the razor will glide smoothly and effortlessly across the surface, it also serves to lock the moisture into the whiskers, keeping them soft and upright, primed for the cut.

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Pevonia Botanica silky Easy-Glide Shaving Emulsion delivers the ultimate shaving experience. Facilitating the razor’s glide, its advanced formulation transforms your aggressive shaving ritual (inevitably removing the protective film from your skin), into a non-invasive, non-irritating close shave. Your face is rendered evenly shaved and velvety-smooth without sensitivity or razor burn. Irritation-free shaving!

3. Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades

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Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. Be sure the blade is sharp. You’re not just cutting off hair, you’re also scraping off up to two layers of surface skin when you shave. Change the blade somewhere between every three and every ten shaves, if you shave every day. Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

5. Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving

After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash  that has a high concentration of tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash.

Men Shaving

Pevonia Botanica Aqua Gel – Foaming Cleanser is the perfect way to end your shaving moment. this Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser thoroughly cleanses while hydrating. Its masculine, clean, natural aroma soothes and delights your senses. Also ideal to refreshingly cleanse the skin post-fitness or sports.

6. Finish off with an After Shave Balm

Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave lotion designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin.


Pevonia Botanica Soothing After Shave Balm helps hydrate and desensitize your skin. Superbly light-textured, this Soothing After Shaving Balm completes your morning ritual by moisturizing, decongesting, and desensitizing. Combining the latest-discovered soothing phyto-extract: Portulaca, with Green Tea and Ginkgo Biloba, this balm hydrates, combats free-radicals, diffuses redness, and expedites healing.

Pevonia Botanica’s Spa Care FOR HIM range is scientifically developed to address the distinct differences of men’s skin. Precisely formulated, the range is effective in desensitising the skin, soothing irritability, preventing folliculitis, smoothing wrinkles and rehydrating the skin.

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Building Your Perfect Skincare Routine

It can be really confusing to know what to do to get amazing skin, there’s a lot of different suggestions, advice, products and recommends around. You want to take care of your skin, whether you have acne or not, because your skin is the largest organ on your body that protects you from the sun, wind, and rain.

Who doesn’t want great-looking skin? Here, we’ve created an easy day-to-night routine.

1. Start by knowing your skin type. Then you’ll know how to take care of it.

Dry skin is flaky, scaly, or rough. Oily skin is shiny, greasy, and may have big pores. Combination skin is dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin). Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch after you use some makeup or other products. Normal skin is balanced, clear, and not sensitive.


2. Cleaning

You can dry your skin by washing it too much, so once a day is fine for most people. In the morning, rinse your face with warm water. Use a soft towel to pat it — not rub it — dry. At night, washing with a cleanser or gentle soap helps get rid of the day’s dirt and makeup. If you exercise, you may want to wash your face afterward with a gentle cleanser. Sweat can clog your pores and make acne worse.

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3. Moisturize

You may think you’re too young to need moisturizer or your skin is too oily, but all skin needs moisture. Moisturizers help keep your skin from drying out. Use it every day, no matter what skin type you have. If you have acne or your skin is oily, find a moisturizer that is lightweight and oil-free, so it doesn’t block your pores.


4. Put on Sunscreen

The sun can damage your skin in only 15 minutes. Even though you’re young, you can get skin cancer. Look for sunscreen that works against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. Wear it every day, even if it’s not sunny and even if it’s cold. The sun’s rays can reflect off water, sand, and snow. Reapply every two hours.


5. Don’t Wear Makeup to Bed

Leaving makeup on your skin can clog your pores and cause acne. Use a gentle cleanser or makeup remover to wash it off. Use a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. If you use acne medicine, use it when your face is clean.



6. Food and Sleep for Healthy Skin

Keep your skin healthy by eating smart. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Choose lean proteins like chicken, fish, lean meat, beans, and eggs. Watch foods that are high in cholesterol, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and sugar. And get plenty of sleep for good health and to avoid dark circles, fine lines, dull skin, and other side effects of bad rest.

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7. Relax! Even stress can make you break out.


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How Stress Affects Skin

Your skin can bear the brunt of a stressful life. Stress levels are higher than ever these days and stress affects more than just your energy levels. It can directly impact on the health and appearance of your skin and body.


Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal. Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you break out more? This is because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which tells your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skins problems.

8 Ways to Reduce the Effects of Stress on Your Skin

1. Don’t neglect your skin. Take care of your skin, even if you’re tired or stressed

2. Get regular exercise. It’s good for your skin and the rest of your body..

girl-dumbles-happy-smiling-exercise3. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have                ten minutes. Take a bath or read an article.

anti-stress-shower-gel4. Take a walk around the block.

5. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing excercise, yoga,                              meditation or visual imagery.

yoga-class-sudajiva-relax6. Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours each night is ideal

7. Say no. It’s OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.

8. Talk to someone. Seek support from a friend or a professional therapist.







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