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
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.
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
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
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.
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.