We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.
But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to do with hormones, celebrity facialist Abigail James tells us.
“We have all suffered from some kind of stress, on whatever level that might be,” Abigail explained. “It’s a modern-day phenomena, I see this weekly in my treatment rooms. A massive part of skin freaking out is increasing stress levels.
“This has a huge impact on our skin. When we are stressed our adrenal glands are going head to the dozen. We might not feel it, we might be firing off the energy that we’re getting, but because the adrenal glands are going, we’re releasing stress hormones, cortisol is one of them. They’ve done research, and found that cortisol actually destroys the telomeres that hold DNA together. It physically ages us when we are stressed.”
And this stress is happening on a daily basis, heightened by the fact that technology now rules our life, which means that before we even get out of bed in the morning we check our email and social media pages.
“Stress also affects our hormones,” Abigail continued. “We give off different hormones and a big chunk of that is they’re connected to the sebum production in our skin, which increases breakouts. Along with that, it really interferes with the barrier function of the skin, the protection of the skin. “And that’s not even mentioning the pollution, which is a stress to the skin.”
So what exactly can we do to combat the effect of stress on our skin? Have some ‘me time’, advises the skin specialist, whose clients include model Arizona Muse and British TV presenter Donna Air.
Treating your skin to a double cleanse when you remove your make-up and a daily facial massage will help to unclog pores and let skin breathe.
Top skincare products to incorporate into your daily routine include Darphin’s new Vetiver Aromatic Care Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask, which is soothing and calming, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and multi-purpose balm Egyptian Magic.
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