They say the only constant thing in life is change but stress is right up that alley.
We can’t avoid the stress in our job, monthly bills, or life in general, so the only thing we should do is put on dark shades and deal with it. We have to eat right and healthy, regularly exercise, get enough rest and sleep, and take care of ourselves generally speaking. So what happens if we don’t? Well, stress is terrible on our hair, skin, and nails. So how does stress affect your looks? Keep reading to find out.
- Eye bags are the number one most obvious effect on our looks when we don’t get enough of that well deserved and needed beauty sleep. Lack of sleep causes fluids to pool below the eyelids and we end up looking like a puffy hot mess in the morning. If you like sleeping on your stomach, then you’re not spared. Simply put, puffiness and eye bags are will appear overnight because of gravity’s pull. Remedy those eye bags in the morning by placing the back of a cold spoon that sat in the fridge overnight on your under-eye area. Swipe it gently upwards on your under-eye area to help start draining the fluid. When it’s time to do your makeup, a good trusty concealer on top of your foundation is a god-send.
- Dry-flaky skin is also something you can expect if you’re stressed and not drinking enough water. No, coffee or soda don’t count because they’re dehydrating beverages. Drink 8 glasses or more to prevent this skin problem. Drinking green tea and and eating foods that have high water content will also help because of their antioxidant and hydrating properties. Cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, and beets will help with the hydration problem. When it comes to topical skin care, include a serum in your skin care routine. Something with hyaluronic acid is a recommended product because this ingredient is known to hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
- Is acne synonymous to stress yet? Humor aside, acne flares up regardless of your skin type when you’re stressed. The science behind it is that stress releases cortisol which can cause hormonal imbalances, the imbalance become the trigger for acne. It’s also not a widely known fact that when you’re stressed, the good and bad bacteria in your gut can be disrupted and the end result is acne on your skin. It is believed that meditation, a balanced diet, and proper hydration can counter the effects of stress on the skin. And stay away from sugar!
- Rashes and hives are also two things you can expect when there’s an imbalance in your gut causes by stress. Breathing exercised can help get rid of these, but a visit to the doctor is strongly recommended.
- When we’re stressed, we’re more likely to have a reddish or a flushed face. We tend to breathe short, shallow, and sometimes even fast breaths when we’re stressed, and this can cause flushing and redness. Take slow and deep breaths to counter this effect and drink tea that contains chamomile or patchouli.
- Fine lines can be caused by constantly wearing a frown, furrowing your eyebrows, and pursing your lips. Sometimes we don’t even realize that it has become a habit because of all the types of stressful conditions we have to endure on a daily basis. But the key is awareness. Relax your face when you catch yourself doing it until you drop the habit. Silicone-based makeup will help make fine lines less visible if you need to freshen up your look.
- Thinning hair is also something we can expect when we’re constantly stressed. Hair loss is linked to significant physiological changes in your body but can be caused by psychological stress too. Sudden lifestyle changes or illness can trigger or worsen hair loss. If you think the hair loss has become significant, visit a doctor. If the cause of stress is unavoidable, they might recommend a hair thickening serum as a remedy.
- Have you noticed deep grooves on your nails? These might indicate that you’re stressed. Vertical lines and ridges on the nails are linked to aging and lack of specific vitamins but they’re said to be harmless. If you have these lines, however, visit your doctor ASAP to make sure there’s nothing too serious going on aside from stress.
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