"CHANGE" an act or process through which something becomes different.
We sure have had a lot of this through 2020. So lets discuss how this can directly or indirectly connect to your skin health
Stress greatly impacts skin during anxiety-filled times – and yep we are all elevated in this category at the moment!
Quick to form (Acute) and Slow burn out (chronic stress) have an effect on skin and this is something that has been widely studied and documented for many hundreds of years
Linking psychological stressors to the development, onset and aggravation of many skin diseases and conditions have been viewed and we are seeing more now than ever skin disease such as acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis directly linking themselves to our current lifestyle and environment.
Although this does not fully detail the chemical response to stress, we know the body increases levels of cortisol and adrenaline – chemical messengers. These messengers trigger increased heart rates, blood pressure, blood sugar, increased sebaceous gland and eccrine (sweat) activity and internal inflammation.
Internal inflammation can result in the flare-up of any skin conditions you may already be predisposed to such as psoriasis, dermatitis, acne breakouts and eczema.
So how can we help this?
Let’s take a look at a few healthy practices for increasing your level of resilience and coping with change.
- Evaluate your level of control
- Practice self-care
- Check your thought patterns
- Be in the present
- Find your priorities
- Write down the positives that have come from this change.
And finally, give yourself a break. In a time of change, you may feel a little out of control. You may feel like you are not living up to your expectations for yourself. Remember that you are allowed to do less than what is humanly possible. Nothing says you have to function at 100 per cent all the time. ( I need to listen to my own words)
Make a point to incorporate more laughter and fun into your life. Lean on a friend even if its to share stories - sometimes you need to vent.
And, most importantly practice gentle nurturing based skin care solutions. Smashing your skin with harsh, "kill that sucker" kind of products is only going to fuel the fire. Take time out and enjoy a beautiful Medical based facial skin treatment.
Combination based treatments such as the soothing warmth from LED Light Therapy can help support weak and inflammed skins, or a medical grade skin treatment and consultation to help identify how to best protect your skin can often be the biggest support available. Allow us to take the pressure and help steer your skin through this journey.
TEAM WORK is key!
xx Michelle - Skin Nerd