Is stress affecting your skin?

Yes. Yes it could be.

Especially if you live in Africa where we are told to keep everything in and not talk about it. So many people are smiling on the outside and dying inside.

That negativity can affect everything, your ability to sleep, eat and glow.When you're stressed, your skin may feel sensitive, dry, itchy and look dull. It's because stress affects your nervous system.

Anger, tension or anxiety will cause our bodies to release chemicals which are meant to defend the body against infection.

These chemicals can make skin concerns worse. For example cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause the overproduction of sebum - our skin's natural oil. Then the skin gets extra oily, congested and spotty.

When we are constantly stressed, the prolonged release of these chemicals can impair the protective barrier of the skin, making it easy for microbes like bacteria to enter the skin and make conditions worse.

How to manage stress

The best way to deal with the irritated skin would be taking care of your emotional health and establishing a skin care routine to address your beauty needs.

There are a lot of tips on how to manage your stress levels. A quick search will show you eating right, sleeping enough, drinking water, having an exercise routine etc.

My favorite is speaking to a therapist. Chile, hands down the best money I've ever spent. 

Managing stress levels will cause your body to release endorphins (calming hormones) like serotonin which bring down inflammation. Reducing inflammation is the first step to healing the skin.

When you take care of your mental and emotional health, your skin will be healthier. What are some of your favorite ways to get rid of stress?

This post has been updated but was originally published on my other beauty blog, Wolf + Moroko

Skin Care TipsClare Oparo