How to deal with skin conditions caused by stress
The effects of a modern lifestyle can affect more than your mind; stress can also take a toll on your complexion. “Any type of stress can manifest in your skin since it’s the largest organ in the body”, says aesthetician Rachel Ranger. “Stress can increase cortisol levels which in turn increases inflammation,” she explains. In turn, inflammation can exacerbate whatever your underlying skin conditions may be.
As a general rule of thumb, Rachel suggests that it’s always a good idea to simplify your beauty routine and eliminate any products with drying alcohols and highly active products. Sometimes products can begin to irritate your skin during a time of extreme stress.
“It’s important to give your skin a little break from wearing heavy makeup. Letting your complexion breathe without foundation for at least 6 to 8 hours a day will do wonders for your skin. Find products that bring you a little joy! I mean you use them every day so why not?” Rachel says
Here are Rachel’s tips for dealing with concerns that come from stressed skin
If you’ve got redness:
If you are prone to rosacea or excessive redness, Rachel suggests stripping your routine back and adding simple, kind-working solutions. Choosing ingredients that nourish and protect the skin’s ecosystem is KEY! The new Rachel Ranger Pro.Skin™️ clinical range utilises a clinically designed blend of prebiotics and probiotics alongside potent botanicals to provide multi-correctional skincare that restores balance and combats the visible effects of a modern lifestyle.
Healthy skin is dependent on multiple factors, with external stressors being a key barrier to radiant, glowing skin. Rachel suggests using protective, prebiotic and probiotic plant-based skincare to help with this.
If you’re breaking out:
Acne and oily skin are the most common side effects of stress. If you are looking for immediate relief, Rachel recommends using an oil and cream formulation cleanser. “Using a gel or foaming based cleanser can strip the skin and create an overproduction of oil. This will ensure that you're protecting the skin’s barrier function,” Rachel says.
Rachel suggests avoiding over-exfoliating as this too can lead to an oil imbalance. “Using a hydrating moisturizer can help with the skin’s health and healing function. I like to use a Niacinamide serum to help with this,” Rachel says.
If you’ve got dry skin:
If you are feeling excessively dry the first thing you need to realise is your skin needs oil. Using products that contain oil is imperative! First starting with your cleanser, using an oil and cream formulation will ensure your skin’s barrier is kept healthy. “If you have extreme peeling, a gentle exfoliation is great to rid the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Those extra layers can prevent your moisturiser from penetrating your skin,” Rachel warns.
Rachel suggests using anti-oxidant oils or retinols supported by a nourishing moisturiser and avoid over-traumatizing the skin.
Again, Rachel reiterates to keep your routine simple.
If you’ve got dull skin:
“If your skin is needing a little boost, adding a Vitamin C serum into your routine is a great way to brighten it up,” Suggests Rachel.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and improves the luster of the skin. It can also help fade brown spots and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This amazing ingredient is for those people who don’t have a major skin concern, they’re just feeling like their skin is lacking radiance.
Rachel suggests looking for a serum that is formulated with at least 15% Vitamin C such as Rachel Ranger’s Vital C Serum.
Do any of these skin concerns resonate with you?
Know that you are not alone. I have walked this road and so have many other women.
You don’t have to just ‘put up’ with these for the rest of your life! Make the change and allow Rachel Ranger skincare to help you get there.