Having my first proper break away since being indulged in the realms of blogging, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I wanted to produce this post today on the subject of stress and how it can affect our skin and overall health. Stress has always been a huge part of my life! Even if everything is going smoothly I still find myself in a rut and this isn’t a healthy place to be. My skin has always let me down with the constant battle with acne and scarring; it’s until now that I’ve figured out how to combat this and the main problems affecting it.
The skin and the nervous system are both linked from birth, as each come from the same embryo. Just before I went away I noticed how itchy my skin was and how bad my acne was getting! It was to a point that it was almost unbearable and nothing would calm my skin down! I would consider my diet as good and my overall skincare regime. I think taking all of this into perspective it made me even more stressed out because I have no idea what I was doing wrong and how to tackle this growing problem. Stress was key and it wasn’t until I went away that I noticed my skin starting to heal and the constant redness disappear! Since arriving back home I’ve managed to take a step back from all responsibility and handle things better. I’ve decided to work at my own pace and just take on what I can manage from blogging to my work life! Having a break away from everything really helped and in return left me with a much clearer mind and now I feel ready to tackle bigger things in my life. Stress can come into play on all sorts of health related issues but I just wanted to focus on skin today and share with you all my skincare regime and how I’ve overcome mental stress and the physical toll this can put on you. Rituals are always great and every week I make sure to have a bath to wind down and contemplate the week ahead but it’s also important to get at least eight hours sleep.
Sleep is very important and this is something I lacked, My head always hit the pillow after one when it really should be before twelve; between twelve and one is the time our skin goes into repair mode. Stress has always been my toughest demon to shrug off and you just realise how much it affects your mood and it just tires me out every single day. When it comes to my skincare regime I always avoid harsh soaps as these strip the skin of vital oils and technical make acne worse as they are to alkaline for the skin. These day’s I normally opt for natural products to make sure they don’t disrupt my skin and keep it as calm as possible. I do use various chemical alternatives with not so natural ingredients but they have improved my skin over time so I will continue to use them. My skin is high maintenance and I’m just trying not to let it get to me anymore and feel much happier that my break away has improved my overall complexion and I’m currently trying to keep this up and hoping for the best that my skin doesn’t go back to it’s old ways. One thing I’ve stopped doing and noticed a real difference from is by stopping the habit of picking spots and touching my face altogether as this just makes the matter worse and the problem spread.
My skins been so much clearer since I’ve done this and the acne is healing much quicker now with the use of the 14 day challenge by Dr. Dennis Gross over night acid peel, something I absolutely swear by! This has been a miracle product for acne and blemish prone skin, as it instantly clears scarring up and I’m not joking!! I’m hoping to give a full review on this soon. Another technique I’ve been trying is avoiding alcohol products, this ingredient dries out the skin and makes acne appear allot worse. I only use foundations I know work for my skin at the minute and love Nars Sheer Glow! It actually helps to heal and repair my skin whilst leaving it glowing, making it perfect for winter when my skins looking more dull. I just use light products now when it comes to make-up to allow my skin to breath and I’m hoping after another month my skin will be completely clear again after following these methods and sticking to my cleaner diet and skincare regime. If all else fails I swear by Laser acne treatment, I used to get this every month at my local salon, however it can be pricey! This never put me off as it really helped regain my confidence and cleared my skin up instantly after 3-4 treatments over the period of 4 months. If your local salon doesn’t offer this service then I highly recommend you check out a website called Sknclinics, they offer a skin care consultation and have 34 clinics within the UK that specialise in acne treatments.
How does your skin deal with stress?