In todays modern and fast paced world, many of us live in a constant state of stress.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that helps us deal with emergency situations. It causes the body to release adrenaline, which sends out a “fight or flight” message. Although this hormone is needed at times, when we are stressed on a daily basis cortisol builds up, tricking the body into thinking it’s in constant stress. This can have negative effects on the mind, body and skin.
Stress can make skin more sensitive and reactive, aggravating psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Your skin can break out more when you’re stressed because cortisol tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.
Here are a few simple tips to help reduce the effects of stress on a daily basis.
1. Take A Moment
Every day, make time to spend somewhere quiet and focus on the present moment. Try to push away the tasks and stresses of the day and focus on your breathing. This will help to rest your mind, allow your body to relax and reduce levels of cortisol. Even just 10 minutes can make a big difference.