For months I couldn’t understand why I was putting so much effort into skincare but it seemed like my skin just didn’t care. I haven’t suffered from terrible acne in my adult life, but lately my skin was so irritable. No matter how much I invested in skincare, nothing was definitively working. Pimples would disappear just to pop up again days later. So instead of becoming the definition of insanity, I knew I had to pause and find the root of the problem. But it wasn’t until I came across an article about bad relationships causing stress pimples that I had a revelation. My skin was so irritable because I had been irritable. And my lack of self-care was causing my emotions to really affect my skin. I was literally wearing my emotions on my skin.
HOW EMOTIONS AND YOUR SKIN ARE CONNECTED
It’s no secret that our emotions manifest into physical signs on our bodies. Goosebumps when you’re afraid, or butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous are examples of how our mind and bodies are connected. Our bodies give off physical alerts when we sense that something is wrong. Often times it is referred to as our fight or flight reactions, which are triggered by hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. When your mind senses trouble, your body releases cortisol or adrenaline to help you quickly react. And conversely, when your mind is at ease your cortisol levels are low and instead your growth hormones are at their peak. Mind-blowing, right?
HOW YOUR EMOTIONS SHOW UP ON YOUR SKIN
The emotional tolls show up on your skin when we are in prolonged states of stress, anger, or other heightened emotions. The cortisol hormone is meant to be pumped out quickly to help you get through trouble. But when you mentally hold on to stressful situations, cortisol is excessively released. And “when it’s chronically elevated for days or weeks on end, it has all kinds of negative effects on the skin. Excess cortisol breaks down collagen, increases moisture loss, triggers inflammation, dilates blood vessels, slows cell turnover and increases sebum production,” as explained by certified dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD in an oprah.com article. This is why we experience breakouts when stressed, inflammation and irritation when angry, and fine lines when frustrated. So the best way to prevent your emotions from affecting your skin is through self-care, so that negative emotions don’t last longer than they need to.
HOW TO USE SELF-CARE TO PREVENT THE EFFECT OF EMOTIONS ON YOUR SKIN
Your self-care routine is just as important as your skincare routine. I know it’s not easy to control your emotional state once in it, but practicing self-care can help minimize it, and thus the impact it has on your skin. When you’re angry, journal your emotions and then take a nice, long, luxurious shower. When you’re anxious, do your self-care activities and use beauty products that help you chill out. The point is to give yourself time and space to relax, so that you can process your emotions in a healthy way. When done regularly, these mindfulness practices serve as a preventative measure as well. So don’t let your body rely solely on cortisol to help. The healthier you are on the inside, the more you will glow on the outside. Use these beauty and self-care products to help calm you, and not let your emotions affect your skin.
The COUNTRY BATHHOUSE Sugar Fixe Serenity Body Scrub is an organic sugar cane scrub that exfoliates your dead skin as you shed your dead emotional weight. Sugar scrubs are boasted for gentle exfoliation, brightening your skin, smoothing your skin texture, and retaining your skin’s moisture. And as a cherry on top, this body scrub is made with shea butter and coconut oil for more hydration and supple skin. And the sage and mint essential oils used in this scrub are nourishing, pleasant-smelling, and also help to ease your mind and stimulate good vibrations and focus. So scrub all the bad stuff with these fresh, clean, and calming ingredients. Serenity at its finest.
The WALTON WOOD FARM Week From Hell Power Shower Gel is a great way to pamper yourself and unwind. We all know that a good hot shower seems to wash the stress from the day away, and this shower gel takes it up a notch. It’s made with grapefruit and brown sugar, which is a deep-cleansing and moisturizing combination. And the sweet, citrus scent makes your shower feel like a luxe spa experience. It’s also vegan and made with natural ingredients. With some self-care and this shower gel, give your day a fresh start and wash all the bad stuff away.
The WALTON WOOD FARM Sugar Coat It Lip Scrub is made with good stuff to help you get rid of the bad stuff. This lip scrub is vegan and cruelty-free, and made with 100% natural ingredients like sugar, mint, and lime. On top of tasting good, the sugar and mint act as exfoliants for your lips and get rid of dry and chapped skin. The mint also helps to hydrate and even the tone of your lips. And the lime floods your lips with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants. Lime and mint are also naturally uplifting, so you’ll feel good as you scrub the dead skin on your lips away. And for even more moisture and protection, this lip scrub is made with shea butter and jojoba oil. To work its magic, apply this lip scrub to your wet lips and gently massage it until it dissolves away, along with any negative emotions. Sugar coat it all.