Stress can wreak havoc on our health and unfortunately, own skin’s not immune to stress. Here’s how to remedy stressed skin according to a skincare expert.
If your skin has been causing you grief over the last few weeks, youâ€™re not alone. Emma Hobson, skin expert and Dermalogicaâ€™s director of education Asia Pacific, admits sheâ€™s been busy fielding phone calls from friends and family asking for advice on an array of skin concerns. â€śEveryone seems to be breaking out at the moment,â€ť Hobson says.
According to Hobson stress has a pesky way of showing up on our skin. â€śItâ€™s a challenging time for everyone,â€ť Hobson says. â€śItâ€™s a stressful time and we know that the moment your skin gets stressed it gets into trouble.â€ť Unfortunately, stress on the skin can trigger a vicious cycle, explains Hobson. â€śWhen your skin is bad and you look in the mirror you just donâ€™t feel happy and that can cause more stress.â€ť
There are a number of ways that stress can make itself apparent on our complexions, explains Hobson. â€śYou can get a lot of side effects of stress on the skin,â€ť she says. An impaired barrier function is a sign that skin is suffering and can lead to a whole host of problems. â€śIncreased sensitivity, breakouts, dehydration, premature ageing, puffiness and dark circles are a few of the things you might notice,â€ť Hobson says.
Hobson believes that our increased exposure to blue light â€“ which emanates from devices including computers, smartphones and tablets â€“ could be contributing to skin flare-ups. Itâ€™s true that many of us are spending more time in front of various screens than normal, which could, according to Hobson be impairing our skinâ€™s barrier function and exposing us to more free radicals. â€śOur skin is taking a bit of a hit at the moment.â€ť
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to remedy common skin problems if your skin is bearing the brunt of stress, says Hobson. â€śA really good skincare regimen is vital right now as being able to support your skin with the right products is going to make a huge difference,â€ť she explains. Cleansing is the pillar of any great skincare routine, and while it might be tempting to skip your twice-daily cleansing ritual if you don’t wear much make-up, Hobson advises against making this common mistake. Hobson is a firm believer in the double-cleansing method regardless of whether you wear make-up or not. â€śCleansing is more important when you have a disturbed barrier. Donâ€™t skip it just because youâ€™re not wearing make-up.â€ť
And while winter is on the way and most of us are indoors more than before, Hobson says now is not the time to skimp on sunscreen. â€śQuite a few people arenâ€™t using their sunscreens as often as they should be. We still actually need to protect the skin with sunscreen,â€ť she says. â€śYou need to be screening free-radicals and blue light; plus we are still going outside.â€ť Hobson says many of us are working close to windows which means that harmful UV rays are still hitting our skin. â€śWe mustnâ€™t forget about defending our skin with an SPF.â€ť
If your complexion is missing your regular professional skincare treatment, Hobson says thereâ€™s no reason why you shouldnâ€™t be doing great DIY treatments on your skin at home. â€śThere are different things you can do. You can even have a therapist do an online skin consultation and online DIY classes on how to look after skin.â€ť Hobson says a great at-home peel â€“ her favourite is Dermalogicaâ€™s Rapid Reveal Peel â€“ is one of the closest things you can get to a professional treatment. â€śYour skin will glow, it improves hydration, texture, discolouration and relieves breakouts. A good professional peel at home will improve the health of skin.â€ť