How Does Stress Impact Our Skin? (2 MIN. READING)

In a world that's constantly changing and accelerating, it's crucial to find time for rest and self-care. Stress, often an integral part of our lives, significantly impacts not only our psyche but also manifests in various physical symptoms. As the year ends, many of us face a challenging period, so let's step into the new year recharged, with peace in our hearts.

How does stress affect our body? Stress stimulates the production of a hormone known as cortisol, commonly referred to as the “stress hormone”. Cortisol is designed to help us cope with short-term stress, but its prolonged presence can have adverse effects. One such effect is the deterioration of our skin's condition. Excessive cortisol production can lead to increased sebum production in our skin, causing acne, inflammation, and other skin issues. Dealing with clogged pores becomes a daily struggle during more stressful times. Additionally, excessive cortisol can slow down the healing process, reduce the skin's ability to stay hydrated, and accelerate aging. High cortisol levels damage beneficial substances and proteins in the body, particularly hindering the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for firm and elastic skin. Consequently, this can lead to fine lines and wrinkles appearing earlier than usual. The impact varies depending on your skin type's susceptibility. While short-term stress might positively stimulate certain bodily processes, unfortunately, long-term chronic stress brings no positive effects, rather the contrary. Hence, learning to cope with stress is essential.

In today's hectic world, finding time for relaxation and self-care is particularly important. Skincare is not just about external beauty, but also about inner peace and harmony. Skincare rituals, such as cleansing, hydrating, and nourishing, are beneficial for our skin and help us slow down and focus on the present moment. Everyone is rushing nowadays, and a performance and results-oriented era does not contribute to tranquility and harmony. Each person copes with stress differently, but everyone should regularly prescribe themselves some rest.

To reduce stress, relaxation and sports activities can be helpful, especially for those who prefer active rest. Consider getting a massage, or create harmony at home. Light a candle, sit quietly at a peaceful spot, and meditate for a while. The internet offers many guided relaxation exercises that can help calm both body and mind. Incorporating walks in the fresh air is also beneficial; just breathing fresh air and oxygenating the brain helps reduce cortisol levels. Any physical activity, whether it's running, boxing, ball sports, or swimming, can improve the connection between mind and body. For outdoor sports, remember to properly hydrate your skin, protect it from wind in the winter, and use SPF creams in the summer to guard against the sun. If you prefer swimming in pools, bear in mind that chlorinated water can dry out your skin, don't underestimate hydration here either.

Remember, taking care of ourselves is not a luxury, but a necessity, even if it may not seem so. If you're feeling nervous about something right now, ask yourself whether it will still be important in 5 or 10 years. If not, it's not worth the stress. Focus only on things we can influence and let the rest flow. If we can't change a situation, either come to terms with it or find a way to leave it timely. Good planning and note-taking can also help limit stress, after all, we can't keep everything in our heads. You'll find that having important meetings and activities written down in one place can provide relief.

Reclar cosmetics are created with the needs of the skin in today's busy world in mind. Koreans are known for their hard work and perfectionism, which is why the peeler device is designed to save you as much time as possible while achieving maximum results. Skincare rituals will take just a few minutes of your day. And these moments can be savored as caring minutes, when you won't have to think about anything else.