There are a lot of things that can take a toll on our skin, and time and stress are two of them. While we can’t do anything about the passage of time, we can try and do as much as possible to manage our stress levels. The following are just some of the skin problems that may arise due to age and stress, what you can do to help decrease their appearance, and how you can help try to get your stress levels under control.
Dark circles and puffy eyes
There are several things that could lead to dark circles and puffy eyes, and a lack of sleep is one of them which tends to happen when you’re severely stressed. Sleeping on your back and putting cool spoons on your eyes in the morning are two methods that may be able to help decrease the dark circles and puffiness, but another option is to try improving your quality of sleep. A few hours (at least) before going to bed, don’t have stressful conversations, avoid looking at bills or other financial obligations, and make a to-do list so you’re not going to bed worrying that you’re going to forget to do something the next day.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles tend to make an appearance as we age, and while we can take preventative measures to try to keep them from happening, there’s only so much we can do. However, did you know that stress could lead to wrinkles? If you find yourself doing all-too-common facial expressions (think furrowing your brow) when you’re stressed, repeatedly doing them could lead to fine lines and wrinkles forming as a result. In addition to decreasing your stress levels, you can try and be more conscious of the expressions that you’re making when you’re stressed. It will take quite a bit of effort, but the results can be worth it.
Dry and flaky skin
Being stressed could lead to dry and flaky skin, and in some, it could also happen as a result of aging. In addition to trying to stress less, there are a few things you can do on a daily basis to help prevent dry and flaky skin. For example, you can stop using hot water when you shower and wash your face and body with lukewarm water instead. Additionally, you can change up your moisturizers by using a lightweight one in the warmer months and a heavier one in the colder months, and you can use products that are gentle and fragrance-free.
Now that you know just some of the ways to help decrease and prevent some of the signs of time and stress on your skin, all that’s left to do is implement some positive changes into your skincare routine. If you have any specific questions or concerns, the best person to answer them is your dermatologist who can come up with a plan that’s tailored to your skin. Don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appointment; the sooner you do, the sooner your concerns will be addressed.