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Is stress a factor in your beauty?

by timetospa October 3, 2013
Is stress a factor in your beauty?

The effects of stress can take a serious toll on not only your state of mind, but also your health and body. It doesn't matter if it stems from work, personal relationships or simply getting stuck in morning traffic on your way to work - mental pressure produces major changes in your body. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, stress triggers your sebaceous gland, causing it to produce more cortisol and other hormones that lead to extra oils on your skin. These oils end up trapping beneath your skin, forming unwanted breakouts, cold sores and overall skin damage. 

The next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, protect yourself and yourself with these beauty tips and skincare solutions.

Damage control
Stress can do a number on your skin - typically in the form of pesky blemishes that exacerbate due to inflammation of the sebaceous gland. Unfortunately, once the acne appears, it might be harder to get rid of than the stressors in your life. Keep stress-induced acne under control by washing your face at least once a day with a gentle cleanser, and blot your hairline and face with a soft pad throughout the day to remove the excess oils from your skin. 

Targeting your breakouts with spot-treating creams like Bliss No Zit Sherlock Treatment  can help shrink blemishes and clear clogged pores in a more direct way. Fast-working zit-blasting creams with salicylic acid work best to combat breakouts. 

Take cover
Studies have shown that having more stress in your life can increase your risk of skin cancer and cause it to spread quicker throughout your body, according to the Style List. Make sure to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 protection, such as the Bliss Fabulous Everyday Face Lotion, every day. Drying out your skin leads to more production of oils, so sunscreen that doubles as a moisturizer helps to hydrate skin so that it looks fresh and smooth. 

Right on schedule
Combat the effects of stress on your skin and body by keeping yourself on a healthy schedule. Stress can lower your immune system and trigger skin infections such as cold sores and blisters, so try to sleep between seven and eight hours each night to rejuvenate.

Don't be afraid to take a break - devoting just 10 minutes to yourself in between your overwhelming workload can help soothe both your mind and pores.

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