It may be a shock to you that the skin is the largest organ in the body. So therefore it’s not really a surprise that our skin easily shows any sign of stress whether it be working too hard, tiredness, anxiety or too much partying –  the result is our skin will be dry, dull and suffer breakouts of acne and an uneven skin tone.

Here are some tips to stop stress from affecting your skin…

1) Zzz  Zzz Zzz

Sleep is the natural wonder drug when it comes to preventing stress from affecting your skin – beauty sleep is so called for a reason you know! The body repairs itself while we’re asleep, so… it’s time to take control of your sleep and make sure you are getting the recommended eight hours a night whenever possible. And don’t forget to take off your makeup before you go to bed!

Read more about the benefits of beauty sleep in our previous blog.

2) Relax

Time for relaxation should always be a priority, no matter how busy or stressed you are. This will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of stress. Even just finding a quiet place to close your eyes for a few minutes, slowing your breathing down will make a difference.

3) Up the ante on the exercise

Lack of exercise isn’t good news for your skin, so try and find some time to fit in exercise, which will help your skin cope with the stress you’re under. The best thing is it will get your circulation going and help your skin look brighter.

4) Nutrition SOS

Stressed = chocolate, carbs and sugary snacks. Sound familiar? But this won’t help your skin at all. In fact, bad nutrition will lead to breakouts and an uneven skin tone. Instead, aim to eat a balanced diet, with oily fish such as salmon, lean proteins, whole grains, fruit and vegetables – try to cut down on sugary and fat laden foods.

5) Have regular YOU time

Having time for ourselves is so important but can feel so difficult to fit in, especially if we have busy careers or a family (or both). Try and fit in some time to look after yourself and put yourself first, whether that be a bit of pampering or spending time with a close friend over a cuppa. It will pay dividends, as you’ll feel more relaxed and your poor skin will feel less stressed as a result.

Image: Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon (Flickr)

  • Want to try some relaxation techniques, but not sure where to start? This amazing post will help point you, and your breathing, in the right direction!

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