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October 17, 2021 2 min read

Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.

If you, have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed, this is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil.

Stress can also:

Make skin problems worse. For example, stress can aggravate psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It can also cause hives and other types of skin rashes.
It can also be stressful to have problems with your skin. Some people feel so bad about how it looks that they keep to themselves, which adds more stress.

Does stress age me?

Smoking, UV exposure, lack of sleep and high stress levels as well as not eating well will all accelerates the breakdown of collagen or impede new collagen production. Stress increases cortisol in the body. I recommend starting a good skin routine in your early 20s but make it simple so that you can continue with it.
Prevention is key! Sunscreen all day every day. Excellent skincare including vitamin C, retinol, and antioxidants. Good nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress management are equally important.

Good skin is a result of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Genetics, including skin type is something we cannot control. It is thought however that only a small percent of ageing factors has a genetic background. Moreover, there are a host of things we can control.

For instance, good diet/hydration, sleep, exercise, maintaining low stress levels, social (smoking/drinking/drug abuse), and of course skincare.

I personally am a big fan of eating our nutrients rather than using oral supplements but if you cannot manage a wholesome diet filled with fruits, veggies, and healthy fats, then supplements can be helpful.

Sleeping well is very important to the skins natural ability to restore itself. Beauty sleep is not a myth!

Exercise can help eliminate toxins from the body, improve circulation and decrease stress levels. Smoking is one of the fastest ways to age the skin, drinking can decrease circulation and increase puffiness, disrupt sleep, and dehydrate the skin.

Skincare is important. Protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays are critical with a broad spectrum SPF daily, rain or shine. Skincare is important to help reveal, enhance and protect the skin. I recommend everyone to exfoliate gently once or twice twice a week, be careful with physical exfoliants. Use antioxidants and protect the skin from UV every day. Look for combined antioxidants. 
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Free Simply Clean wash kit. 
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