How Stress Can Affect Your Skin

StressedStress in unavoidable and I doubt that there is someone who are not stressed, even for a couple of minutes. Deadlines, work pressure, and having not much time can produce stress and being in the state chronically can put your health at significant risk, starting with your skin. Read on to find out how stress can affect negatively to your skin.

On the hindsight, stress is not that bad; manageable stress can give you a little bit of adrenaline rush, keeps you alert, mentally active, as well as creating general excitement as you’re pushing within yourself (imagine the feeling of satisfaction you’d get after getting the work done).

However, too much stress is not good as being overwhelmed makes you anxious and your mind in constant strain and your skin suffers it first hand. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are typically released during stress levels, needed to prime your body for instant action.

As soon as the first signs of stress starts, stress-related hormones released will cause the blood vessel to constrict, leading to poor circulation throughout the body. This will in turn cause lack of adequate oxygen and blood supply to the skin, making the skin’s surface flaky and prone to irritation (now you know why you tend to get big zits if you’re under pressure).

Plus, too much of cortisol produced (during fight-or-flight action) will break the healthy skin barrier, causing moisture to seep out from the skin, making them dry and lifeless. And cortisol will cause free radicals buildup, that speeds up premature aging.

If you already have skin concerns such as psoriasis and eczema, being under stress will only worsen the condition.

As it happens with chronic stress, your breathing tends to be shallow and quicker, reducing the amount of oxygen to be carried into the bloodstream – hence your skin looks grey, dull, and lacking a youthful glow. Being in a constant state of stress can also accelerate aging process – you’ll look older than your age. Wrinkles and tension are likely to form on the forehead, eyes, and mouth as during stress they tend to frown.

Another scary story that you might want to know, too much of stress will also make you more vulnerable to skin cancer. As a study made by Yale University, melanoma patients tend to lead years of stressful life leading up to the diagnosis of the disease, likely due to constant immunity suppressed as commonly happen with stress.

Definitely not a good picture being in stress at all times. Keep this fact in mind whenever you’re beginning to start to get stressed and pick one or two healthier alternatives to manage your problems and difficulties. This information was collected from this skin topics blog.

Banish Unsightly Veins for good

wrinkleApart from fine lines and wrinkles, other aging skin woes that we tend to overlook are the unsightly (to put it mildly as it can be humiliating) tiny veins seen right under the skin surfaces. How to make these red lines go away/ read on to find out more.

A lot of factors can be the causes of these exposed capillaries and until ow doctors are still a bit clueless to know why. Also known as ‘spotting’, possible factors include genetics, carrying extra weight (yep, pregnant also counts), female hormones (getting too much or simply imbalances) – which meant ladies are more susceptible; using too much of skin thinning products (such as chemical peels, AHAs products), drinking alcohol too much, or even imply you sunbathed too much.

All in all, it’s all attributed to weakening skin (particularly collagen) that causes the veins to stay open, which cause the blood flow to the face and appearing more obvious than usual.

Don’t fret, there are ways to reduce the appearance and prevent them from happening again in the future (think about how thick a concealer would you need to cover the veins). For a start, you can start by including foods that help to solve the unsightly problems. Grapes and billberries are good sources of anthocyanins as it works to repair and strengthen blood capillaries. Vitamin E is also beneficial to for the protection of cell membranes and tissues.

As collagen is also affected in broken veins, load up with Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits and blackcurrants to build and repair broken ones for a stronger skin (plus you get our skin glowing too!).

Prevent the blood to spread out on the face by getting plenty of leafy veggies and milk as they’re packed with vitamin K.

And of course, try to reduce daily habits as your skin is a bit vulnerable to spidey veins. For example, wash your face with either lukewarm or cool water; extreme temperature can dry out the skin and triggering thread veins to appear (yikes!). As for weekly scrub, do it once a week with a very gentle motion.

If you prefer a quicker result, why not give it a go to a treatment called VeinGogh, designed to reduce the appearance of these veins (particularly on the face, all skin types and color). And the good thing is, the treatment is quite painless with virtually no minuimum downtime.

VeinGogh treatment involves using a stylus coupled with superfine needle o deliver short bursts of energy pulse, directly to the affected skin, causing the targeted veins to collapse – a process known as Thermo-Coagulation.

In short, it is possible to reduce the appearance of these spidey veins from the face (even in the body as well). Give it a try, you will definitely be more confident once the red lines disappear for good.

Beauty Tips for Mature Woman

4 Simple, Yet Essential Beauty Tips Specially Made For Mature Women

mature-womenLong ago when you followed skin care tips religiously because it’s available practically everywhere during your younger years, especially from your family and friends. Not so much when you get older, I suppose; mainly because of the fact that mature skin can be kind of fragile and can be a complicated to care as you need to pay extra attention to address certain skin issues.

Despite what you might think, it’s not a good idea to follow the same skin care routine that you used to do when you’re young. Mature skin are not as strong  as it used to be so it’s possible to develop skin issues (worse, adding more skin problems that you’ve been having) such as rashes, dryness, as well as thinning of the skin.

Other changes include the inability for your skin to recover as rapidly as before. Your skin is also vulnerable to lose the thin layer of fat (right underneath the top skin’s surfaces), hence making the skin drier than usual. Plus, your skin also becoming less active to renew itself and don’t get me started talking about the wrinkles and skin sagging that you’ll be having.

Before you start to get depressed; fear not as these beauty tips is what you should do to age gracefully and beautifully.

Protection is the key and I could not stress this enough; wearing sunscreen (correctly) is important. Sunrays-related damage tops the list as the main factor that causes your skin to age. UV rays penetrate into your skin, forming free radicals along the way that zap up the cells to cause havoc in your system.

Just like when you’re young, using skin care products tailored specifically to your skin type is essential but keep in mind; as you age, your skin type can be different. Test yourself again and choose products for the new skin type.

As aging skin don’t renew themselves as they actively do, regular exfoliation (both face and body) is vital to ensure looking radiant as always (plus, truly bare skin is more acceptable to beauty creams you’ll be applying).

Wrinkles are something that is extremely hard to avoid and this skin woe needs to be treated pronto – I recommend a good dose of Retinol cream (a vitamin A derivative, comes in variable concentrations) to ease these wrinkles for good. For best results, it’s better to seek dermatologists so you’ll know the strength of the cream suitable for your case.

Even if you tend to neglect skin care routine during your younger years, i can assure you with these tips it’s still possible for you to save your skin and still looking good, as always.