Did you know that stress can take a toll on your complexion? It can because the skin is the largest organ in the body, so any type of stress can manifest in your skin. When stress kicks in it can increase cortisol levels which in turn increases inflammation. And inflammation can make your skin woes worse.
Signs of Stress in The Skin Barrier
- severe dryness
- irritation and itchiness
- stinging or burning sensations when applying products
- increased breakouts
- dark spots and pigmentation
- overall dullness to the complexion
If you’re using products with too many active ingredients or mixing the wrong ingredients, the skin won’t have time to heal and repair itself from the stress. The skin barrier needs nourishment and hydration to function at an optimal level. That’s why skin cycling makes sense for most people. Bringing your skincare routine back to basics plus eliminating any products with excess fragrance, colors, or dyes can do wonders for your glow.
What is Skin Cycling?
The classic skin cycling routine consists of a four-night schedule:
- 1st night: Exfoliate (helps prep your skin for the bakuchiol)
- 2nd night: Apply bakuchiol
- 3rd & 4th night (Recovery nights): focus on hydration and barrier repair.
- Once you finish the cycle, you repeat the process.
Skin cycling is not necessarily new. It’s common and is a well-known treatment protocol in dermatology. Regardless of what’s going on with your skin it may be a good time to give your skin a little break. Let your skin breathe as much as you can without heavy foundation for several hours. Find products that bring you a little joy.
8 Ways to Fix Stressed Skin
The best way to fix stressed skin, of course, is to get away from the stress. That’s not always possible, however, so while you’re working to make your life a little calmer, try these stress-relieving tips.
1. Indulge in Relaxing Daily Activities
Find a daily activity like listening to calming music or taking a warm bath and lighting Pure Fiji’s Coconut Wax Candles. Escape with our exotic infusions reminiscent of tropical island breezes with this delightful coconut wax candle.
2. Prioritize Self-Care
Stress often encourages us to engage in unhealthy habits like eating junk food and sitting on the couch all night. Give yourself a break each day—apply a hydrating mask, go for a walk, read a good book, try pickleball, etc.
3. Address Stress Rashes
Stress rashes often affect people who have underlying skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea, or allergies caused by environmental triggers, such as pollen, animal dander, or certain foods. Some people can develop rashes from sunlight or weather changes. Even without an underlying condition, it’s possible to develop a stress rash.
How to care for your rash:
- When you wash your skin, use warm water instead of hot water.
- When drying your skin, never rub, always pat it dry.
- Always let the rash breathe as much as possible – don’t cover it with clothing for long periods of time.
If you experience body rash, spray the affected area with Pure Fiji Dilo Rescue Body Spray – it will help to soothe and hydrate the skin for 24 hours.
4. Stay Hydrated
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re stressed out. Every time you notice that you’re feeling stressed, drink a glass of water. In this way, you’ll train your brain to drink more when you’re stressed, rather than less, which will help your skin look better.
5. Sip Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is a good way to help soothe symptoms of anxiety. A cup of chamomile tea can help you to relax and unwind.
6. Maintain Your Skincare Routine
So much is going on, you may be tempted to skip your regular skincare routine. This is a horrible idea, as it can set you up for more skin problems later. Instead, see your skincare time as “me time.” Use it to relax and take good care of yourself, and you’ll be happy you did.
7. Give Your Skin Extra TLC
In addition to maintaining your regular skincare routine, give your skin a massage using gua sha in the morning or at night before bed. It is a great healing tool for anxiety and insomnia. It helps ease stress and tension; it relaxes your muscles, creating a moment of grouping and self-awareness.
8. Be Cautious with New Products
Your skin is stressed out, which means it may be more reactive to certain ingredients in any new products that you try. Introduce one product at a time. This way, you'll be able to see what each product is doing to your skin. Isolate each new addition by waiting a month between introducing anything else.
Stress comes in many forms, whether it’s the environment, psychological, or physical which is one of the most common triggers for skin issues. Take care of yourself by exercising, eating smart, getting eight hours of sleep and making sure you have a good skin care routine using Pure Fiji’s natural skincare products.