Impact of stress on the skin

Impact of stress on the skin

Don’t stress yourself out, they say, making you roll your eyes, because how can one not? Infact, it is absolutely normal to feel stressed from time to time and in the right amounts, it can be good for the body. It can serve as a motivator to attain your daily goals and challenges, helping you live a life that enables you to grow into a smarter, wiser and healthier person.

It’s when stress levels get out of hand, making it difficult for you to function, that it becomes a problem. Unregulated stress levels can contribute to health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity and several skin problems. 

For example, you tend to break out more when you are stressed. Your body releases hormones such as cortisol when you feel anxious and stressed out. High levels of cortisol result in the production of excessive oil, causing the skin to break. 

Also, when we are stressed, many of us tend to pick and pop our pimples without even realizing that we are doing it. This picking at the skin not only makes the breakouts worse but it also increases inflammation and exposes the skin to bacteria that can cause infection, leading to scarring. 

If you’re interested to know more about the impact of stress on the skin, and how you can manage it to attain clearer skin, keep on reading!

  • Rashes and hives: Stress not only causes skin problems, it also triggers the already existing skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also cause rashes and hives which are red, bumpy areas on the skin and can be very itchy and uncomfortable.

  • Flaky and dry skin due to dehydration: When people are stressed, they often forget to drink enough water. In order to keep themselves going, they end up drinking countless cups of coffee and tea. However, neither of these two can substitute water and not drinking enough of it leads to dehydration and causes the skin to become dry and flaky.

  • Premature wrinkles: Stress causes the skin to lose its elasticity as it causes changes to the protein of the skin. The loss of elasticity leads to the formation of wrinkles. And let me tell you, that is not an attractive look!

  • Under eye bags: Many individuals face problems with sleeping when they are stressed or going through depression. The lack of sleep takes a toll on our skin and body. Research has shown that stress caused by lack of sleep increases signs of aging such as wrinkles, pigmentation and fine lines. Not to forget those under eye bags!

  • How to manage stressed skin?

    Just because you are stressed or feeling low does not mean that you should let yourself go and not take care of your skin and body. Infact, taking care of your skin by indulging in a skincare routine might just help you manage your stress better by helping you unwind, and de-stress after an overwhelming day. 

    Continue reading to find out how you can manage your stress levels to keep your skin looking fresh and young.

    • Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! According to research, if you are experiencing high levels of stress, the adrenal glands can become weak, making you more prone to dehydration. Your skin not only suffers from the effects of stress but also dehydration which causes the skin to break out, dark under eye bags and also changes the skin color to a more greyish tone. It is highly encouraged to drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day, especially during the days when you are stressed.

    • Don’t skip your skin care routine: You might skip your skin care routine or take shortcuts, like removing your makeup with just face wipes or skipping some steps of your skin care routine just because you are not motivated enough to do anything, least of all skincare. But that is not the way to go about it. It’s extremely important to take care of your skin, especially when you're stressed out because that’s when it’s more prone to acne and breakouts. So take your time doing each step, and let it have a therapeutic effect on your skin and also your mind. 

    • Use gentle and calming skincare products: Just when your skin is most stressed and agitated, using products with harsh chemicals on it can aggravate it further. Therefore, try to steer clear of any makeup when your skin’s acting up, and instead treat it with gentle, soothing and calming skincare solutions like the Leovard products. The Leovard Multicream is especially wonderful in this regard with healing, soothing and nourishing ingredients like lavender, chamomile and green tea. These ingredients help to alleviate any inflammation and redness, giving your skin the care and pampering it deserves. 

    • Meditate: Try to include stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga into your lifestyle. Meditation helps in reducing stress levels and also increases the oxygen intake of the body. Taking fifteen minutes from your day to just sit still and focus on your breathing can make a huge difference, making you feel less stressed and also lessen the effects of stress on the skin, giving it a radiant glow. 


    Stress and its impact on the skin are extremely normal. However, taking pre-emptive measures to manage stress and reducing its negative impacts will enable you to enjoy smoother, clearer and beautiful skin. And that’s what we hope to help you achieve with the Leovard skincare products.

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