Keep sensitive skin stress-free

1 April 2020

Anyone with sensitive skin knows that stress and anxiety can cause flare-ups. So, with the uncertainty being caused by the Covid-19 crisis, those who suffer from conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis or overly dry skin, may be suffering a bit more than usual.

Why does this happen?

When you’re feeling anxious or experiencing a stressful situation, there are many things that happen in your body. For example, more cortisol – your body’s number one stress hormone – is produced, which sends a message to the glands in your skin telling them to produce more oil. This in turn affects your immune system’s ability to fight off sensitive skin breakouts. Stress can also play havoc with your sleep and eating patterns, which also affect the condition of your skin.

What can I do?

First, look at what is causing the stress and anxiety and see what you can do to make changes. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but even small steps can make a big difference to your skin. Adopting a positive attitude, getting some fresh air by going for a walk or run, adding more ‘super foods’ such as leafy greens and avocado to your diet, and developing techniques and strategies to calm your mind will all help.

In addition, look at the products you are putting on your skin. If any have the below ingredients, give them a miss:

• Alcohol – we’re not talking about the stuff you might enjoy a glass of on a Saturday night, but alcohols likes ethanol, methanol and isopropyl, which are used to make creams feel light, can cause skin to become overly dry.
• Synthetic fragrance – if a cream is heavily scented, it could mean it contains harsh chemicals which will irritate your skin.
• Parabens – these are preservatives which are used to increase the life of skincare products by preventing mould and bacteria from growing. On the label look out for the names butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben as these are all parabens.

Instead search for products that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, such as our fragrance free super hydrating moisturiser. Aloe vera helps cool, sooth and moisturise the skin. It’s extremely anti-inflammatory and contains vitamins A and C, antioxidants and enzymes making it one of the most amazing organic products available. Visit our online shop to see our full range and give your skin a treat.

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