Have you ever stopped to think how the stress in your everyday life impacts the way you look? Believe it or not, it can show signs on your face and body in ways you never thought of and it can make you look older than you actually are. Most of the daily activities put a certain amount of pressure on you and the most tensed situations can significantly damage your looks, so you should be more careful how you manage the stress and prevent it from affecting you.
Stress can cause the under-eye bags
The daily concerns, the work impossible deadlines or an important even that is about to take place can keep you from getting enough rest at night, which causes the unpleasant under-eye bags. Not sleeping enough thins the skin under your lower lid and makes fluid collect in that area, resulting in eye bags that make you look tired.
Your skin can suffer from stress in many ways
The biggest damage stress makes is to your skin that can be affected in more than way ways. First of all, your skin can become dry because stressful situations keep you from drinking water and force you to resort to beverages like coffee or energy drinks that remove water from your body. Stress can also trigger acne breakouts due to the releases of cortisol in your body, which is the stress hormone. You could also experience rashes, irritations, eczema, and itchiness based on stress.
Fine lines and wrinkles are a result of stress
Stressful situations can leave marks on your face and you might notice some new fine lines and wrinkles that you didn’t have before. The cortisol that is released can accelerate the blood pressure and breakdown the collagen in the skin, causing it to lose its elasticity. This keeps the skin from repairing itself so the wrinkles appear at an early age.
Stress can make your hair fall and become gray
Your hair also suffers because of stress and it can start to fall in large amounts prematurely. Stress sends the hair follicle into a stage of rest which keeps it from growing for about three months, ending in massive hair loss after this period of time. This means that the hair loss can occur three months after the stressful event so you need to look back and see what might have caused your hair loss.
What can be done to avoid stress?
To avoid the unpleasant effects of stress on your looks, it’s best to cope with it through relaxing and entertaining activities that will regulate your body hormones and will soothe your senses. Massage is known as an excellent way of relaxing your body because it eliminates the tension in the muscles and improves blood circulation. A massage chair can be your best ally in fighting stress since it can offer you a relaxing massage any time you need one.