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Stress & your skin

Posted on September 03 2019

September signals the end of the summer for most, and with this our stress levels can increase, which can impact our skin.

While we soldier on and insist that we are completely fine, the more stressed we feel the more it shows on our skin — have you noticed that your skin is feeling irritated or more blemish prone?

Chemical reactions behind our anxieties can manifest in dull and sensitive skin, which in turn can make us more stressed!

While there is no magic solution to stress, there are steps you can take to slowly improve how you look and feel and to ease your way into September.

  1. Drink more water.

Staying hydrated is the easiest thing you can do to improve your wellbeing. Drinking 2-3 litres of water a day can not only help to clear and brighten your complexion, it can also help to boost your mood, reduce fatigue and prevent headaches.

Keep a reusable water bottle with you and drink from it throughout the day and try a cup of herbal tea before your morning coffee — you’ll be amazed at the difference this small habit can make!

  1. Get more sleep

I know it sounds so simple but we all know how elusive sleep can be when we’re stressed, no matter how exhausted we feel earlier in the day.

The key to a good night’s sleep is a good sleep routine; however doing non-sleep related activities in your bed or bedroom can make it harder to drift off when the time comes.

A good trick to train yourself to sleep better is to relax and unwind away from your bed until 8 hours before you know you need to wake up. After a few nights of this, your brain will come to associate your new bedtime with sleep and your internal body clock will reset according to your decided schedule.

  1. Take a walk

While a high-intensity super-sweaty workout is often chosen as a quick-win for fitness and wellbeing, this may not be the best choice if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

High-intensity exercise can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, hindering rather than helping your efforts to unwind; however that isn’t to say that exercise is a bad thing! Instead of a circuits class or treadmill sprints, try a low-intensity jog or a long walk. 

  1. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet

When you’re feeling stressed, your body releases chemicals that trigger inflammation in the body.

This is a natural response that is designed to help your immune system fight off illness, but if you’re naturally prone to skin conditions like eczema, this is the reason you may experience flares when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

To help reduce inflammation, a diet rich in antioxidant foods can help to calm your system from the inside out and boost your skin’s resilience.

  • Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Bright orange vitamin-a vegetables
  • Polyphenols from dark berries
  • Omega-rich foods.
Try some grilled salmon with roasted sweet potato and fresh spinach for dinner.
  1. Look for antioxidant ingredients in your skincare

To help speed up the skin-calming process, try to integrate skincare products that are packed with antioxidant ingredients.

Look for products containing:

  • Vitamin C to fight free-radical damage, boost skin-smoothing collagen production and fade pigmentation
  • Vitamin A to speed the cell-repair process
  • Vitamin E for a powerful antioxidant. It's known for its skin healing properties. 
You will find all of these powerful skin-soothing ingredients in Pretty Athletic’s Recovery Boost Cell Repair serum. A lightweight serum-oil, Recovery Boost supports and heals the skin’s natural barrier to boost resilience and moisturisation while you sleep so that you can wake up looking more rested than you feel!

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