The beauty we have inside is more important than how we look from the outside. Yet the world is obsessed with looking good. And for that, we use thousands of products daily hoping that it will make us feel and look beautiful.
But in all this we can forget that to truly look radiant and have a healthy body and look beautiful, we need to leave stress behind. Stress is one of the main factors affecting beauty for almost everyone. To some extent, looking good makes us feel confident. If you really want your skin to glow and your hair to shine, you need to find the sources of stress in your life and minimize them. Anxiety and tension are some of the biggest factors that can make us susceptible to disease and poor health. When you are in a high stress mode, your body releases cortisol hormone, which can be harmful in sustain doses. In this blog, we will understand how stress affects our beauty.
1. The Effect of Stress on Nails
Having a lot of stress can weaken your nails. If you want healthy nails, you need minerals like biotin, zinc, iron, and so on and vitamins too. But stress makes us absorb less of these things which can weaken our nails. Moreover, when under stress many people tend to bite or rub or chew their nails, which again makes them look disfigured and weak.
2. The Effect of Stress on Skin
Skin is the largest organ of our body, and we take the least care of it. Cortisol secretion can take away the skin’s ability to retain water and repair itself. When its level’s increase, the levels of estrogen decrease, leading to less moisture and collagen in the body which can create dry and dull skin.
Due to stress, our bodies produce adrenaline, which decreases the blood flow to the skin. This leads to less radiance on our facial skin as the supply of oxygen and nutrients decreases. Also, too much stress can make us break out, especially on our faces. Acne, wrinkles, and fine-lines can be side-effects of stress too.
3. The Effect of Stress on Hair
Beautiful, long, shimmering hair is a dream we all share. But stress affects your hair too. It breaks, it grays, and your scalp dries out leading to dandruff and so on. Stress also causes telogen effluvium, a condition in which a large amount of hair follicles go into the resting phase. Thus, affected hair falls out. Alopecia areata, which causes hair loss, is also due to stress.
4. The Effect of Stress on Teeth
When we are under stress, we tend to grind or clench our teeth a lot, especially while sleeping. It can cause pain in the joints and muscles of the face and body. It also leads to severe headaches or neck and back pain. It is known as TMD. Chronic TMD can lead to severe problems like sleep apnea too.
5. The Effect of Stress on Eyes
Beautiful eyes add a different charm to our face and beauty. But stress affects them too. When you are stressed, you sleep less and sleep is important for our skin to repair itself. Less sleep means puffy or tired eyes and getting dark-circles or bags beneath the eyes.
Ways to Ease the Effects of Stress
Let’s look at some ways that can help us reduce the stress on our skin.
- Get regular exercise: Exercising daily and doing face yoga can help relieve your stress and make your body stay in shape. It also keeps away wrinkles and makes your face glow.
- Surround yourself with a positive environment: When you have positive thoughts, you are immediately stress-free and you glow. One way to surround yourself with positivity is hanging motivational posters in your room. Use Canva to design your poster.
- Get that makeup off: No matter how tired you are, make sure you wash your face in the evening and get rid of all makeup. Don’t stress your skin, and sleeping in makeup is stressful for the skin.
- Use a silk pillowcase: Sleeping for 7-8 hours each night is essential, and sleeping on a silk pillowcase is better for your skin and your hair.
Stress is a trigger for various serious ailments and your skin suffers a lot too because of stress. Stress can help us thrive in a life-threatening situation, but if stress builds up about small things like a meeting or a guest coming over, you are in big trouble. Focus on reducing stress in all aspects of your life so you can look and feel beautiful.
Kavita is an Outreach Specialist and Content Writer. When not glued to her laptop, she can be found making travel plans that rarely happen :wink:. Connect with Kavita on Twitter @dreamerkavita