As we stay in our homes to help flatten the curve of the Coronavirus, navigating our skincare routines and helping lower the impact of stress on our skin for the next few weeks may not be the most important aspect of the current pandemic – but it is something positive to focus on, and our future selves will thank us for it.
Stress levels can seriously impact your skin, exacerbating existing skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, and causing side effects like dry patches, breakouts, and dull, lacklustre skin. Of course, everyone’s body and skin will react to stress in different ways, as we all have different genetic makeups, but there are things we can do to help our skin during this time. Over the next four weeks, we will be bringing you a series of blogs on how to combat the effects stress has on your skin; covering inflammation, hydration, hormones, and breakouts.
Our skin can’t tell the difference between types of stress, be it physical, emotional, psychological, or environmental. But the good news is, acute stress, which is what most of us are experiencing at the moment, is less detrimental to your skin health compared to chronic prolonged stress. The longer you endure stress, the more it takes a toll on your skin. Here’s your guide to combating the effects of stress on your skin during the lockdown.
There is a powerful and deep connection between the skin, mind and digestive system. When our mind perceives stress, it can slow down digestion, and when your digestion slows, it can affect the bacteria in your gut. This causes an overgrowth of unhealthy strains of bacteria, disrupting the natural balance of gut microbes, leading to something called dysbiosis. This, in turn, causes the lining of your intestines to become ‘leaky,’ or more permeable, which triggers a bodywide cascade of inflammation.
Internal inflammation can trigger several skin conditions, especially if you are genetically predisposed to something. You may find your skin breaking out in acne or experience flare-ups of psoriasis or eczema when you’re under stress. During stressful times your body thinks it’s under attack and reacts by forming inflammatory markers or inflammatory cells to help treat that attack, these increased numbers of inflammatory cells are what cause your skin to react in different ways.
So, what can you do to help reduce inflammation and improve your digestion at the moment? Eat real food, nutrient-dense, unprocessed and as close to nature as possible. There are also two amazing ingredients that are likely to be sitting in your cupboard which can help reduce inflammation. Ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help decrease pain and protect against disease. Ginger and turmeric are two of the most extensively studied ingredients in herbal medicine, and both have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, ranging from migraines to chronic inflammation and fatigue. Our Skin Expert Sharma’s anti-inflammatory tea recipe above is one way of getting them both into your diet!
If you have been neglecting your digestion or feeling under stress for a prolonged time you also might need a bit more help to get everything back in balance - our go-to is Regul8™ Digestive Tune-Up. This 3 step supplement program can go for 20-days, and for those who have prolonged gut issues anywhere from 40-90 days. Once you complete the tune-up, all you need to do is top up your good bacteria with the Maintain supplement.
Debbie Dickson, Founder and Formulator of Regul8™ says gut flora is crucial for digestive health and wellbeing as they provide a variety of functions including nutrient absorption and assimilation, vitamin production, digestion of sugars, proteins and hormonal signalling. They also prevent colds, flu, and yeast infections, decrease inflammation, breakdown and rebuild hormones, and bile acids to help with optimal body composition. They even improve heart health! Learn more about Regul8™ here.
Investing some time while you are on lockdown into your diet and nutrition will not only have an overall benefit on how you feel but also how you look.