It’s holiday season – how has your stress levels affected your skin?

Singapore ranks amongst the top most stressful countries in the world, this isn’t news to most of us. Add on the joys of pre-holiday season multi-tasking (running around for Christmas shopping, party planning and/or children holiday activities anyone?) and you probably find yourself with duller looking skin. Or breaking out in a most unbecoming way. Chances are you have Super Stressed Skin (SSS). It’s a real thing!

As our brain and skin are intimately connected, higher levels of stress impact your skin. Here’s why:

It reduces your skin’s barrier function, making it more sensitive to external aggression and reducing its ability to retain moisture. This mean your skin gets dehydrated and will be much more sensitive! Stress also increases the level of cortisol hormones in your body, which stimulates sebum production, leading to break outs if you are acne prone or exacerbating pre-existing skin conditions like eczema. To top it all off stress also reduces blood circulation to the skin (your brain is in survival mode after all), leading to duller skin tone.

TLDR: Stress will leave your skin dehydrated, sensitive, more prone to breakouts and dull your complexion.

So, what can we do to deal with SSS?

Alcheme has compiled 6 tips and tricks for you to use this festive season, read on!

Tip #1 Consistency is Key

Stressed skin is fragile and more prone to breakouts so you have to be consistent in your skincare routine. Gently cleanse and apply your skincare. Twice a day. No compromise.

Tip #2 Drink more water & Give extra moisture to your skin 

For normal or dry skin, your skin might be feeling tight under stress.
If you have an oily or combination skin, you might actually feel it is oilier.

Strangely, these two symptoms have the same root cause: your skin is low on hydration due to reduced barrier function. A dry skin will feel tight, an oily one will be left with a surplus of sebum and feel… oilier. In both cases, apply a hydrating mask to give extra moisture to your skin. Alternatively, apply your emulsion / cream in a thicker layer than usual at night time.

Tip #3 Find the right confidant and talk away the stress

It’s important to address the root of the problem and a good way to do that is to find an outlet for your stress. Find someone that you trust to talk things out and your stress levels will reduce, over time.

Tip #4 Limit your high sugar / high fat snacks intake 

Stress (or to be more exact cortisone) triggers an urge for high sugar / high fat snacks. The problem with these comfort foods is that it will also increase sebum production and inflammation. Control your intake by portioning out your serving or limiting the frequency (and we know it is easier said than done).

Tip #5 Go for shorter, easier sessions to maintain frequency

With a low energy level, adding exercise to your overstretched schedule might be daunting. In this case go for shorter, easier sessions. Less is better than none, it does not need to be scheduled, formal exercise. It could just be getting off your bus one stop earlier and walking the extra distance home. Or taking the stairs instead of the lift.

Tip #6 Keep Trying

Some tips might seem more feasible than others. I, for one, can’t control my chips intake (and when I get to the bottom of my small bowl, I just get up for a refill). The final trick is to keep trying, knowing that there will be light is at the end of the tunnel.

If all else fails: Alcheme’s Moringa seed extract helps reduce the impact of skin stress by offering anti oxidant and anti inflammation properties.

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