Stress & The Skin

Between crazy-busy times at work, managing your finances, coping with a challenging relationship or raising and disciplining your kids, life can sometimes feel overwhelming. And the proof may be showing up all over your face.

While a little stress is ok, too much of it can wear you down. But here’s the thing: stress doesn’t just put a damper on your day and zap your energy. It can also ruin your complexion. When you are tense, your brain releases cortisol, a stress hormone, into your bloodstream. This can cause breakouts, blemishes, puffy eyes and dark circles, dry skin, and even rashes on the skin. Also, besides causing lines from furrowing your brow, stress also makes you look markedly older.

So if stress is keeping you from that gorgeous skin you crave, don’t fret as we’ve got you covered with the best skin care advice to treat stressed out skin and get back its brilliance, as well as effective ways to de-stress.

How to care for stressed out skin

Since stress effects everyone’s skin differently, the first step is to note how your face reacts during a stressful period.


Dry skin? Stress could be to blame as it interferes with the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

So, if you’ve been dealing with more stress than usual – and it shows - try products with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Studies have revealed that the amount of hyaluronic acid found in the dermis starts to diminish as early as our forties.

This loss, along with a compromised barrier layer and the reduction of lipids in the epidermis results in an inefficient ability to retain water. This makes it the primary cause of dehydration and loss of elasticity in ageing skin.

Luckily, using moisturisers with these key ingredients can alleviate this problem. Both HealGel Face and Eye contain a triple phase hyaluronic acid complex that can aid in the production of collagen and elastin. These will help hydrate and lubricate the skin, improving not only the appearance of the skin, but also its ability to function as a natural shield against toxins and irritants.

Redness and puffiness

When you’re stressed, your blood flow increases. This causes capillaries to expand and can lead to redness of the skin.

Our HealGel Intensive has been expertly created to repair stressed skin. One of the key ingredients - madecassoside - helps reduce redness, irritation and puffiness, while providing necessary moisture. Use this whenever you’re dealing with redness or irritation of the skin.


Did you know that we already lose 1% of our skin’s collagen supply every year after we hit age 20? What you probably didn’t know is that stress can accelerate that. So, if you want to ensure your skin stays smoother for longer, try to mimise stress. Try using an anti-ageing rescue formula like HealGel Face to restore skin elasticity and reduce depth of wrinkles.  

Tips on how to de-stress

Stress-related skin issues need to be treated not just from the outside, but also from the inside. Start by determining what it is exactly that is stressing you out, and then take the necessary steps to lower your stress levels.

Are you getting enough sleep, getting some sunshine, drinking enough water, eating healthy, and generally taking care of yourself? These things can help lower stress-hormone production, which translates directly into naturally-glowing skin and better health.

Following are a few more things you can do to de-stress:

Get a good night’s rest. When you don’t get enough rest, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which break down collagen, the protein that keeps your skin elastic and smooth. So make sure you get enough zzz’s (aim for seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep) as this will not only make you feel energised but it will also help you wake up to better skin.

Avoid junk food. When we’re stressed, it’s easy to cave in to comfort food cravings. The bad news is that these can cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can lead to inflammation of the skin. So instead try to fill up on natural antioxidants, such as fresh fruits and veggies, and imega-3 fatty acid-rich proteins, like wild salmon. It’s true what they say: beauty really does come from the inside out.

Don’t forget to exercise. Exercise decreases tension, boosts circulation and keeps inflammation in check. So try to free up some time as often as you can to take long walks, do some yoga or go to dance classes to de-stress.

Don’t neglect your skin routine. If you’re overwhelmed with what seems like a never-ending to-do list, you might not take as much care of yourself. You may find yourself going to bed with your makeup on, forgetting to moisturize or even indulging in bad habits like picking at your skin. This can really harm your complexion. Our advice? Plan a little self-care, even in times of stress. Sticking to a simple, nurturing skin routine can help preserve your complexion, even in the eye of a (stress) storm.

If you're proactive about managing your stress, your skin will be happier, which means you will be happier.


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