The negative effects of stress on your looks

Stress happens to everyone, but since you can’t avoid your job, bills, or life, the best thing to do is learn to manage the stress. This includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general. If you don’t, signs of stress can show up on your hair, skin, and nails in ways you won’t like. Read on to learn about some negative effects that stress has on your appearance.


Under-Eye Bags:

Tomorrow’s to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.


Dry, Flaky Skin:

If you’re stressed, chances are you’re not drinking enough water. You might also be drinking coffee or soda, which can be dehydrating. And if your body doesn’t get the proper hydration it needs, your skin will end up feeling (and looking) like sand paper.


Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you’re prone to, whether it’s acne, psoriasis, or eczema. When it comes to acne, stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress can also disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. That can then show up on your skin in the form of acne.


Fine Lines:

Constantly making certain facial expressions, like furrowing your brows when you’re stressed or pursing your lips, can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time.

Deep Grooves in Your Nails:

Vertical lines are common on nails and usually are linked to aging and, in some cases, a lack in certain vitamins, but they’re harmless. Horizontal grooves and ridges that run side to side, on the other hand, are called Beau’s lines, and they tend to appear when the body is compromised from stress and typically mean there is something more serious going on in your system.

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For more information about how stress can affect your appearance, and your health in general, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Acne treatments are available at LightTouch Med Spa, and if you are experiencing acne or blackheads caused by your stress levels, our medical aestheticians can administer treatments to help you! Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.

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