Stress has become a part of your daily life. It’s something that can’t be avoided no matter how hard you try, but the best thing you can learn to do is manage stress. Signs of stress can show up on your body in ways we know you won’t like. It can affect your weight, hair, nails and skin. Here are 10 ways stress affects your looks.
- 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. If you are a “stomach sleeper” you can expect the under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity!
- Dry, Flaky Skin: If you're stressed out you’re probably not drinking enough water. And since you’re not drinking enough water, we can assume that you’re drinking coffee or soda which can dehydrate your skin. Dehydration can cause your skin can appear dry, flaky and feel like sand paper!
- Acne: Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you're prone to, whether it's acne, psoriasis, or eczema. Stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and ultimately cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress can also disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
- Rashes and Hives: Both rashes and hives are caused by a dysbiosis, aka an imbalance in your gut. They pop up when stress takes over and too much bad bacteria outweighs the good causing what appears to be an “allergic reaction” to stress.
- Flushed Face: When you're stressed, you breathe in short, shallow breaths. In some cases you might even find yourself holding your breath for periods of time, which can lead to flushing and redness.
- Fine Lines: We all make faces when we’re stressed out! Constantly making certain facial expressions, like furrowing your brows, frowning your face, or pursing your lips, can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time.
- Gray Hair: Have you ever heard that you were the reason for someone’s gray hair? Well if you stressed that person out, they’re probably right! If you're predisposed to gray hair, stress can cause the melanin in your hair to stop producing, leaving it gray. It can also cause your hair to become thinner in diameter over time.
- Thinning Hair: Your hair is not as thick as it used to be when you were young and stress free. Here's why...stress causes your hair to go from the growing phase to the resting phase to the falling-out phase quicker, accelerating its natural cycle.
- 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.
- Hormonal Mood Swings and weight gain: The hormones released when we're stressed include adrenalin — which gives us instant energy — along with corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) and cortisol. While high levels of adrenalin and CRH decrease appetite at first, the effects usually don't last long. Cortisol however works on a different timetable. Its job is to help us replenish our body after the stress has passed, and it hangs around a lot longer. It can remain in your body for long periods of time encouraging the body to eat more.
Our recommendation, learn how to manage stress to avoid these kind of affects on your body. The first step is to try Relaxiva, an all-natural stress aid from Difass USA. The next step is up to you. Relieve stress other natural ways like meditating or exercising. Good luck and remember to just relax!