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Is your Skin Stressed Out?

Stress. We all experience it from time to time and it can often come from an unexpected place or catch us off guard. It can take a physical toll on our bodies and skin depending on the person as we all react to stress differently. Some of us may develop headaches, faster heartbeat, insomnia, as well as many more including irritated skin or more spots than usual. 

There is a scientific reason why our skin reacts to stress in this way. When our body feels stressed it releases more cortisol than usual which can cause more sebum to be produced by the skin. Extra sebum and oils on the skin can lead to clogged pores and spots. Stress can also trigger bad habits that we already have such as picking at our skin which can also be why our skin will take a turn for the worst during stressful periods in our lives. Stress may also aggravate pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, it may cause rashes or hives. This is a response to your body’s production of cortisol.

So what causes stress in our lives? It can be a number of things from the world around us, menstruation, lack of sleep, work, school and the list goes on. As we get busier we may find ourselves slacking on our daily skin routine – makeup wipes are NOT the answer!  Stress already will cause the proteins found in our skin to alter slightly which may mean that we develop fine lines earlier, have puffier skin or dry skin and it also will slow up the natural healing processes that occur in the skin so during these times as much as we may want to slack, now is the most important time to care for our skin.

What we do have to do is remember that stress can and will affect everyone differently and that this is perfectly okay. Stressing about our reaction to stress is not the answer to that big pimple on your chin! 

Here are some tips Green Angel recommend to manage and deal with your stress and your skin:

Strip it back

If you find yourself wishing for more hours in the day, take your skin routine back to basics. Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. This will help you save time and will also ensure that your skin is being taken care of during these stressful times – a makeup wipe is never the answer!

Take a break

It sounds ridiculous but just sit and breathe for 10 minutes. This will help to reset your brain and body and you will be more productive afterwards. Even try a toner spritz to refresh your skin (and makeup) during this time – it will thank you. 

Don’t pick

If your skin reacts to stress with a breakout, I repeat do not pick! I know it’s hard but this will leave you with a scar. Cleanse your face and put on a face mask to dry the bugger out, then moisturise. Try our Green Angel Rescue Seaweed and Tea-tree cream which is a natural anti-inflammatory to help to reduce the swelling on your pimple.

Write a to-do list

This can be as detailed as ‘brush teeth, wash face…’, whatever works for you. If it means that you get your daily tasks and workload completed, who cares right? Don’t forget to put that skincare routine down too, morning and evening!

Talk it out

There is always someone to talk to and who will listen. Maybe this is a friend or a partner or parent. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk.


Congested Skin – How to Help

The quickest way to test if your skin is congested or not is to simply run your hand over your facial skin – does it feel bumpy or smooth? If it feels bumpy to touch then your skin is probably congested. So what does this mean and what is congestion?

Congested skin can show as a number of things: whiteheads, blackheads, acne or clogged pores. There are a number of things that can cause this such as:

  • Touching your face a lot
  • Not changing pillow covers often enough
  • Excess sebum
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Everyday pollution
  • Not cleansing or exfoliating correctly

It’s not just oily skin that can get congested, as we may assume. Dry skin can also begin to produce excess sebum to make up for lack of moisture (dehydrated skin).

There are also external factors that can cause congestion such a dirt build-up due to touching your face with unclean hands or phones or not changing your pillow case often enough.

We often forget about how much environmental pollution can affect our skin, it can make it dry, dull or lead to premature aging. Look for moisturisers with vitamin E which helps to block free radicals, which are found in our environment, from entering the skin. Our Green Angel Daily Moisture Face Cream contains vitamin E to help block free radicals from the body.

There are a number of steps that we can take to try and combat this congestion:

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Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
  • 60 second cleansing

We’re all guilty of washing our face for 15 seconds and calling it a day, but studies have shown that to really benefit from your product’s ingredients you should cleanse for 60 seconds before rinsing it off. It has also shown that it helps to improve skin’s natural glow and overall texture.

  • Double cleansing

We should really be double cleansing every evening if we’re wearing makeup or just from our daily lives. The first cleanse serves to remove all the dirt, makeup, sweat and oils our skin has picked up or produced throughout the day and the second is to really get down into our pores and cleanse deeper. For our 60-second rule this would mean 30 seconds each cleanse or the full 2 minutes – but do beware of over-cleansing which can leave skin dry and irritated! Pay attention to your own individual skin’s needs, as we’re not all the same.

  • Exfoliation

An essential step to help get that baby-smooth skin. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating new cell turnover. Dead skin cells will lead to congested skin if not removed. We should exfoliate 2 times per week (maximim) to keep on top of our skin routine and to help prevent build up and congestion in our skin.

  • Masking

A deep pore cleanse at least once a week is important. It helps to relieve pores of any dirt that it has collected from makeup, pollution or just touching our face – that sometimes cleansing alone cannot reach. It will help to lift our any congested build-up in the skin and help reveal a smoother complexion.

  • Stop touching your face

It seems a simple step but we’re all guilty of touching our faces more than we should – we even do it unconsciously. But what we forget is what we are putting on our faces when we touch them – bacteria, dirt, oils. Especially now more than ever, due to COVID-19, it is important for our general health and for our skin’s health that we stop touching our faces as much as possible.

  • Lifestyle changes

Everything from our sleep pattern, to our diet impacts on our skin’s health and so we should be mindful of what we put into our bodies and more than likely it will come out in our skin. Try to minimise junk foods and alcohol and instead focus on fruits, vegetables and drinking at least 2 Litres of water every day. Of course don’t forget to treat yourself – but everything in moderation! This will be easier on our systems and skin, as the less toxins we put in the less we have to put out.