Have you ever noticed your skin break out in pimples, rashes, flakes or cold sores when you’re stressed? When your body is in stress, hormones and chemicals can shift and wreak havoc on the body and in particular, your skin.
When it comes to cold sores, stress can only cause a flare up if you already have the herpes simplex virus. Bur when you are stressed or even just run down, this can affect your immune system. When your immune system is under pressure, the resistance to the virus isn’t as strong so the virus has a chance to break out again.
Here are some helpful ways to avoid stress, and save your skin from breaking out:
Drink water – by keeping your body hydrated, you moisturise your skin from the inside out. Drink at least 1-2 litres a day.
Use a good moisturiser – using a good moisturiser on exposed skin areas helps to protect the skin from sun and wind damage.
A little vitamin D – 10 to 15 minutes of sun every day is good for calcium absorption to support bone health, red blood cells and energy, but make sure it’s no longer than that.
Keep cool – avoid very HOT showers because they tend to dry out your skin. Avoid stressful situations or try to take a minute to calm your breathing and lower your blood pressure.
Let your body breathe – cotton and cotton-blend clothing is cool. Natural fibres allow your body to breathe and can help to regulate your body temperature more effectively. It may be a little more expensive but it pays off in the end!
Love lemons – citrus contains antioxidants that support the skin, so include a good serving of lime, lemon, pineapple and orange in your diet.
More fruit – paw paw is excellent for skin and aids digestion. It can also help to relieve minor burns, cuts, cold sores, cracked lips and other skin conditions.
Eat veggies – boost energy and support your immune system by eating more vegetables. Try water-based vegetables such as cucumber, zucchini and lettuce to hydrate the skin.
Exercise daily – a little light exercise everyday is a great stress reliever and helps our bodies release endorphins to brighten our moods and sharpen our minds.
General care – use a ‘loofah’ to stimulate blood circulation and exfoliate dead skin cells before you shower. Finish showering with cold water to close your skin pores and then apply a moisturiser. Make time to look after yourself, take a few minutes to be alone and do something for yourself.