Inflammation in the body has such an impact on our skin health. One of the main reason our skin can look 'stressed' is due to a lot of inflammation in the body.
Of course, if you are using very strong acids, abrasive scrubs and harsh face washes this can lead to an angry looking skin, but if you're not, what else could be causing it?
Well, it can actually be all the things that stress us out in the first place, or should I say thing things that can contribute to stress in our body. Let's take a look at some of them...
LACK OF SLEEP
If we are not sleeping, this can have a knock on effect to our skin as well. Lack of sleep can lead to red, puffy eyes. Our dark circles can also appear even darker and fine lines and wrinkles somehow appear worse too.
A low intake of water and high amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol can cause more puffiness in the face and cheeks. Salt especially can cause a lot of puffiness as it can make us retain water. Highly processed foods can very quickly turn to sugar in the body which is directly linked to wrinkles. This is a process called glycation where the glucose molecules bind to our collagen fibres and cause them to become brittle and even snap - this can be a reason for wrinkles forming.
Of course if you're eating foods that you're intolerant to as well, this can lead to all sorts of skin concerns especially acne and breakouts. I would highly recommend taking a food intolerance test to get an idea of what could be causing your breakouts.
Extreme temperature changes, constant heating and air conditioning, dusty environments, cigarette smoke etc can really impact our skin. They can easily cause broken capillaries and redness, plus also a dry, grainy texture to the skin. We can sometimes find that our skin is dry and yet oily at the same time. What's the best way to prevent this? Wearing your SPF daily and an element barrier over the top to stop the redness and reduce the pollution and free radical damage to the skin. I love the Nimue SPF 40 and Element Barrier. (Please contact me to purchase these)
As much as we have to take medication sometimes, it can have a huge impact on our skin for so many reasons. Some reasons could be that it's a side effect of them, they can make our skin super sensitive, they can damage our gut health (such as antibiotics) which can lead to skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis plus many more reasons. It can be difficult to eradicate these problems especially if you have to take them long term. I would recommend taking a probiotic though if you are on antibiotics and also speaking to your skincare professional to create a skincare plan to suit your skin whilst you're taking the medication.
I hope you have found this helpful,
Thank you so much for reading,