Stress can show up in our lives through so many different ways, one of which is through the appearance of our skin.
The demands of our every day lifestyles mixed with work and everything else on top can leave us feeling constantly stressed and overwhelmed. We end up feeling a lot less like ourselves, constantly rushed off our feet and our skincare routines can go out of the window.
So what is stress exactly?
When you begin to feel stressed, your body will send a signal to your brain, which will then communicate with your nervous system and you end up in ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ mode. Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone and it can spike hugely under pressure. The adrenal glands in your body produce cortisol when stress is detected and it’s this hormone which then fuels our instincts.
Cortisol can regulate blood pressure, increase blood sugar, control our sleep cycles and boost energy to allow us to deal with stressful situations.
How can stress affect our skin?
Noella Gabriel, ELEMIS Co-Founder, has said, “The skin, like the brain, is a living organ, and the effects of stress on its functioning are severe. In fact, studies indicate that stress causes a decline in skin barrier function.* The prolonged release of stress hormones in the skin causes a decrease of Hyaluronic Acid production, contributing to the breakdown of collagen and overall cellular ageing. Loss of collagen, elastin and depleted Hyaluronic Acid share a common side effect: an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.”
What can we do about it?
ELEMIS have developed a brand new product – the Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix. This is a revolutionary night cream which has been specially formulated to tackle the signs of stress on the skin. 100% of users agreed the stress on their skin disappeared after using the new Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix. Great news!
Using advanced science to eliminate the signs of ageing, the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix works to restore the natural balance of stressed skin. Using a targeted delivery system, the peptides in the cream will target and absorb the cream in the cells that need it most. Padina Pavonica algae works to plump, rehydrate and smooth the skin surface, while Wild Indigo Oligosaccharides promote relaxation and emotional balance. By morning, skin is smoother, less crumpled and noticeably hydrated. After two weeks of use, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, and the skin appears to ‘bounce back’ to life**.
** INDEPENDENT CLINICAL TRIALS.