Skin issues cause stress, which causes skin issues
A major work deadline, a row with your partner or a bad night’s sleep has you a little on edge. Then you hear those dreaded (albeit well-meaning) three words: “You look tired.” Whatever form stress takes, the result is the same. “Cortisol levels go up and your fight-or-flight response kicks in. The blood flow goes to your vital organs, not your face, leading to skin looking sallow,” says Dr Gohara.
Being told to relax or get more rest is not useful. In fact, this advice tends to raise cortisol levels further rather than lower them, so we’ll skip the obvious suggestions for now. Instead, try a quick facial massage while you’re cleansing or applying your moisturiser. Work in circular motions from the centre of your face towards your hairline. “It’s a great way to stimulate blood flow, which will add radiance and plump up the skin,” says Dr Gohara.
For a more lasting glow, consider having a microdermabrasion session at the dermatologist’s oce. It will remove dead skin cells and boost your circulation.