Skin is­sues cause stress, which causes skin is­sues

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

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.

THE SO­LU­TION

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 o˜ce. It will re­move dead skin cells and boost your cir­cu­la­tion.

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