IN THE FACE OF STRESS
Everywrinkle can tell a story. There are fine ones at the sides of my eyes when I’ve stared at a screen for hours on end. Those furrow lines inbetween – known as 11s because that’s the number they resemble – are from frowning as I check every word I’ve written. Then there’s the reddening across my cheeks, the dull complexion and occasional spot. Yes, my name’s Karen and I have stress face.
I’mnot alone. As the amount of time we spend on screens goes into double figures each day, and our workloads increase, so do our stress levels and cortisol, the hormone produced to cope with it. Juggling busy lifestyles and feeling constantly strung-out and stressed hinders our skin’s ability to repair itself, so we see younger women sporting wrinkles and ladies in their 40s and 50s with breakouts.
‘We know stress is unhealthy for the heart and brain,’ warns Dr Howard Murad, a top dermatologist in our beauty report on page 62, ‘but it’s just as bad for your skin.’
He says that women are looking older, with lifeless complexions and acne because they are more stressed than they were even five years ago. Triggers can be work, money, family and relationships. ‘But I’ve also seen a rise in cultural stress,’ he adds, ‘where women expect perfection from themselves in all areas at all times.’
So, as well as using myriad products, we also need to learn how to de-stress. I usually turn up the radio and sing along tomy favourite tunes – it’s a greatway to get rid ofmy wrinkles, though my neighbours and family might not agree!
Until next week,
Stress TRIGGER Scan be work, money, family and RELATIONSHIPS. But there’ s also been arise in CULTURAL STRESS, where women expect PERFECTION from themselves in all areas at ALL TIMES