Here’s the skinny on stress and skin. While this pandemic has us scrambling for hard-to-find masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, what we have in abundance right now is time and stress. We are all under constant strain, whether we’re cognizant of it or not, and the impact of this chronic state of worry manifests itself in many ways, affecting our mental and physical states.
Among our bodies’ reactions to the relentless stress is the hormonal “fight or flight” response, in which our nervous system signals to our endocrine system to release adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol, to prepare our body for survival. And while that critical human response is intended to save our lives, the impact of those hormones over time has major negative physical repercussions.
Our biggest organ - skin - is directly impacted by stress in several ways. The consequences are both physiological and functional and of course, since it’s our skin, visible. Chronic stress leads to inflammation which can flare-up chronic conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Those hormones over time often overstimulate sebaceous glands and lead to stress-induced breakouts. And prolonged stress impacts the skin’s barrier function, which disrupts its ability to heal wounds, maintain moisture and protect against microbial infection.
Conquering your skin’s stress should start with a self-care routine because our overall wellness - in whatever form that takes for each of us - is critical to keeping us healthy in both body and mind. Sleep is critical as is maintaining a regular schedule of exercise and eating a healthy and balanced diet. And even a minimal amount of mindfulness and meditation can improve our outlook.
Our stressed-out skin also needs help, from the outside, in. Maintaining or creating a skincare routine during times of stress will help not only preserve skin’s normal functionality but because it’s a self-care activity, like exercise and meditation, it can also be considered a wellness activity. So good skin care practices can be mood lifting too.
Clark’s Botanicals is designed for stressed out skin. In fact, it was developed as a result of founder, Francesco Clark’s life-changing accident and his consequenting extreme skin stressors. It was created as an alternative to conventional products and centered around nature’s most radical botanicals, and each of our products contains a charged base called Jasmine Catalyst Complex™ (JCC) that is antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. JCC is a healing compound that floods skin and tackles dull and dry complexions without clogging pores. It helps fight free radicals and support skin’s natural functioning. And like all our products, it is safe for sensitive skin.
While we can’t ‘wellness’ the reality of this health crisis away, holding on to a self-care routine can go a long way in contributing to a positive outlook and developing the personal resources from which we draw, in order to cope with life’s challenges. And feeling good and looking vibrant in turn, allows us to feel healthy and better care for our loved ones. And just as importantly, projecting health and wellness leads to a positivity that is the best kind of contagion.