When your body is under significant stress, you feel it EVERYWHERE. Stress may manifest itself in migraines, insomnia, or a change in skin’s appearance. On the other hand, when you’re healthy—eating well and exercising—you tend to feel energized and ready to take on the world. Your complexion looks better, too.
Just like they affect the rest of your body, lack of sleep and environmental stressors like pollution or UV radiation can take their toll on skin. As a result, your skin may crave rejuvenation and pampering. Read more to find out what you can do to revive fatigued skin.
Understanding skin fatigue
Skin fatigue happens when your skin is under considerable or sustained stress. This causes your adrenal glands to release cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol causes the blood vessels to narrow, which means your skin won’t receive as much oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood as it needs to replenish itself. At high levels, cortisol also causes collagen to break down prematurely. When sustained, cortisol will result in higher levels of inflammation, too.
All these complex processes result in skin that doesn’t look its best.
Causes and risk factors of skin fatigue
When you see the word “stress,” you might think of mental or emotional stress. This will indeed spike cortisol levels and lead to skin fatigue. However, your skin can be affected by a multitude of stressors. These can include the following:
- Airborne pollutants
- UV exposure
- Harsh weather (e.g., cold temperatures, harsh winds)
- Insufficient sleep or poor quality of sleep
- Poor diet with too many processed foods
Identifying the common signs of skin fatigue
You can feel it when you’re not living your healthiest life, but how can you see the signs of skin fatigue on your face? Well, the physiological processes resulting in skin fatigue will accelerate the aging process (remember how cortisol prematurely breaks down elasticity-boosting collagen?).
As a result, you’ll be more likely to see signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and areas of discoloration, as well as the following:
- Dull, tired-looking skin
- Large pores
- Persistently dry skin
In addition, you may notice that your skin doesn’t respond as well to the skincare products you typically use.
How to rejuvenate your skin and reclaim your vitality
You can’t avoid every possible trigger of skin fatigue, such as cold weather or airborne pollutants. However, you can take steps to improve your lifestyle choices, such as by prioritizing your sleep, eating a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of water.
However, these steps might not necessarily be enough. You should also pamper your skin with nourishing, holistic skincare products, such as face masks and serums.
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