What to Do When Your Face Freaks Out (Bonus: It’s Free!)
Thu, 31 January 2013 2:05PM
I’ve been panicking a bit this week, Primpers. Mainly because in literally a couple of days I’ll be taking my seat on the A380 and relocating to London. Indefinitely. So, as you can imagine, I’m trying to jam in catch ups with family and friends, and lovely last-minute Aussie-type activities, with appointments, deadlines and that small matter of packing up my entire life into two suitcases (and a shipping container). Just typing that sentence made my pulse race. It’s fair to say that stress is my bestie of late.
And for the first time, I’ve really noticed what a toll it’s taking on my complexion. Suddenly, I’m spotty. I have black circles beneath my eyes that even my trusty YSL Touche Eclat can’t conceal. My fine lines are more visible. My skin is sallow. Need I go on? When I want to be celebrating my departure looking as radiant as Jennifer Garner at the SAG Awards …
…I look more like an extra from The Walking Dead.
It got me thinking about a chat I had with Gwinganna Spa Training Manager, Angela Derks, a little while back. She, ahem, stressed that how we feel absolutely impacts on our physical appearance. “If you have ‘stress reactive’ skin…it directly reacts to the levels of stress and the resulting cortisol levels [in your body],” she explained. “This leads to decreased immune resistance, circulatory problems such as high blood pressure, and skin imbalances such as blemishes, dermatitis and rosacea.” She added that these already-annoying skin conditions are exacerbated by lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep, a less than ideal diet and a stressful schedule.
Which is exactly where I find myself now. And as it’s post-holiday, back-to-school-and-work, knuckle-down-with-the-new-year time right now, I imagine that many of you are stuck in the same skincare rut. So, what now?
“Make a change by building resilience to stress trigger factors in your life. Alter how you view this stress and therefore, how your body responds to such triggers,” is Angela’s advice. She reckons that the best thing you can do for your face is to shut your eyes and try to sleep off whatever it is that’s worrying you. “Sleep allows your body time to rejuvenate right down to the cellular level, “ she says.
Finding it difficult to doze off? The answer is simple: work out more. Not only will you feel more tired at night, making sleep easier to come by, but it’ll help your complexion out, too. “Regular exercise brings oxygen and nutrition to the skin, and the rest of our cells and body systems,” Angela explains. “Plus, it supports our stress resilience.”
I know. It seems too simple, right? But think about the times you look your best. For me, it’s when I’m rested and feel fit, strong and ready to deal with what life throws at me. I’ll be honest and say that amidst the craziness of packing and, well, partying, I’ve let the early-nights-and-daily-jogs routine slip. No wonder I look like and extra from The Walking Dead, despite piling on the anti-aging potions. And if I can repair my complexion without spending a cent, well, so much the better. No excuses: A few nights in and some fresh air it is!
Tell me, are you feeling stressed at the moment, Primpers?
Have you noticed it taking a toll when it comes to your beauty routine? Let me know your freak-out-fixes. Obviously, I need it.
Until next time (from London!),
Posted by: Emily Taylor