Stress isnâ€™t just an annoying byproduct of everyday life: It’s also a major health and beauty saboteur. A lack of sleep, dehydration, and junk food cravings often go hand-in-hand with stress, which trickles down to poor hair and skin health. Youâ€™d be surprised to know that stress could actually be the root of these six beauty issues.
It weakens overall skin and hair health. Stress can interrupt sleep patternsâ€”a key component for skin and body repair. Coupled with stress, skimping on sleep weakens the immune system and puts the bodyâ€™s chemicals out of whack, often leaving you with lacklustre skin and dull eyes.
It promotes skin irritants. Stress also causes you to release certain hormones, which can trigger your body into channelling blood away from the skin toward muscles and other organs. In particular, chronic stress deprives your skin of oxygen and essential nutrientsâ€”and without adequate amounts of them, you get skin conditions like acne.
It dries out everything. The negative effects of stress can present themselves on the skin with extreme dehydration that results in inflammation, hyperpigmentation, dullness and acne. When youâ€™re stressed, the dead cell layer on the surface of the skin becomes thin and develops microscopic holes, which arenâ€™t able to provide a sufficient defense against aging ultraviolet rays, says Murad. Not only can stress cause breakouts, but it also creates tiny perforations in cell membranes that allow water to leak from cells and dehydrate the skin. Thatâ€™s when fine lines and a lackluster skin tone begin to appear.
It gives you wrinkles. Stress hormones increase blood pressure, raise pulse rates and constrict blood vessels, which in turn redirect blood away from the skin towars other organs, says Bank. The result? Our muscles tense, our skin loses that rosy glow, and wrinkles begin to form.
It causes hair loss. As stress causes the blood vessels begin to constrict, hair follicles are deprived of the oxygen, minerals, and vitamins it needs for healthy hair growth. When youâ€™re feeling so frazzled, your body burns more energy and directs the vitamins and nutrients to those body parts that it needs for survival like the heart, lungs, and brain. So your scalp doesnâ€™t get the benefit of these essential nutrients (read: loss of hair).
Signs like hair loss, hair thinning, and an overall lack of shine and lustre are common. In extreme cases, patients start to suffer from ailments such as Alopecia and Psoriasis, both of which contribute to weak and fragile hair that breaks easily.
It leads to bad beauty habits. Sometimes severe stress can lead to formation of nasty habits like hair twirling or twisting or nail biting, which become almost subconscious. All that twisting can result in chronic trauma to the hair in some areas, leading to broken hair and even hair loss.MYNEWSHUB/Daily Makeover