Your Professional Image: The Worst Ways Stress Affects Your Appearance

Stress couldn’t just be getting in your nerves, but your looks as well. If you see these changes in yourself, it’s time to step up your self-care. Image Source:  Pexels

Stress couldn’t just be getting in your nerves, but your looks as well. If you see these changes in yourself, it’s time to step up your self-care. Image Source: Pexels

People are no stranger to stress. It’s everywhere, from road traffic jams and loads of paperwork in the office to unread emails and nasty social media comments. It’s easy to know if these things have gotten into you — just look at the mirror. Stress can be written all over your face and body. If you see these signs, you know you have to step up your self-care:

Under-eye Bags

When you keep tossing and turning in bed because your mind wanders to so many things, that lack of sleep causes the skin under the eyes to become dull and pale. Eventually, the dark tissues and blood vessels under the surface will start to appear. Moreover, fluids can collect underneath the eyes and cause that area to be puffy. As a result, you have unsightly dark bulges. The prevention habit is already obvious: Get a decent sleep. 

If you’re finding it hard to rest your mind, ask your doctor if you can take sleeping pills. Avoid looking at your phone at least two hours before bedtime. This way, you won’t be thinking about the last e-mail from your boss or your ex’s comment on your photo while trying to calm your mind. More importantly, the blue light coming from your gadget won’t disrupt your body’s sleep hormone. Aside from getting enough sleep, of course, a good old eye cream can help as well.

Thinning Hair

Stress can literally pull your hair out. Telogen effluvium is a kind of hair loss that happens when a person is under intense pressure, causing a disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of the hair. People who have gone through extremely stressful events like, physical trauma, severe infection, or childbirth (which comes with abrupt hormonal changes) are the most vulnerable to having this. Don’t worry, though, because as the trigger gets addressed over time, hair growth should return to normal. 

In the meantime, pamper yourself with natural treatments to aid in restoring your healthy mane. Some doctors recommend Moringa for hair loss problems. This plant contains important nutrients that spur the growth of well-nourished hair, namely vitamin A, which is crucial in the development of healthy cells and tissues in the body, vitamin C and E for improving blood circulation, and zinc for preventing the drying of sebaceous glands. Extend a little bit more time in massaging your head with Moringa as you relax in bath bombs. 

Image Source:  Pexels

Image Source: Pexels

Acne-Prone Skin

It’s not a myth that stress causes acne. A stress hormone called CRH, or corticotrophin-releasing hormone, binds to receptors in the skin’s oil glands, which then increases sebum production. You know what that means: pimples. Doctors also explain that when people are under immense stress, the nerve signaling for itch becomes more active. You will feel compelled to scratch here, there, and everywhere, making your face exposed to bacteria from hands and fingers. 

How do you prevent all of these? Again, learn to control your stress. Practice relaxation techniques every now and then. As much as it’s tempting to skip your skincare routine because you’re already tired to the core, don’t. Clean your face. Wipe off your make-up. Moisturize

Stress could be making you look worse than you expect. If you see these three signs, they surely mean getting off the anxiety train and taking the time out for some good self-care and relaxation.