Modern-day life comes with its share of stressors. And with the COVID-19 pandemic making everything worse, people all over the world are going through extended periods of stress, anxiety and loneliness. The effects of stress on a person’s physical health are widely understood, but did you know that your sudden breakouts, flare-ups and rashes can also be explained by stress?
One of the worst enemies of our bodies, periods of high stress can cause a chemical response in our body to make it overproduce cortisol, which in turn produces excess oil and sebum, causing acne and other skin problems. Here’s a look at how stress affects the skin and how collagen beauty tea can be one solution to assist some of these skin troubles:
As mentioned above, stress can cause the body to produce more cortisol which then tells your hypothalamus to produce a hormone called corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). This hormone is responsible for regulating oil and sebum through the sebaceous glands on your skin and scalp. When these glands produce excess oil, they can clog pores and cause acne.
Stress causes the natural collagen in your skin to deteriorate faster, reducing the skin’s elasticity and making it prone to wrinkling before time. When you’re under stress, you’re also highly likely to furrow your brow and tighten your facial muscles, which further accelerate the wrinkle production process.
Stress has been found to cause sensitivity and redness in the skin. This is because psychological stress can disrupt the natural epidermal barrier of the skin which is responsible for locking in moisture and protecting the skin from bacteria. High-stress levels may exacerbate existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and trigger hives, rashes and overall irritated skin.
Impaired Wound Healing
Not only does stress disrupt the epidermis, but it may also prolong healing. This is because the epidermis contains protein, lipids and collagen which are necessary to keep your cells hydrated. When the cells are hydrated, they heal faster. Stress causes the barrier function of your epidermis to become impaired, affecting its ability to hold water and heal wounds.
Eyebags and Dark Circles
Studies show that as people age, their eye bags and dark circles become more prominent. This is because skin around the eyes sags with age due to a decrease in collagen and elasticity. Sleep deprivation and stress can hasten the process of collagen loss, increasing signs of ageing, such as eye bags, wrinkles, dark circles, pigmentation and fine lines before time.
In addition to your skin, stress can also have a negative impact on your hair. When a person is stressed, their fight-or-flight reaction is activated. The neurotransmitter that causes the body to activate its fight-or-flight reaction, also known as noradrenaline, is the main cause of greying hair when under stress. This neurotransmitter causes the melanocyte stem cells in the hair follicle that are responsible for releasing melanin to migrate. When there are no stem cells left in the hair follicle, it is unable to produce melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its colour, and thus any new hair turns grey, and then white. Additionally, stress may even cause hair to look brittle, dull and fall more easily, owing to collagen loss.
How Collagen Beauty Tea can Help
Specifically designed to combat the signs of ageing, collagen beauty tea combines the benefits of antioxidant and polyphenol-rich teas with the youth-restoring effects of hydrolyzed collagen peptides to offer you a bundle of goodness in a functional drink. Antioxidants help detox the skin and also slow the breakdown of collagen in the body by decreasing free radicals in the body, whereas the hydrolysed collagen peptides present in the tea provide your skin with some much-needed proteins and lipids to help reduce the negative effects of stress on your skin.
Additionally, sipping a cup of delicious, soothing collagen beauty tea can help relax you and in turn, your muscles, relieve stress and help you get in the right mind space to combat your problems, taking five minutes out to relax, unwind, think clearly and have a little me-time.