If there is one thing that I have learnt recently - it is that stress can really wreak havoc on the skin. Stress and its effects on the body is something I have always known about but it hasn't really had a tremendous effect on me personally. This was up until recently, about 2-3 weeks in the lead up to my wedding where I started to break out around my right cheek.
For someone who has generally been blessed to have pretty good skin and with such a big day coming up, something that may seem so trivial suddenly became such a big deal. I racked my brains as to how and why this started to happen. Was it a product? An ingredient? My generally healthy diet (although chocolate intake may have increased closer to the big day)? After going through everything, the answer was quite simple. It was that dreaded wedding stress that many brides talk about. So many things were happening, there were so many things to do, I wasn't sleeping, not properly eating and in a nutshell I was pretty stressed!
At the time I was in the process of talking to Cassandra Hilton, founder of Ocinium, resident beauty genius and naturopath about her skincare line and learning about the term organic cosmeceutical (read more about it here). In our chats, I randomly asked her what I could do about my skin, which was clearly freaking out. She was kind enough to give me some tips and on the lead up to the big day I adopted what I could. Whilst my skin wasn't amazing, it was significantly better and I noticed a shift in my skin's general health when the craziness of the big day was over. Coming back from my honeymoon, I told Cassandra that I wanted to write a blog post on stress and she was kind enough to contribute and help me understand the science behind it all. What I learnt is that recent research shows that our skin is an immediate stress perceiver and is a target of stress responses. My research also confirmed that stress, our skin and how our body works is complex and is also commonly linked to other factors such as genes, lifestyle and general health. However, in saying that stress can contribute to our skin's behaviour and along with Cassandra's help, I went to find out how and why.Read More