When you’re living life in the fast lane, your skin is often the first thing to freak out. What happens when a schizo schedule becomes totally routine? — Keep calm and read on.
Stress factor: Working like Crazy
What you’ll see: Redness and Breakouts
Chronic high levels of stress – a by-product of a competitive job market and 24/7 reachability – trigger your brain to release neuropeptides that cause blushing and sensitivity. On top of that, your body releases an excess of androgen hormones that can bring on breakouts.
Calm It Down:
Stress factor: Partying Away Stress
What you’ll see: Wrinkles and Dullness
Drinking dehydrates skin, making fine lines look deeper and complexion look dull. Your favorite cocktail or martini – plus, the carby snacks you binge on after you get home from the party – is packed with sugar and can make you skin look older, faster, through a process called glycation. During this process, sugar impairs the production of collagen and elastin in the skin and can cause your skin to stiffen and lose its springiness. Another issue: smoking (whether you inhale it or not) is full of collagen eating carcinogens that increase your risk of skin cancer.
Stress factor: Skimping on Sleep
What you’ll see: Flakiness and Dullness
Those late nights at the office and a little late-night DVR time can leave you playing “catch up” on ZZZs during the weekend. This erratic sleep schedule can through off your natural time clock, which inhibits your skin’s ability to stay hydrated. Research shows that poor sleep weakens the barrier function, causing moisture to escape. And chronic sleep deprivation impairs collagen production. After six months of sleep loss, skin starts to lost its suppleness and glow.
Fake Eight Hours: