You may have noticed that people are saying to you, “You look tired,” or “Did you get any sleep last night?” Take a moment to get offended and then consider where they might be coming from. You may take great pains to take care of your skin and cover up any appearance of stress or exhaustion with makeup, but sometimes, your skin has just had enough. It is a tell-tale sign of everything that is happening on the inside—physically and emotionally. Even if your skincare routine is on point with all the top-quality products, your skin might not be able to receive any of it due to fatigue. If we think about fatigue in general, it is that point of exhaustion where no matter how much rest we get, we are never rested. The same applies to skin—you may give it the things you think it needs, but it is in need of a much more serious resuscitation. Let’s expand on everything you need to know about skin fatigue and how to battle it the right way.
Skin fatigue can be caused by your lifestyle—smoking, lack of sleep, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and sun exposure. In addition to that, it can be caused by various stress-related factors such asemotional distress of any kind at work or in personal life. Add to all this the environmental factors like pollution and cold weather. During winter, the skin is exposed to wind and chills and cannot retain moisture, as well as during other seasons. Indoors, it is exposed to heating, which additionally dries it giving it way too much to battle. It is no wonder that the skin will eventually say, “I can’t do this anymore!” and throw in the towel.
If you are exposed to continuous stress, adrenal glands release the stress hormone that affects blood flow in your body and damages the collagen in your skin. This quickens the aging process, and your skin loses its natural ability to repair itself. The unfortunate result is skin fatigue.
Your skin may show several signs of fatigue, and this varies depending on your skin type. Fatigued skin is typically dry and dull, with visible pores. One of the most telling signs of skin fatigue is the lack of response no matter what you do. You may be hydrating it day and night, but it shows no signs of improvement. This is a sign that you need to take some more drastic measures to pamper your skin. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming, but there are several simple steps you can take to see lasting results.
To start treating your skin better, you need tostart from within. No amount of pricy products will save you if you are constantly roughing it out physically and mentally. Start small with several aspects of your life. If you lack sleep, try going to bed a bit earlier. Even thirty minutes of extra sleep will do a world of good for your overall health. Introduce more exercise in your life. Go for a daily walk whenever you can, and do some yoga in your apartment if you are pressed for time. A little goes a long way in improving your circulation and the whole immune system.
It probably makes you want to scream when you see this title—everyone everywhere is telling you to manage stress levels as if it were that easy. Clearly, most of the population is exposed to some type of stress, and it seems impossible to get rid of it. Unfortunately, it is the cause of so many physical ailments that it is not surprising that it is also affecting your skin.
There are variousways to manage stress, and some of them are differentrelaxation techniques and exercises. These will help your skin as well as your body and emotional state. Always think of your body as an intricate system—everything is connected, and all parts of your physical body need to be cared for when going through a stressful time. There is no magic cure for stress relief. You will need to find what works for you, whether it is meditating, running, reading, or listening to a podcast. But one thing is for sure, to battle skin fatigue, you will need to find a bit of your own Zen.
Whether you want to admit it or not, your eating habits are contributing to your overworked skin. It doesn’t mean that you eat junk food all day long, but you are not ingesting certain nutrients that your skin desperately needs. Focus on increasing essential fatty acids with foods like avocado and nuts. Also, think of blackcurrant oil supplements and resveratrol, pterostilbene, and vitamin C for that super crucial antioxidant boost. For the same purpose, introduce berries and leafy greens into your daily diet.
Meta: If you are unhappy with the appearance of your skin, you might be experiencing skin fatigue. Here is everything you need to know about how to get your skin back on track.
Author by: Jessica Mendez