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 6 Ways That Stress Affects Your Hair and Skin

Stress is not only something that makes you feel bad, it can be making you look bad, too. When you are feeling stressed, you are not only suffering from the effects that the stress can actually cause, but you are also at risk for other related health-sabotaging problems, like dehydration, eating too much junk food and having poor sleep patterns. 

All of these things can lead to problems with your beauty, and here is a list of 6 of the most common problems you will notice if you let stress get the best of you.

  • Weakens Hair and Skin: When you are stressed, one of the major things that happens is that you probably get less sleep than you need. When you combine stress with sleep deprivation, it takes a toll on your hair and your skin. You can develop certain chemical imbalances that will affect the health of your hair and skin, making them appear dull.

  • Stress Dries You Out: When you are stressed, you can become very dehydrated. Your skin and hair require good hydration to remain healthy. When you become dehydrated, you will notice discolouration, acne and a duller appearance as compared to when you are properly hydrated and less stressed. 

    Stress can also cause small, almost invisible perforations which will allow moisture to leak from your skin, further drying it out and giving it a dull tone. This will help you develop wrinkles more quickly, too.

  • More Wrinkles? Yes, as mentioned above, stress will cause you to develop more wrinkles. When you are stressed, your blood vessels become constricted, which directs blood away from the skin and to your organs. 

    Without good circulation, our skin can truly lose its youthful glow, and become tighter, leading to the development of wrinkles.

  • Increased Skin Irritants: Stress promotes the release of certain hormones that will affect your blood flow significantly. Your blood will be redirected from your skin toward other organs. When this happens, your skin does not receive the oxygen that it needs to remain healthy. 

    As a result, irritants are released. This can cause problems such as acne or other skin blemishes, as well as discolouration.

  • Stress Can Cause Hair Loss: When stress leads to constriction of blood vessels, hair follicles can begin to die. When this occurs, your hair will begin to fall out. Your scalp requires good circulation to have healthy hair growth. 

    When you are under a great deal of stress, your body will not be sending the vitamins and minerals, or the oxygen required, to your hair follicles, and your hair can begin to fall out. Thinning hair is often a sign of high stress levels.

  • Stress Takes Away From Your Beauty Routine: When you are under more stress, you are less likely to take good care of yourself. You may start to skip important beauty routines, or develop bad habits like biting your nails. When your stress spills over and leads to bad beauty habits, your hair and skin will show the results.

  • Paying close attention to your stress levels and keeping things in check will help you keep your hair and skin looking youthful and radiant! Be aware of these problems that can accompany high stress levels.


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