Stress on the Skin & Body

Date: 01/11/2017

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

At some point all of us have experienced waking up, dragging ourselves to the bathroom, looking in the mirror and thinking – oh no! Breakouts, allergic reactions, puffiness, redness, sensitivity, eczema, flaking... all of these conditions have one thing in common: STRESS.

Stress inflicts a multitude of (mostly) negative effects on the body and skin. This is a subject that I could talk about for hours but for the purposes of this newsletter (which we like to keep short, sweet and meaningful) let’s focus on how we at Pure Aesthetics can assist.

Stress suppresses our immune system which means we have a higher risk of illness. Our skin forms the first step in our immunity as it protects our body from external aggressors. Therefore it is imperative that we should look after our skin in order to support our immunity (but obviously not leave out the body too).

When I mentioned all of the above symptoms of stress, what I failed to point out is that they are just that – a symptom of stress that is affecting our body/ skin negatively. Treating from the inside out as well as from the outside in, gives our skin the best ability to fight off these negative aggressors. Stress management will vary for each individual but these are some day to day pointers that we sometimes forget and that are especially important during stressful periods:

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Exercise – even if it’s just a brisk walk for 30min
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol & caffeine
  • Make time for things that you enjoy or that make you happy

In terms of skin health (as well as mental and physical) and our go to treatment in stressful periods is our IV vitamin therapy. Intravenous (IV) therapy or Infusion therapy is used to supply the body with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. A "vitamin cocktail" is administered directly into the bloodstream in order to correct nutrient deficiencies that may be negatively affecting the body's internal workings and in turn effect the appearance of the skin. We choose this method of delivery, as it is more effective than any form of oral supplementation and therefore will yield more immediate results.

Add to this a simple and effective skin care routine in the form of cosmeceuticals (the only skin care we sell -- and for good reason) and you will have your skin feeling and looking great in no time. Be it skin peels, facials, needling or laser – we have a solution to meet your needs and budget. We all know that when we look good, we feel good and that is the result we want to achieve for our clients.