Whilst not all skin concerns can be chalked up to stress, we know having good mental health can play a significant role in the improvement of skin concerns such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Even if stress is not the root cause of your skin condition, it may exacerbate the symptoms which can be frustrating and can make you feel self-conscious, often having a negative impact on your overall well-being.
Finding ways to manage stress and mental health effectively is important for maintaining healthy and vibrant skin.
In this article, we’ll delve into the connection between stress and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, and offer tips for managing your stress and reducing the reactivity of your skin, by using self-care tools such as Blue Therapy for your mental health and Sea Magik products.
Acne and Stress
When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that breaks down collagen and elastin. This process can lead to inflammation and damage to your skin, resulting in acne.
Additionally, stress can cause the production of sebum, a natural oil that lubricates your skin. Excess sebum production can clog pores, leading to acne breakouts on your face, chest, and back.
Managing stress can help limit the impact it has on your skin. But we understand this is sometimes easier said than done.
Adding simple self-care practices into your daily life can help significantly reduce stress. As lovers of the sea, we often recommend practising Blue Therapy, which is spending time in nature near blue spaces, such as lakes, rivers or the sea, as a form of self-care to reduce stress as it has a calming and soothing effect on our minds.
But if you can’t get to a blue space, having a skin and self-care routine using Dead Sea salt water can help you relax and reduce acne symptoms at the same time.
Dead Sea salts are known for their naturally antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a saviour for adult or teenage skin prone to breakouts.
If you have never tried Dead Sea products for your skin, our skin therapists have put together this bespoke Acne Skin Health bundle to try.
Psoriasis, Eczema and Stress
Stress can cause the production of inflammatory cytokines, which can trigger psoriasis flare-ups, and stress can also cause the release of histamine, a chemical that triggers allergic reactions, leading to eczema flare-ups.
Stress management techniques such as deep breathing, or other relaxation techniques can help you reduce stress levels and limit the severity of both psoriasis and eczema flare-ups.
But also try a soothing bath using Dead Sea salts. Containing 21 different minerals including magnesium (to soothe, protect, repair and rebalance) and potassium (to rebalance moisture levels), the antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of Dead Sea salts make this ideal to help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
How to maintain healthy skin
Managing stress is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. By engaging in relaxation techniques, practising good sleep habits, eating a healthy diet, being around blue spaces and taking the time to exercise, you can reduce stress levels and, in turn, reduce the severity and frequency of acne, psoriasis, and eczema flare-ups.
Additionally, it's essential to keep your skin moisturised and protected from the sun's harmful rays, as dry skin can make these conditions worse. Take control of your skin health by managing your stress levels and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, your skin will thank you.
How Sea Magik can help you with eczema and psoriasis
We're experts in problem skin types and were the first company to create a range of Dead Sea mineral natural healing products for acne, eczema and psoriasis.
We've brought together a selection of Sea Magik products to help you weave Blue Therapy into your daily routine, helping you with dry skin, prone to eczema and psoriasis.
Our Blue Therapy Self-Care set contains:
- Dead Sea Spa Salts 1kg
- Epsom Spa Salts 1kg
- Refreshing Bath and Shower Gel 300ml
- Silky Smooth Body Lotion 300ml
Get the ultimate Blue Therapy Self-Care set for £20, saving you ⅓ compared to buying products individually.