How Stress Affects Your Skin

How Stress Affects Your Skin
Stress can be reflected in our physical appearance. When in full health our skin appears smooth and soft, but when we are ill, blotches, acne and discolouration of our skin can become evident.

Stress causes a chemical called cortisol which makes our skin sensitive and reactive. Our bodies are constantly creating cortisol as it is critical for the regulation of our metabolism. An increase in cortisol after a stressful event can lead to a plethora of negative health effects.

The influence of stress on your skin can be self evident. Listed below are common effects of stress which can be seen through the condition of your skin.

Appearance of fine lines.

Telomeres protect our chromosomes and dictate how fast our cells age. Telomeres can reduce in people who are under stress and as the telomeres shorten, cells die or become damaged causing fine lines to appear that can age our appearance.

Puffiness.

Stress may lead to sleepless nights which can cause fluid to accumulate below your lower eyelid area, leaving your eyes to look puffy and swollen in the morning.

Acne.

Cortisol can stimulate excess oil to be produced in the glands of the skin. Excessive oil can cause the pores in your skin to “clog up” helping acne to thrive.

Dry skin.

When cortisol in the body increases, the skin’s ability to retain water becomes damaged. High levels of anxiety can deplete your skin’s natural moisture, resulting in dry, flaky skin.

Redness.

Capillaries expand from the increased blood flow that occurs when under stress causing redness to the skin.

The body’s ability to heal slows down.

Some people say a little stress can be good for your body as it can help to keep your mind sharp and focused but too much stress diminishes your immune system leaving reduced resistance to illness.

Existing skin problems.

Stress can cause deterioration in existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Anxiety needs to be avoided if possible.

Ignoring daily skin care.

Try to care for your skin even when you feel below par. The anxiety will soon pass and your skin will improve.

We, at Life Should Be Beautiful, focus firmly on what YOU would like, we treat patients from all walks of life from media and TV personalities to business owners and homemakers. We are warm, welcoming and professional and we look forward to meeting you. Call us on 01329 832269 to schedule an appointment with us today.

Tips to Prevent Acne Breakout this Summer

Tips to Prevent Acne Breakout this Summer
Most people are looking forward to summer as this is the season they can bask in the sun while enjoying lazy beach days and festivals. However, between the hot, humid weather and all those sweat-inducing outdoor activities and pool chemicals, acne tends to flare up during the summer months.

Heat and humidity intensify oil production, which leads to having clogged pores. When the hair follicles or the skin pores become clogged with oil, acne is formed.

To help you avoid missing out on summer fun for the sake of a clear complexion, we gathered up some tips to prevent acne breakout this summer:

Avoid heavy makeup

Because you tend to sweat more in the warmer months, use makeup and cosmetics sparingly. Applying heavy makeup especially foundations often lead to acne breakouts as these products tend to clog your skin pores and irritate your skin. If need be, make it as minimal as you could and always opt for light and organic products. Make sure you remove them and wash your face before going to bed as well.

Make use of a good toner

During the summer, your pores get clogged by dead skin cells that were dried by the sun. To allow your new skin to reproduce faster, choose a good toner and use it in the morning and every night.

Don’t over-exfoliate

During the summer months, over-exfoliating strips everything from your pores including its important natural oils, which can lead to excess drying, irritation and breakouts. If you’re toning on a regular basis, exfoliating isn’t really necessary.

Use blotting paper

Using your fingers to rub away excess oil only adds unwanted bacteria to your skin. Rather than using bathroom paper towels or your hands to wipe your extra shiny and greasy skin, consider using oil-blotting sheets.

Try a salicylic acid cleanser

Using a salicylic acid fights acne by dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells together in the clogged pores. Salicylic acid can also be found in aspirin which means that it can have a calming effect by reducing your acne’s inflammation. Moreover, a good salicylic acid peel helps tighten pores and just refresh the skin in a way that gives you an instant glow.

Deep clean

You tend to sweat a lot when you are out in the hot sun. Whilst sweating keeps your skin cleansed naturally, it needs to be wiped off at regular intervals in order to prevent acne breakouts as sweat contains toxins and impurities. Make it a habit to always wash your face and take a shower after a long hot day.

Avoid stress

Stress has been proven to trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Try and reduce stress. Stress management helps with the neutralisation of the acid that’s created when you have stress. Yoga and exercise improve your skin and boost metabolism or even taking a walk outside could actually help.

Follow a healthy diet

Most of us tend to increase the intake of sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, and snack foods during the summer months. Instead of snacking on artificially sweetened foods like doughnuts, why not opt for fruits that are in season to get your fair intake of sweets. Veggies are also vital sources of antioxidants, vitamins and other essential nutrients that not only erase the signs of acne and heal acne-ridden skin but also work wonders for your overall health.

Drink plenty of water

Using harsh products or not moisturising enough can send oil glands into overdrive increasing shine and potential breakouts. When your skin is overproducing oil, then this means that it is dehydrated. Water flushes out toxins and other impurities from your system and keeps your skin cleansed and hydrated.

Life Should Be Beautiful’s focus is firmly on what YOU would like and we treat patients from all walks of life and for any reason, from media and TV personalities to business owners and homemakers. We are warm, welcoming and professional and we look forward to meeting you. Call us on 01329 832269 to schedule an appointment with us today.

What causes age spots

Age spots are considered skin blemishes, also known as ‘liver spots’. They are flat (rather than raised) brown, grey or black spots the same texture as the rest of your skin that are caused by an excess production of melanin or skin pigment.

They can occur typically on the face, the back of the hands, the shoulders, upper back and on the forearms. They are perfectly harmless and do not pose a health problem. However, not everybody likes the appearance of age spots.

If you think you have dark spots on the skin always have a doctor or dermatologist check them and confirm that they are age spots and not cancerous or some other abnormality.
Doctors aren’t certain why age spots develop, but it is generally recognised that you can actually get them regardless of age, sex or race. People who are more likely to get them though are those that are over 40 years old, fair-skinned, have a history of frequent sun exposure and those that have regularly used tanning beds.

If you’re not happy with your appearance, there are treatments available to get rid of age spots, each carrying varying degrees of effectiveness.

There are bleaching creams available which will fade the age spot over several months. However, apart from the timescale, these creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage. And that means wearing sunscreen at all times during treatment, even on cloudy days.

Medical treatments are available. One is an intense pulsed light treatment where a range of light waves is passed through the age spot to destroy or break up the melanin.
Another is the chemical peel which removes the outer layer of skin so new unblemished skin can grow and replace the spot.

Or there’s dermabrasion, which simply smooths off the outer layers of skin that will then be naturally restored with unblemished skin cells.

Lastly, what we recommend is a procedure involving the freezing of the age spot. This is cryotherapy, which is applied using a pen-like instrument, which we use also to effect skin tag removal. It’s very quick (using 5 to 30 seconds applications) and only induces slight discomfort akin to a mild nettle sting.

Whichever procedure you opt for, always make sure you wear sunscreen after a treatment to protect your healing skin from UV damage and to prevent the reoccurrence of the spots.

If you’d like to talk to us about removing age spots, do call or drop by and discuss how we can help you.

Perfecting that pout (Fillers)

Having a filler injection to plump up your lips has in recent times become as mainstream a procedure as teeth whitening. A trend that in the US began in earnest when people sat up and noticed the enhanced lips of reality TV celebrity and Kardashian family member, Kylie Jenner.

The 90s was the era of over-plucked eyebrows, the noughties a time of breast enlargements, but this decade is hotly becoming the age of lip enhancements. Google searches for lip treatment is actually 10 times higher this year than the figure from 2012. And in 2016, lip enhancement became the most popular non-surgical treatment.

The shape and volume of your lips is governed by your genetic code and by your age. Plus you are exposed to UV light and pollutants, particularly if you’re a smoker. A tendency towards volume reduction and less definition can noticeably affect the balance of the face.

Filler will transform your lips to give you that alluring pout. As it’s possible to administer the filler in finely metered quantities, the lips can be sculpted to even them up if irregular in shape as well as add volume. The effect is a more balanced look.

Younger girls who already have beautiful, youthful lips want to make more of a statement. They often want ‘fuller’, else they are more concerned with changing the shape to lend them a look they will feel happier with.

Other ladies, not so interested in the Kylie Jenner look, are opting instead for a natural aesthetic. They want their lips to be very natural and minimal, to improve the lip border and prevent lipstick bleed. Older patients often want to regain the lips they had in their youth.

Ladies of all ages are considering lip augmentation.

In order to achieve the perfect pout, it’s essential that you seek out the services of a professional. You should always ask a practitioner how many times they have performed the procedure. Though great places to go for a facial, don’t be tempted to get your lips done at a spa or a beauty salon.

We at Life Should Be Beautiful have a highly experienced team that can put your mind at rest when it comes to lip enhancement treatment. For first-time patients we would advise natural enhancement, increasing volume and shape dramatically while retaining a natural look over several treatments.

Do get in contact in the first instance and come see us for a consultation.

Why 10 years is a long time in terms of aging

A lot of exciting developments are happening in the field of anti-ageing studies that may bear fruit in the near future. For now though, there are means of recognising what happens to the skin decade on decade and what we can do at each stage to counteract the processes.

It was thought until recently that the skin’s signs of ageing happened all at once at the age of 35. However, it has been revealed that different cell processes change at each decade until the cumulative effects are evident.

Not all people age at the same rate due to different lifestyles and genetic makeup, but generally women in their early 20s experience a decline in the natural production of antioxidants protecting the cells from damage. Most people believe that the application of sun cream and moisturiser is enough. But this is actually the best time to begin using antioxidant products such as stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fruit acids.

In your 30s, your metabolism slows down. The skin is less efficient at creating collagen providing integrity, firmness and elasticity. The repair process is also diminished. To raise the skin’s energy levels, you can take niacinamide (Vitamin B3) supplements.

At age 40, the skin cell processes are starting to lag. This is when the cells’ powers of division and growth is impaired, the time when the natural life cycle of skin cells is arrested. This can affect your complexion in many ways. To counteract these effects, retinol, glycolic acid and peptides are recommended.

Menopause usually occurs in the mid-50s. This is when the skin barrier weakens, causing the skin to dry and become less able to stay hydrated. Rich moisturisers are recommended, including oils and petrolatum.

By the time you reach your 60s, typically all of the ageing processes accelerate dramatically. Fortunately there are interventions you can bring into play even at this age. Exercise particularly. It has been proven in studies that the protein structure of skin can be revitalised by taking up aerobic exercise. Jogging or cycling twice a week can actually transform the skin of a 65 year-old so that it more closely resembles that of 20 to 40 year-olds!

Of course, we’re not able to turn back the clock and nourish the skin at each of the stages of life mentioned above. We understand that you will want to consider in tandem with healthier living, simple procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox, to achieve a younger appearance. We’re here to offer you a consultation.