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Skin & Stress - Understanding The Mind-Skin Link

BY Love, Indus | PUBLISHED ON July 24, 2022

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Stress is an inevitable part of our fast-paced lives and yet many of us don’t take the time to address it or slow down.

The relationship between psychological stress and its effect on the body has been noticed since ancient times but recent studies and developments in this field have helped us understand the ‘Brain-Skin Connection’ a little better. This clinical research shows a large overlap between psychology and endocrinology.

We are aware of the fact that our skin is the primary receptor of external stressors like heat, cold, and pain but studies have now proven that the largest sense organ in our body also reacts in a similar manner to internal stressors which typically results in inflammation and immune responses.

Stress hormones, such as cortisol, lead to an excess of sebum being produced in your skin which then clogs your pores and leads to acne breakouts. Stress also weakens your skin’s natural barrier which then causes irritation, inflammation, and dryness due to loss of moisture from its surface. Stress hormones also reduce the natural production of lipids that are made by your epidermis leading to increased water loss from your skin. This can aggravate issues for those who suffer from acne, rosacea, and eczema to name just a few.

Stress is also known to weaken your body’s immune system thereby slowing down your skin’s self-healing process making it harder for it to repair the damage caused by acne and rashes. It also inhibits the stimulation of collagen which is an essential ingredient for your skin’s health. This then leads to loss of elasticity, sagging, wrinkles, and overall premature aging of your skin.

Stress and the health of your skin are highly interrelated. Stress causes your skin to erupt leading to even more stress - like adding fuel to feed the fire. So how are you supposed to break this endless chain?

There are many ways to combat the harmful effects that stress has on you. It begins with small but significant lifestyle changes that are not too hard to inculcate either - you just need to start somewhere.

Dealing with stress in one’s life is highly subjective. There is no standard recipe to avoid it but there are a few ways to prevent it from taking complete control over you.

Start by trying out different ways to tackle it and see what suits you best. Once you know what works well for you, you can build a wellness routine around it. This could include something as simple as taking a nice long walk or yoga to rejuvenate your body or perhaps indulging in a long-forgotten hobby. High quality, and sufficient, sleep also play a vital role in controlling stress and the health of your skin. The different ways to realign your body and mind are numerous. You just need to find the right fit.

While you find your way back onto the path of a life that throws stress out of the equation, do not forget to tend to your skin’s needs as well. Create a simple yet effective skincare routine with products that suit your skin type and its needs. Make sure you look at the ingredients to understand what you are putting on your skin and at the same time do not overwhelm your barrier either.

The main focus here is to improve skin strength by boosting its collagen and elastin-producing capabilities. The protein-rich Amrutini Collection is perfect for reviving your skin with its strengthening and rejuvenating ingredients. It is formulated with Golden Muga Silk which is a high-density polymer that helps in combating water loss from your skin along with copper peptides that boosts collagen production.

Apart from making changes to your diet and eating more healthy and nutritious food, another way to bring about your natural glow and release tension in your face would be to explore simple facial massage tools like a gua sha or jade roller. Strength training and exercises can also help in improving circulation, puffiness, inflammation, and dullness.

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A few of our products that you can incorporate in to your routine to help reverse the damage caused by stress include:

Your skin is a reflection of what you and your body feel - so heed its signals and take care of you!

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Amrutini® Collection

The Collection

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The Amrutini® collection consists of:
1 X Precious Potion Vital Cream (50ml): A daily-use, soft moisturizer
1 X True Brew Transforming Serum (30 ml): A daily-use, silky nectar
1 X Overnight Oasis Luminosity Dewdrops (30ml): An elixir that works while you sleep, to restore skin radiance and health.

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