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Skin Care 101: Handling Stress


If there is a silent killer, it would be stress. It can take over your body, relationship, career and everything in between if left unresolved or unattended. Singaporeans are not immune to stress. It is normal but some choose to handle it better. It is high time that you learn how to handle it in case you are worried of the things that it can do with your body.


It is not new that stress can affect the whole body from the skin to the nails and hairs. Speaking of skin, when you are stressed, the body will release chemicals that will make the skin reactive and more sensitive. If stress is always there, no matter medical treatments, the skin will have hard time to heal. Blame cortisol and other hormones.

When cortisol is released to the system, it can direct the sebaceous glands to generate more oil. You already know that, oily skin is prone to acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and other skin problem. You already have a present skin care treatments but because of stress, it will aggravate more skin problems. If you can contain it, better but for those who cannot, they feel embarrassed and keep to themselves – that is like adding more insult to injury.

Here are some ways to handle stress as part of your skin care treatment:


  • Do exercise: When you think about exercise, it will bring you lots of unpleasant memories. The cramps and the sweat are unpleasant but if you realize the miracle it can do, you will always exercise. It is time that you get regular exercise. It can be an effective way to handle stress plus it can make the body healthier.


  • Follow that regimen: It is important that you establish a skin regimen. The least that you can do for your skin is to take care of it. Even if you are stressed and tired, always follow your regimen. Do not let any disorder rise above your skin care treatment. For better ideas, you can always ask your dermatologists.


  • Get sleep: Things tend to worsen if you have no sleep. Depriving yourself of sleep is actually counterproductive. Sleep for at least eight hours and they will see you glow.


  • Train yourself for stress management techniques: It is better to seek for professional help through counsellors but if you think you know your body well, you should make sure to practice stress management techniques like yoga, breathing exercises and meditation. If that is not enough, seek for someone. Sometimes it is better to have someone you can share things with.


The Common Skin Care Ingredient That’s Drying Your Skin

People nowadays are more cautious on what they put on their skin. We tend to look for the ingredients of a beauty product before purchasing the item to guarantee that our skin remains healthy and beautiful.

We usually steer clear of products involving the term “alcohol” in order to avoid drying the skin. What’s more alarming is that alcohol not only dries the surface of the skin. In order to destroy bacteria, it breaks the protective barrier of the skin. This barrier is needed to protect the essential nutrients our skin needs to stay healthy. This means, it is not only drying but also damaging to the skin.

Usually indicating the presence of ethanol, the term alcohol is used as a generic term. It is a short chain molecule that when in contact with the skin, is likely to cause irritation and dryness. Alcohol also strips the skin of all its natural oils and when this happens, the skin becomes even more oily and blemished.


However, we should not be afraid of using products with the word alcohol in the label. There are types of alcohols, called fatty alcohols that are not doing anything harmful to our skin. Fatty oils such as stearyl alcohol, and cetyl alcohol are derived from oils and fats, and can be really good for keeping the skin hydrated. These are usually used as emollients and thickening agents in skin care products.

The kinds of alcohols that we should avoid are as follows: ethyl alcohol, isopropyl, ethanol, simple alcohol, etc.