Holiday Stress Signals

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As joyful as they are, the holidays can bring with them quite a bit of stress. And if you’re feeling frazzled, it’ll show—even if you try to hide it.

Skin can be a visible gauge of stress levels.

Since our bodies make more of certain hormones, such as cortisol, in response to stress, breakouts and other skin reactions can flare up when we feel harried. Some existing skin conditions, like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema, can be exacerbated as well when the pressure it on. Another place stress can make an appearance is the eyes in the form of dark circles and puffiness. Dr. Colgrove recommends making sure you stay well hydrated, drinking 1 to 2 liters of water a day, as a way to keep eyes looking fresh and bright. Keeping salt intake down (which can be a challenge this time of year with all the goodies everywhere), makes a big difference as well, since it reduces water retention. As you enjoy the bustle of the holidays, check in with yourself often to measure how stressed you’re feeling. If you feel tension creeping in, take some time to give yourself the care and attention you need. Exercise, rest, quiet time and relaxing activities are important to incorporate balance into the hubbub of the holidays. Our skincare experts have many ways to help you refresh your skin this season. Give us a call at 770-955-9000 to schedule an appointment today.

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