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Does Stress Make Wrinkles Worse?

A woman sits at a table overlooking a notebook with her hand held over her eyes.

Whether you’ve got a to-do list the size of Mount Everest or are dealing with something a bit more serious, stress can be a beast. And it can affect nearly every part of your body—including your skin.

Unfortunately, yes, stress could make wrinkles worse.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, our brains and our skin are connected—even if it doesn’t seem like they’d be. But when you think about it, things start to make sense. Since stress can affect other major systems like your digestive tract and nervous system, why shouldn’t it be able to impact your biggest organ—the skin?

Essentially, stress causes inflammation, and inflammation is not a friend to your complexion. It,  alongside the hormones it creates, breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin. This is what can exacerbate wrinkles.

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Hydration is key to helping prevent damage from stress.

Obviously, the best way to treat the skin’s stress response is to lower stress. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or self-care, reducing your stress levels is best, but your skin care matters as well. While common anti-aging ingredients like retinol are great, they take a while to work. You can use them to combat wrinkles, but while your skin is under duress, don’t forget about how important hydration is, too.

If you need something to help heal your skin, Faace’s Stress Faace Moisturizer could be what you need. It contains neurophroline, an ingredient that has been shown can block cortisol production and lead to the creation of a neuropeptide that helps protect collagen. While more research needs to be done on the ingredient, it certainly shows promise.

The moisturizer also includes niacinamide to promote even skin tone and brightness, glycerin to seal in hydration, and essential oils to nourish. If, however, you’re sensitive to fragrance or said essential oils, patch-test this moisturizer before using.

If you have been under stress and are starting to see a few extra wrinkles pop up, it might be time to invest in a self-care routine and take a bit of extra care of your skin.

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Shea Simmons is the Editor In Chief of LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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