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Could Lower Stress Levels Mean Better-Looking Skin?

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Published: January 15, 2022

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Have you ever wondered why you keep hearing that you should de-stress for your skin? Well, stress can have a powerful impact on every part of your body, especially your skin.

But have no fear! At Bionyx, we know a thing or two about skincare. Below, we’ll take a look at how stress can impact your skin and the steps that you can take, today, to lower your stress levels for a better-looking complexion. 

Why is Stress So Bad for Your Skin?

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Before we cover ways you can de-stress for your skin, let’s back up and discuss why exactly stress is so bad for your complexion.

Most of us have noticed that when we are stressed, we experience certain changes in our bodies. Perhaps our heart beats faster or loudly in our ears, we sweat profusely or have trouble sleeping at night. You may also notice that if you have important events approaching, an unexpected cause for concern, or are just plain busy, you experience visible signs of stress as well. 

Do you tend to break out with pimples? Does your face get puffy? Do you develop dark circles beneath your eyes? If so, you are likely wearing the signs of stress on your skin.

The changes you see in your reflection when you are under stress have to do with a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the body’s adrenal glands and is the boss of several important functions within your body. Cortisol also plays an important role in controlling inflammation throughout your body, including your skin. 

The thing is, when you’re stressed, your body produces more and more cortisol. While cortisol gives you a natural energy boost that improves your ability to handle potential stressors, it also can affect your body in negative ways both visible and invisible. 

The Effects of Stress on the Skin

High cortisol levels can raise your blood sugar levels. This can then, in turn, cause sugar molecules to bind to the protein molecules in your body. This, unfortunately, includes skin proteins collagen and elastin. When these molecules bind together, it results in tougher skin that lacks elasticity. This means new fine lines and wrinkles forming, your complexion revealing a loss of tautness and elasticity, and an overall speeding of skin aging. 

Stress has also been shown to impair the function of your skin’s barrier to the elements, like harmful UV rays, environmental pollutants, contaminants, irritants, and allergens. When your skin lacks a strong shield from these elements, they can break through your skin and wreak havoc on your newer, younger skin cells. This means dull, dehydrated, prematurely aging skin with dark spots, uneven tone, and patchy redness.

All in all, stress is bad news for your skin. But rest assured, at Bionyx, we’ve compiled a list of ways in which you can de-stress your skin for a firmer, more radiant appearance even during peak-stress moments. 

Maintain a Consistent Skin Care Routine

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It can be all too easy to neglect self-care during the hard, busy times in your life. But there’s no way around it; to de-stress for your skin, you must take good care of your skin. This doesn’t mean adding a complicated celebrity-recommended 20-step skincare regimen into your hectic schedule. 

It does mean adding a few essential products with high-quality, effective ingredients into a simple skin self-care routine, morning and night, rain or shine. A consistent skincare routine can go a long way to improve the look of your complexion. Plus, the self-care routine just might relax you.

A simple skincare routine that will make a huge difference in how your complexion looks and feels should include a cleanser, a daytime moisturizer, and a nighttime moisturizer. 

For an easy yet impactful skincare routine that will help to de-stress your skin, we recommend cleansing your skin with a lightweight yet rich face wash, such as our Milk Cleanser. You’ll also want to use a daytime moisturizer, like our Rhodium Essential Day Cream

And you don’t want to forget a nighttime moisturizer to restore the feel of your skin. We like our Rhodium Night Recovery Cream. It contains powerful vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that will smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving you with the look of renewed vitality.

Regular Exercise

The benefits of regular exercise cannot be underestimated. Beyond aiding in the relief of stress, exercise promotes better circulation. Good circulation strengthens your skin by aiding in the removal of harmful impurities and toxins that damage your complexion.

Your exercise of choice does not have to be anything complicated. In times of stress or a jam-packed schedule, a brisk walk around the block or your office complex will help relieve stress and increase circulation.

So that you can exercise without causing further stress to your skin, we recommend cleansing your skin. This will free your pores of any build-up of dead skin cells, makeup, dirt, and oil. We suggest our Milk Cleanser. It’s a luxurious face wash we’ve designed to thoroughly cleanse even the most sensitive skin. Formulated with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Jojoba, and Musk Oils, a quick, gentle cleaning with this cleanser will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft.

Do What You Love

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While your jam-packed schedule may make you scoff at the suggestion of having enough time to incorporate the activities you love, taking just 10 minutes of your day to spend some time doing what you love can help ease your stress immeasurably. Research has shown that when you engage in activities that bring you joy, whether it’s taking a walk, talking on the phone, or bird watching, you will lower your stress levels, heart rate, and improve your mood. 

If what you love is to feel pampered, you might enjoy our Platinum Transformative Thermal Mask. It provides a spa-like treatment for your skin. The ingredients in this mask allow it to gently warm your skin while purifying the feel of your complexion, leaving it looking velvety soft and glowing. 

Practice Mindful Breathing

While you may be thinking that breathing is the one thing you don’t have to worry about during stressful times, the act of paying attention to this basic function of your body during stressful situations has been shown to drastically reduce stress.

When you are feeling overwhelmed, you often forget proper breathing techniques that can mean more oxygen entering your system. This oxygen inevitably makes its way to the skin.

When things just aren’t going your way, life presents challenges, or you find yourself in over your head, practice proper breathing techniques. Take a deep breath and then exhale slowly, for at least five to ten seconds. Repeat as needed.

Reduce Triggers of Stress

Another strategy to de-stress for your skin is to tackle and reduce what is triggering your stress. As with many of us, you may find that your life is riddled with demands that act as stressors, and a lack of time to address these demands.

However, many of the demands in our lives we have chosen and taken on for ourselves. You can free up some much-needed mental space and time in your day by taking an inventory of the current demands that are leaving you stressed and asking yourself if they can be eliminated, reduced, or adjusted. Strategies such as asking for help, prioritizing, organizing, pacing yourself, and self-care are paramount for reducing the impact of the triggers of stress in your life and revealing healthier-looking skin to boot.

Use Skincare Products That Soothe the Feel of the Skin

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Stress can cause inflammation in your skin that is almost as detrimental to that caused by UV rays. When you are under stress, it can result in inflammation throughout your body but also an imbalance of bacteria in your gut. This imbalance can manifest itself externally in the form of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, pimples, puffiness, and red patches. Stress can also exacerbate any existing inflammatory skin conditions, leading to flare-ups.

If you are experiencing these signs of skin inflammation caused by the effects of stress, take control of your complexion by incorporating products that soothe the feel of your skin into your daily skincare regimen. 

For this method to de-stress your skin, we recommend our Alloy Magnetic Synergy Mask. It’s a product that can be used weekly to restore the feel of your stressed complexion. This mask delivers noticeable results and packs a powerful punch of ingredients that can help return your skin to its pre-stress appearance. Some of the superstars that you’ll find in this mask include:

About Bionyx

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At Bionyx, we bring our customers a luxurious range of products that help them to treat their skin concerns and experience transformational results. The ingredients we use in all of our skincare products support our belief that skincare isn’t just a necessary part of your day; it gives your complexion the pampering it needs and is something that you can look forward to.

Our special star ingredient here at Bionyx is Colloidal Platinum. Why Platinum? It has the power to fortify the feel of the skin, leaving it looking refreshed, rejuvenated, and years younger.

As the purveyors of products infused with our star ingredient, Colloidal Platinum, it’s our goal to promote a lifestyle that includes self-care through skincare, even during times of stress. 


It’s a well-known fact that stress can have a powerful effect on your skin. To de-stress for your skin, you’ll need to begin making healthy choices and commit to a skincare routine that includes high-quality products that deliver results. 

At Bionyx, we have the skincare products you need to maintain a beautiful complexion that feels strong and healthy in times of stress. Click here to explore more of our platinum-infused formulas.

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