When our bodies are exposed to a threat of any kind, a Fight or Flight mode is triggered. Our nervous system flips into action and produces larger quantities of Cortisol, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline – chemicals that give our body the ability to survive difficult situations.
Research has shown that an increased production of these stress hormones contributes to breaking down collagen in our skin. When this happens, things go downhill, quite literally. Loss of collagen and elastin causes premature wrinkles, sagging, bags under your eyes, dryness, and dullness.
The more stress we’re under, the more cortisol is produced.
This doesn’t even include the lifestyle changes that have emerged during this year. The extreme levels of life’s uncertainty has further manifested in lack of sleep, poor diet, reduced exercise/movement, time outdoors, and a degree of screen-time as never seen before.
The pandemic has gifted us with a whole array of skin problems but limited options to seek aesthetic treatments and procedures.