Is the face in that mirror a bit too old? Most of the time, this is your own perception of yourself. Health professionals call it to zoom face. The intense light and the strange angles can make you feel that way. The stress of the pandemic too may affect your skin. Quite naturally, your own perception of yourself changes accordingly.
What Is Ageing You? The Pandemic Or The Zoom Face?
Nowadays, people stare a lot on themselves during video calls.
Sometimes, a long-time patient of a doctor will come to him and say: “I lost one of my parents and I feel that I have aged a lot in this one year.” At a glance, the doctor understands that the year of pandemic has taken a toll on the patient’s physical health. The professional understands the mechanism. They call it stress-related ageing.
Stress adversely affects a person’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can have a toll on his skin.
Experts cite a 2010 study on the adverse effects of sleep-deprivation on the facial features of a person. People who suffered from sleep deprivation had those dark circles under their eyes. Their faces also looked more wrinkled than those who slept well.
Chronic pressure generates too much stress hormones. This inhibits the body’s ability to generate collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is the substance that prevents fine lines. Hyaluronic acid makes your skin soft and shiny. Stress also affects the normal functioning of the skin barriers. This leads to excess exfoliation and loss of water from the skin. As a result, it becomes wrinkled and dry. Incessant requests from patients to reverse ageing always keep doctors on their toes. Loss of hair and eczema are the other two side effects of stress.
The best way to care for your skin during the pandemic is to use a cycle; active nights and recovery nights. Apply anti-ageing products like steroids one night. You may also use prescription ointments for the purpose. But make sure that you follow a cycle. Don’t be too hard on your skin and destroy its protective barrier. During your recovery night, you should pamper your skin. You may use the products like sunflower seed oil or glycerin for the purpose. When doing so, you nourish your skin by boosting its natural ability to repair its barrier. The process also restores your skin’s healthy PH balance.
You may also use other creams, fillers or serums to protect your skin from ageing. But the smartest trick is to learn to manage stress. Lack of exercise and unhealthy dining habits aggravate the situation.
Be mindful of what goes to your mouth. When stressed out, people often go for processed foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Both impair your skin’s ability to generate collagen.
Include foods rich in antioxidants in your diet. They will protect your skin from harmful substances and will slow the process of aging.
Have a well-planned workout routine. Exercise improves your mood, motivates you and helps you make healthy choices. Exercise also boosts your body’s ability to take oxygenated blood to all its parts. Your skin is not an exception. The most beneficial among exercises, according to experts are rhythmic exercises like cycling, running or swimming. Exercise at least 15 minutes, at last three times a week.
Get a good night’s sleep. Your body generates growth hormones when in deep sleep. These hormones boost the production of fresh skin cells. This rejuvenates your skin. Your stress hormone is at the lowest when you sleep. Thus the best way to sleep better is to learn stress management techniques. Techniques like focused breathing and mindfulness too will work miracles here.