When we’re stressed, from working 100mph and not eating properly, it shows on our skin. Whether you’re suffering from stress-induced blemishes or a dull looking complexion, you can be sure that cortisol is at work.
J&J skincare expert Rebecca Bennett explains: “The emotional and psychological stress that we can feel may cause an increase in the amount of cortisol circulating in the body. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, can increase inflammation and lead the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This may result in breakouts”.
It affects the ageing process too. Cortisol has been scientifically linked to breaking down collagen and elastin in your skin. So what can we do about it?
You’ve heard of turmeric – the major ingredient in curry powder, and have most probably cursed it for staining your kitchen cupboards. Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, Indian cuisine and in Ayurvedic remedies, the turmeric root is known for its; anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We’ve worked it into everything from our hollandaise, slathered over poached eggs on a hot buttered muffin to latte’s – the ultimate caffeine-free pick-me-up. Now, the multi-purpose powder has wound up in our skincare regime.
Can turmeric really help with stressed, spot-prone skin?
Rebecca Bennett says “Turmeric has been shown to have several beneficial effects on spot-prone skin, with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects”.
These benefits have inspired the development of the Clear and Soothe range from Neutrogena®. And no, the products won’t stain your skin or leave you smelling like last night’s curry – think more citrus spicy and woody notes.
We’re all guilty of using harsh, drying products on our skin in an effort to control breakouts. But as Rebecca Bennett explains, “these may stress and over-dry the skin making it red, sore and inflamed”. It’s far better, she says, “to manage spot-prone skin with a regular regime of gentle, soothing products”.
Helping to tackle spot prone, sensitive, combination or dehydrated skin, the turmeric-infused Clear & Soothe range includes; a facial cleanser, an oil-free gel moisturiser, jelly make-up remover and a toning mist. Kick start your skincare routine in 2020 with this multi-tasking wonder ingredient.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.