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Skin fatigue

Fatigue or tiredness can take a toll on the skin both directly and indirectly. Read more...




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What are some ways that fatigue can manifest on the skin?

We can all relate to those times when we haven’t had much rest and we get dark circles under our eyes. The overall ‘sunken’ look of dark under-eye circles, ‘hollowing’ of the cheeks, and dry skin can accompany this. Most of this is a result of dehydration that accompanies tiredness. Although it's true that dehydration can make us tired or feel fatigued, there is research that shows that lack of sleep also causes us to be dehydrated. There was a medical study that showed that people who do not sleep long enough do not get the same amount of vasopressin released in their bodies. This hormone is responsible for controlling our water balance.

The indirect way fatigue can affect our skin is through our nervous system. There is evidence that those that have chronic fatigue syndrome, for example, have abnormal responses to temperature- shivering, sweating, feeling flush – and can also have changes in the appearance of their skin hue that comes with this.



What types of skin care products are best to use in managing skin fatigue?

Skin care products that focus on the hydration of the skin work best to reduce the appearance of exhaustion in the skin. By hydrating the superficial layers of skin, we add more turgor to reduce the hollowing and sunken appearance of the skin. By improving the skin’s overall quality we can effectively improve its ability to function to regulate body temperature as well.

  1. Argan oil is a cold-pressed oil rich in triglycerides. It works well to enter the superficial layers of the epidermis to hydrate effectively as well as activate a hormone in the skin that triggers the creation of fat or natural lipids in the skin that secure our skin.

  2. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the skin. HA can attract and retain moisture in the skin. It may get into the very superficial layer of the epidermis to retain some moisture to make the skin look less wrinkled because it’s more hydrated.

  3. Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, is an important anti-oxidant for the skin. An anti-oxidant is something that protects cells from damage. Vitamin E applied topically can penetrate the skin effectively since it is a fat-soluble product. When it penetrates the skin it can make the superficial skin layers more hydrated to prevent dry skin that can lead to eczema.

  4. Lactic acid is another ingredient that can improve the skin’s hydration. It can be found in some moisturizers. It helps by holding moisture in the skin, stimulates collagen, and can improve the overall appearance of the skin.


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