Negating the impact of cortisol on the skin
Q: How can I negate the impact of cortisol on the skin?
Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone and helps to regulate motivation and sleep. But Stress Awareness Month is highlighting cortisol's link to anxiety and stubborn fat, which shows on the skin. Here's how to help clients negate the impact...
We’ve long been aware that stress can have a negative physical impact on our bodies and now we’re more aware of the effect cortisol can have on our skin. This includes inflammation and dehydration, which leads to signs of premature ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Symptoms can vary from one person to the next. If you think about how clients’ skin looks when they’re back from holiday, then – aside from a tan – it is often in its best shape due to vitamin D, sleep-related regeneration, and an absence of everyday stress and excess cortisol.
The best way to help clients combat the negative effects of cortisol is via products with cortisol-calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Marjoram leaf extract helps activate the skin’s fibroblasts, which work to calm cortisol, while wild indigo extract is an anti-stress active that helps to break down cortisol from external stressors.
It also stimulates the natural release of beta-endorphins, which are calming neuro-peptides. Nextgeneration skincare products like QMS Medicosmetics EpiGen Daily Detox Serum and new EpiGen Overnight Sleeping Mask work on these principles.
Rowan Hall-Farrise is head facialist and educator at QMS Medicosmetics, the professional spa and salon skincare brand known for its collagen treatments.