I don’t think many people would argue against the view that official statistics show that stress levels are on the increase. Whilst a lot is said about stress and its negative effects on our physical and mental well-being, often the effects of stress on the skin are overlooked.

Stressed skin can be red, irritated, reactive, subject to breakouts and premature ageing

Psychological stress arises when we feel that the pressure we’re under exceeds our ability to cope with it. The Hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in the brain, triggers the release of hormones e.g. adrenaline, and cortisol and is part of our primal fight or flight response.