I know this is coming so late but it just clicked that I never posted any news of the reviews on AfroRoots Naturals Hair Products on here. You can still find them on all social media though! So the first AfroRoots Naturals Hair Products review is by Lipglossmaffia.
She has got relaxed hair which received much nature love from AfroRoots Naturals. Read the post here.
Hello readers, so as promised, this post is about how stress can affect the appearance of the skin. As outlined in a previous post, stress helps us to handle pressing situations and is not bad or harmful in itself. The detrimental effects of stress comes from the prolonged exposure to stressful conditions.
Image from Chen and Lyga, 2014 The effect of stress hormones on the skin
The diagram above, shows the biochemical pathway within the body in response to stress. The pituitary and hypothalamus (structures within the brain), release hormones that exert their effects on the skin cells (amongst cells of other organs and tissues).
Prolonged stress can manifest in the appearance of the skin in ways listed below:
Wrinkles: When cortisol is released, sugar levels in the blood can increase, which, in a continual flow, can cause such things as diabetes. On the skin, it encourages a process called glycation, a stress effect on the skin that damages collagen, hardening it, increasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Stress can also induce overeating, which can cause similar effects due to the elevation of blood sugar levels. This can be seen in cases of acanthosis nigricans, in which areas of thickened skin with hyperpigmentation are prominent. Acanthosis nigricans are often seen in the neck, groin, knees, elbows, knuckles, etc.
Dryness: Another stress effect on the skin is dry skin, which has to do with cortisol yet again. In this case, cortisol decreases the skin’s natural production of compounds like hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer found in young, healthy skin tissue. It can also damage the skin’s protective qualities that allow it to keep hydration levels up. When these things are compromised, the skin, as an effect of stress, becomes dry, damaged and susceptible to the elements.
Dullness: Another major way that stress effects the skin is by affecting the complexion. When stressed, our bodies also produce adrenaline, which is helpful if you’re out in the woods running from a predator, but, in daily life, it only can hurt. When adrenaline is present, blood flow to the skin is decreased, taking important nutrients (most importantly, oxygen) away from the skin. This allows for toxins to build up, a step that leads many types of skin to develop cellulite as well. Reduced vascular perfusion can lead to poor proliferation of skin cells and reduced production of intrinsic skin moisturising factors.
Acne: Stress hormones can upregulate sebum production in the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Although it was mentioned earlier that stress can cause dry skin; you would probably doubt this, but oily skin can also be dry. Dryness is as a result of reduced moisture levels and not oil. Trapped dirt and excess oils can turn to those pesky raised bumps full of the nasties!
Inflammation: Stress hormones can exacerbate and prolong inflammatory diseases like eczema, psoriasis, rashes, itching, etc.
In the next post in the series, I will outline a few ways to handle stress. So stay tuned!
How does stress show up on your skin?
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Before we proceed, please head on to this post to read a full review by AB of the Kinkandi. The post also comes with a coupon for a whooping 10% off till the 10th day of October, 2017. The AfroRoots Naturals line of hair product has received many more positive feedback. Follow @thenaijaformulator and @afro_roots_naturals on Instagram to see more.
To get the most put of your hair products, it is important to follow a healthy routine and use the right products correctly. Full AfroRoots Naturals line of Hair Products directions are given below.
Step 2: AfroRoots Naturals rinse out conditioner. Apply this to hair and detangle gently. Gives great slip. Contains moisturising and strengthening oils, butters and extracts to give structure to your hair strands, preventing breakage. Rinse out completely.
Step 3: AfroRoots Naturals Leave in conditioner. Perfect for conditioning and moisturisation. A synergistic blend of phytocosmetic extracts to nourish and support your strands.
Step 4: AfroRoots Naturals Hair styling custard. If you want to go a step (or two!) further with conditioning, moisturisation and styling, then this is for you. Achieve beautiful, soft and defined twist outs, Bantu knot outs braid outs with this. The best part about this product is that many customers have found many more ways to use this. It has surpassed my expectations.
Step 5: AfroRoots Conditioning Hair Butter is made of a selection of hair growth oils and butters to condition and seal in moisture while also nourishing the hair. One of the essential steps in the LOC / LCO methods for adequate moisture retention for textured hair. Use this to seal in the AfroRoots Naturals Leave in conditioner, AfroRoots Naturals Hair Styling custard. It can also be used alone right after rinsing out the AfroRoots Naturals Rinse out conditioner.
Feel free to add to the steps listed. I have come across quite a few people that have used these products in unique ways! Let me know one (or two) new ways to use any of the AfroRoots Naturals line of products. To purchase, click here.