Crying and your Skin
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Have you been a little more tearful due to skyrocketing stress levels—does this mean we should try being more diligent about our skincare routine?
If you do find yourself tearful as a result of stress, it is important to take an extra moment for understanding the role your skin care routine can be essential.
First off, crying will cause irritation and swelling from salty tears being wiped away or drying on the skin. Hydrating and protecting your skin to replenish the lost volume from salt pulling moisture out of the skin will help reduce irritation.
The other key benefit to stepping up your skin care routine is the simple fact that this time you take for yourself can help reduce stress levels and calm your nerves. A skincare routine is truly just about you- it is focused on your well being!
Are there some of benefits that crying can have on our skin? What is the mechanism behind how one leads to the other?
The salt in tears can likely benefit the skin by drying out extra oil or sebum and potentially killing bacteria on the skin that can cause acne.
Are there ways crying can harm our skin? What is the mechanism behind how one leads to the other?
What are the best ways to care for your skin after crying, section-by-section, and what makes each step so important?
How is it best to care for this area after crying?
Is it safe to say that any reason for crying (grief, heartbreak, sadness, etc.) can ultimately be boiled down to emotional stress, and your body trying unload the excess stress levels swirling around your body?
Crying can be considered a manifestation of both physical and/or emotional stress on the body. In the absence of these stresses, crying can also be a symptom of irritation to the eyes directly such as a corneal abrasion, foreign object or other irritation that can lead to the development of tears. Reflexive tears in response to irritation may contain antibodies as a defense mechanism against potential infectious agents. Emotional tears contain proteins and possible hormones as well.
Besides salt, what do emotional tears contain? Are there proteins and/or hormones that might be beneficial to skin?
What is the mechanism behind how the salt in tears can throw the fluid equilibrium of the skin off balance?
The fluid equilibrium of the skin can be thrown off balance from tears by two main factors. The first is the volume of tears produced overwhelms the drainage system through the lacrimal duct. The overflow of tears accumulates in the soft tissue around the eyes. The second mechanism involved is osmosis of water from the ‘hypotonic' tears to the ‘hypertonic’ fluid in the soft tissue around the eyes.
What is the mechanism behind how crying causes puffiness/swelling of the eyes and face?
Does the salt in tears help oily skin types by potentially drying out excess oil, is this relatable at all to exposure to salt water from the ocean?
What causes the increased pressure that results in flushed cheeks as you are crying?
Do you have any post-cry moisturizer and eye cream recommendations?
Another simple trick is to take your facial moisturizer and stick it in the refrigerator before applying to the skin. The coolness of the cream will lead to vasoconstriction to reduce facial swelling.
Ponds Cold Cream can be a very effective option for this as well as our AmberSkinCare Cucumber Herbal Eye Gel.