Cortisol: what it is and how it affects the skin if produced in excess
It is known as stress hormone and produced in high levels can damage the skin.
If you have been following us for some time, you probably already know what cortisol is, why it is produced and the consequences of overproduction
Cortisol is the «stress hormone». It is produced in the adrenal glands and acts as a neurotransmitter in our brain, especially when we experience difficult or stressful situations.
When cortisol levels are balanced our organs and systems function in harmony. But when the hormone remains high it can have very negative effects on the functions of cells throughout the body and consequently on the skin.
We recommend the ideal neurocosmetics for each consequence
Wrinkles and flaccidity
Cortisol decreases the production of collagen and elastin and therefore favours the appearance of wrinkles, expression lines and flaccidity, the main signs of skin ageing. The perfect formula for skin that suffers from wrinkles is the one that combines the Serum Booster Lifting and the Face Cream for Dry Skin.
Cortisol weakens the skin and disrupts the skin’s microbiota. If your skin is or is sensitive, we recommend that you use specific products that are not aggressive and gently repair the effects of stress and external factors on your skin, such as the Serum Booster Repairing and Anti-stress: Formulated especially for sensitive, stressed and reddened skin, with moisturising, regenerating and calming active ingredients, which soften the skin and restore its comfort and well-being.
The excess of this hormone dehydrates the skin and reduces the capacity to retain water, so it is important to provide extra hydration with moisturising products in fluid textures. In this respect, the Serum Booster Repairing and Anti-stress is also recommended.
When we suffer from stress and consequently produce more cortisol, cell renewal costs more and toxins and dead cells build up and dull the skin tone. Radiance is a healthy and beautiful skin feature that we all like to promote. Serum Booster Anti-spots plays a crucial role in helping to even out skin tone and improve skin radiance.
Cortisol can cause excess oil and pimples to appear as a result of stress because the microbiota is altered. And that added to the fact that the continued use of protective masks has increased the cases of maskné (acne caused by the use of the mask) leads us to recommend the Serum Booster Pore Minimizer, which also reduces oil, shine and mattifies the skin. You can combine it with the Oily Skin Facial Cream.
THE COMMON ELEMENT IN ALL FACIAL ANTI-STRESS PRODUCTS
Neurophroline is a biological stress inhibitor ingredient and fights the signs of facial stress in the skin. Its origin is natural, as it is an extract based on Tephrosia purpurea (a plant native to India – a natural ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine)
Concentrated formulas for specific needs, with Neurophroline™, help reduce cortisol production* in skin cells by 70% in 2 hours.
This powerful active ingredient:
- Blocks the production of cortisol by skin cells.
- Activates the release of calming neuropeptides.
- Stimulates the synthesis of b-endorphins, improving skin comfort as well as redness.
- Improves skin tone and appearance in two weeks.
- It has a high detoxifying and antioxidant power
- It increases by up to +163% the amount of beta-endorphin released by the cells, a relaxing and pain-relieving peptide.