Cushies see their bodies morph in dramatic ways as the body responds to high cortisol.
- Fat appears on the belly and abdomen.
- Stretch marks appear on abdomen, chest, arms and legs.
- Acne and blemishes flare up on the face and even on the back for some.
- Hair grows on women in places typically reserved only for men.
- Straight hair goes wonky curly and curly hair goes straight.
In addition, the skin goes through major changes. It dulls and fades. It bruises easily. Even small wounds take a long time to heal. On the occasions I wanted to wear and felt I needed to wear make up, it just doesn't look right on me anymore. Quel horreur!
I remember my Movie Star Complexion phase of my 20s. I looked really nice then. Once a year, I would walk up to the Clinique or Mac counters bare-faced with no make up. The beauty consultant and I would choose everything from foundation, eye concealer, and powder to eye shadow, liner, and mascara. Lipstick and lip liner were necessary bonuses. That consultant talked through my colors and helped me choose what might look good on me. When I felt that I needed an extra sumpin' sumpin' to the whole shebang, skin care products would just mysteriously find their way into the shopping bag. An hour-and-a-half and $150 later, I walked out with a new face. Walking out of the mall, I was beaming. For weeks and months after that, I felt a little recharged and more confident. Add well chosen clothes and I felt pulled together. In those days, I was a professional working woman.
Since the start of my Cushie days, I haven't been able to work. Regardless, when I was really feeling low, I would go through the motions of the same comforting process -- clearly without the same success. I'd take my usual fun trip to the make up counter, spoke to the consultant who applied the make up and together, we decided it looked all right. I reluctantly went along, because when I would apply the make up at home, it just never looked right. It couldn't fix the dullness that laid upon my real skin like a layer of sludge. My make up bag sits way up high in my daughter's bathroom. I've used in three times in a year. I think.
My next step was to stop wearing make up all together. One, I was too exhausted to stand up and put it on; two, I wasn't going anywhere that often; and three, the make up no longer made me look or feel better. In fact, I felt it made me look worse. So hurting my back, hips and legs to apply make up that didn't even make me look better-- yeah-- easy to drop that daily ritual. Yet still, my skin has no brightness, no shine, no life.
Recent blog posts relay the impact of stress on the general population. The articles I've shared broadened my understanding the reasons behind the damage that cortisol has on each type of cells it takes on. These details are fascinating to me, and I am pleased to share them with my readers.
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The Effects of Stress on your Complexion