We are not programmed to deal with chronic levels of stress.
Palaeolithic stress would have come in short, sharp bursts. This is when our fight or flight response would have kicked in and diverted valuable resources around the body to resolve a life or death situation.
Now, stress can last for hours, days or even months at a time, and we weren’t built for this.
The body’s adrenal glands secretes the stress hormone adrenaline and cortisol which gets the blood pumping, heart racing and the mind into a state of high alert. This system worked when stress was a fleeting occurrence, but not now that it’s often a part of everyday life.
High cortisol levels cause flushing and redness, persistent low-grade inflammation that can lead to premature ageing and an increased skin temperature. Over time stress can change the skin’s moisture balance, affecting the skin barrier function and triggering inflammatory diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatitis.
Chronic stress may be here to stay, but Adaptology is here to help with the Red Avert Range.