How Does Stress Affect Your Skin? Talking Anti Stress Skincare

Your hitting your late 20’s/early 30’s and your starting to notice fine lines and small wrinkles that weren’t there before. You panic.

You feel your life is all work and no play, your tired, in fact your exhausted, you feel over worked and under paid, you’ve missed a deadline for a presentation, you only caught 5 to 6 hours sleep last night, you forgot about your lunch break so now your snacking on crap and you’re on your 3rd cup of coffee just to keep you awake and get you through the day.

You’ve not nearly drunk enough water, you’ve run out of time to get to the gym and all you want to do when you get home is crack open a bottle of wine and unwind with a hot bubble bath.

You’re in a vicious circle and now have developed a routine and in the definition of insanity you repeat this daily routine thinking it may go away, but it doesn’t.

You know you want this to change because your starting to see that this vicious circle is taking its toll on your appearance.

Your skin looks discoloured, inflamed, dry, you have puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles and seem to have aged 10 years in 3 months.

This ladies and gentlemen is called stress. A little stress never hurt anyone they say, but when stress gets on top and your emotional and mental health starts to deteriorate, so does your skin! It’s time to break the cycle!

Let me break this down for you in the same way stress breaks down your protein building blocks, in a simple and easy to understand form so you can truly understand how stress affects you and your skin.

Stress in my mind is the biggest thing that we forget about when it comes to the ageing process and our daily skin care routine. It’s time to make it the priority management task. Why?

Skin is the biggest living organism on the human body. Each person has dermal and epidermal layers of their skin. Beneath the epidermal layers are what’s called the fibre blast cells and these little bad boys basically help produce collagen and elastin which are the buildings blocks to keeping healthier and younger looking skin.

Over time, as you begin to age, these cells start to wear out and as they do, so does the production of collagen and elastin, that’s how fine lines and wrinkles are formed. Imagine coupling this with stress?

So, when your stressed, your body produces a natural adrenalin and hormone called ‘cortisol’.

Cortisol has many actions depending on what types of cells it’s working on.

It can control the body’s blood sugar levels in other words metabolism, it can act as an anti-inflammatory, it influences water and salt levels and blood pressure.

In times of added stress, extra cortisol is produced to help the body respond to certain situations. But this causes many problems and ultimately disrupts all of the above.

High levels of cortisol prompt certain glands in the skin causing an excess in the production of sebum oil, which blocks the skins pores and creates bacteria and inflammation resulting in acne.

High stress levels can also cause psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.

When your body produces cortisol, it’s a little like going to the gym, stress sits in the belly and prevents fat burning.

Training and personal exercise produces endorphins and boosts your serotonin levels which makes you feel good, combats stress and your body goes in to fat burn. This is good for you right?

This process works in the same way with your skin. Why aren’t you training your skin in the same way you are training your body?

When your stressed and you produce cortisol, it breaks down collagen and elastin fibres which lead to ageing. You can also produce a lot of weight around the face.

Inflammation, discolouration and dryness are caused because certain vitamins are depleted. That’s why you begin to get dark circles and puffy appearance.

So, we know it’s a real skin enemy when distributed in high uncontrollable levels, how do we combat it?

The key is to use certain products and ingredients which prevent these side effects, but these are only reactive measures. The heart of the problem lies in prevention of stress. Let’s address the first point ‘reaction’.

A good fruit acid always helps, it removes dead skin cells, helps encourage the formation of new skin cells which in turn exposes blocked pores, clears bacteria and inflamed skin and excess sebum oil. The Fruit Acid Gel Exfoliator by Aenea Cosmetics is a top choice and now available at 10%.

Any moisturiser packed with hyaluronic acid will always help add hydration to the skin, smoothing any inflammation, adding moisture to reduce dryness. The All In One Cream by Aenea is the perfect product, also packed with avocado oil which ultimately provide all the skins nutrients it needs for a smoother complexion and essential vitamins.

Aenea have also come up with a clever Anti-Stress Super Hero and this really is a super hero for your skin.

Packed with a clever ingredient called Blue Indigo it’s designed to combat cortisol production and using Neurophroline can leave a calming sensation on your mood to prevent the buildup of stress. This is a great little anti-ageing vegan product using the science of Epigenetics.

The real problem is ‘prevention’. Stress can create free radicals and free radicals damage skin tissue, functionality, collagen and elastin production.

It’s great to treat the problem with great products and ingredients but why not prevent the problem in the first place?

Eat the right foods, drink plenty of water, take time out of your day for yourself, go to the gym, exercise, cut back on caffeine, balance your work and home life, spend more time with friends and family, laugh more, exercise those face muscles and control that emotional chimp that keeps feeding you negative thoughts and people please, get your 8 hours sleep a day! This is so important.

A healthy mind is a healthy soul and healthy souls make healthy skin.

Fuse this with anti-stress super hero anti-ageing vegan and epigenetic skin care and you’re on to a winner! Hope this helps!

Written by Damien Zannetou

Founder of Aenea Cosmetics

Epigenetic Skin Care


The Year Of Anti-Pollution Skincare

So, it appears to be the year of anti-pollution, everything we see these days whether on TV, or in the papers or what we hear on the radio is facts and figures about the latest record high levels of air pollution in London.

We’re also as a nation obsessed with the latest anti-ageing skin care treatments and products. We’re beauty mad yet destroying our beauty by very much the lifestyles we live and the day to day threats we subject ourselves to, knowing or unknowingly and namely through air pollution.

Now with a link between air pollution and of course the biggest organism on the human body ‘our skin’, isn’t it time we got to really know and understand the complications quickly and how we can try to fix them to reduce the ageing process?

Let’s put things in to perspective. Toxic levels in air pollution in the capital has been illegal since 2010 and has been responsible for over 40,000 deaths each year. Can you believe that?

Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London was forced to introduce toxic charges for driving in to London to reduce the levels of air pollution in our city. Oxford Street is set to be pedestrianised to fight these issues in 2020. Even in Westminster, recently an air-pollution wall was built to reduce the levels of toxic air through a self-watering and solar power system with a large moss area designed to soak up high levels of air pollution.

So, with these illegal record highs and according to the World Health Organisation dangerous levels, what is this doing to our skin? If 40,000 people a year are dying from it, I hate to think what it is doing to the ageing process, are you? Well I can tell you. Please read on.

Let’s keep this simple and relevant. Here’s the science bit. Everything in the world including human beings and the air around us is made up of molecules. Molecules are made up of atoms and atoms are a pair of electrons. But when an atom is missing an electron, that’s when we talk of free radicals.

Free radicals (which I’m sure you hear a lot about in skin care) will then try to grab an extra electron from other atoms, which causes damage to our DNA and ultimately a vicious circle. Like an apple turns brown when exposed to the air, or metal browns when oxidised our cells can also rust when we breathe free radicals which in turn causes oxidative stress. Were breathing air pollution every day and this process of oxidative stress is damaging our cells and therefore skin from within. Oxidative stress is when free radicals in the skin oxides cells causing our cells and tissue to not function properly. They damage tissue, they damage DNA and they damage the cell membranes.

The result!? Vitamin E depletion causing discolouration of the skin, lack of hydration thus less moisture causing dryness which in turn leads to fine lines and wrinkles, inflammation leading to uneven skin tone and texture but more so oxidative stress can lead to a break down in the essential proteins required in your skin that help produce collagen and elastin which are the essential foundations and building blocks for healthy and younger looking skin. This breakdown in collagen and elastin fibres ultimately result in ageing.

Free radicals are mainly caused by the sun, UV rays and radiation from our mobile phones and computer screens, dust in our homes, industrial waste, cigarette smoke and the foods we consume, even stress! Alcohol also is a bigger factor, tiredness, over exertion at work, too much coffee, lack of sleep, they all lead to the formation of free radicals.

So how do we stop this from happening? Before I drive you in to a sense of panic I can reassure you that there is a solution! Don’t worry!

Anti-oxidants are the answer, these ultimately reduce oxidative stress which in turn prevents the production of free radicals and of course minimising the risk of ageing.

Aenea Cosmetics is the first leading range of high tech anti-ageing vegan skin care which uses the science of Epigenetics to combat the ageing process.

They have grasped that we are all born with a genetic code that tells us how we are going to age. However, it is the environment that we are exposed to and these external aggressors that can send signals to our cells which in turn leave negative footprints on our DNA causing us to age quicker.

Using the study of Epigenetics they have created an Anti-Pollution Guardian which helps to reduce the impact of free radicals on the skin with a series of anti-ageing vegan anti-oxidant ingredients that ultimately reduce oxidative stress and but more so leaves positive footprints on our DNA causing us to reduce the ageing process, at the same time using a powerful set of ingredients that help enhance our natural defence mechanism in the fight against harmful free radicals caused mostly as a result of air pollution.

For example, they use Ornesia which is derived from the Passion flower which is a great anti-oxidant that also helps enhance our natural defence mechanism, very clever stuff!

2018 is certainly the year for change and cosmetics have now moved from cosmetic science to biological study where all that is around us is now considered to be integral in to understanding the ageing process.

You can’t stop yourself from ageing but you certainly can choose how you’re going to age, but it is important to understand that when choosing the right skin care, make sure you choose formulas packed with anti-oxidants, that promote cellular recovery and protection and consider Epigenetics because this is certainly tipped to be the next biggest thing in skin care!

Hope this helps peeps!

Written by Damien Zannetou

Founder of Aenea Cosmetics


Epigenetic Skin Care – The Big New Trend In Skin Care

Are you hooked on the latest skin care trends and crazes? 

Are you regularly keeping up to date with the latest bloggers, vloggers and media to see the latest trends and techniques that have got us all going crazy about anti-ageing and all that is in between?

First it was organic products that worked at a surface level, then came cosmeceuticals working the skins function at a deeper molecular level, then came treatments such as vampire therapy separating red and white blood cells, snails being applied to the face for moisturisation, Korean beauty masks and now we’ve gone mad for green beauty, using recyclable packaging to reduce the worlds plastics in the ocean and vegan products and ingredients that are cruelty free and away from synthetic colours, fragrances and harmful chemicals.

Well according to Euro Monitor and the Standard Institute of Research the next biggest trend in the wonderful world of skin care and forecasted to be a completely different approach to how we treat our skin is ‘Epigenetics’.

Don’t tell me, right now you are saying to yourself Epi what?  Let me keep this simple.  If I told you that when you are conceived, you are born with a genetic code that defines who you are and how you will age you’ll be saying what?  Well its true and as you develop you are exposed to external factors that can leave negative footprints on your DNA which can affect the DNA sequence without changing the DNA itself.  This might include air pollution, the sun, UV rays, radiation from your mobile phones and computer screens, stress through lack of sleep or hydration, lifestyle choices such as the wrong diet.

These external factors can alter your genetic code sequence without affecting the DNA itself.  In other words, we know we are going to age, that’s our code, but we can choose how we age.  If we understand the complexities around these issues and how they affect our skin, surely, we can understand means and ways to treat these problems or reduce their harm?

Here’s an example.  Think of a Christmas tree, the tree is the DNA, when you add Christmas tree lights to it, it doesn’t affect the tree itself but the way we see the tree, it looks different.  Lost?  Hold on!

Take a set of identical twins.  Both are born with the same genetic code, they look the same, they have the same DNA.  If one lived in Australia and the other in Alaska, they would age in completely different ways.  Why?  External aggressors like the sun and UV rays may cause sun damage or sun spots on the skin, whilst the other living in Alaska may receive consequences due to the cold weathering, chapped lips for example.

So, here’s how it gets interesting, what if I told you that if you could understand the ways in which these environmental aggressors affect the skin, you could potentially come up with a set of anti-ageing products that could attempt to reverse the affects, is this possible?  It sure is.

Epigenetics means on top of your genes.  These are your genes and you can’t change them, but each person ages in different ways and understanding how the environment affects that person’s ageing process is the perfect way to create custom products that can leave positive footprints on the DNA instead of negative ones.  That’s certainly what Aenea Cosmetics is doing, the first skin care range to launch globally based on the science of Epigenetics, using the latest vegan and anti-ageing ingredients and formulations to come up with a set of products that individually and collectively can leave positive footprints on your DNA to target problems such as pollution, stress and negative lifestyle choices.

Epigenetics aims to boost the regenerative capability of the deepest layers of our skin to slow down skin aging. While the science of skin care keeps getting more and more sophisticated, this cosmetic science is more driven not by chemistry but by biology.

The skin is an easy-to-observe organ, and when you apply Epigenetic Skin Care, it’s effects can be readily observed. For instance, sun exposure and smoking are some of the factors that may cause Epigenetic effects, but, now there is a more significant approach to how Epigenetics can affect heredity.

An overwhelming study found out that the type of diet fed to pregnant mice affected the hair colour of the offspring, lack of folic acid changed the expression of the hair colour gene permanently from blackish to blondish and for every generation that followed.

Epigenetics, when applied to cosmetics, it enables the activation of cell regeneration mechanisms of skin’s basal layers and improves the production of essential proteins.  Formulations that contain Epigenetic ingredients activate the ‘switch’ that allows the body to standardise the synthesis of the proteins that are in charge of providing the elasticity or turgor to the skin, which it has lost over time and therefore it partly restores its youth.


Epigenetics skin care is an exciting revelation that has astounding implications.  While we’re all going to age, we can now choose how, using this ground-breaking skincare formula that impacts our cellular health will help modify gene expressions over time, so your skin looks and acts younger from inside out.  Scientists have discovered that it revitalises or regenerate the stem cells, by attaching the Epigenetic tags to the DNA in our skin cells, resulting in a smoother, younger, firmer and clearer complexion.

If you don’t know about Epigenetics, its time to get to know, trust me, 2018 and onwards will be the year when we start to think about how we can affect our skin from within and protect our skin from aggressors on the outside.

Written by Damien Zannetou

Founder of Aenea Cosmetics