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Why Stress Damages Our Skin


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In today’s world, it seems that we’ve forgotten how to disconnect from work and social stressors. Performance pressures are everywhere. The flip side of all these so-called tools for efficiency is that we constantly push ourselves to the limits, where we have trained our bodies to ignore the need for personal time. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association notes that “chronic stress is becoming a public health crisis.”


Stress plays a major part in the health of our skin. When our bodies are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released. This has a variety of effects on our bodies which includes accumulating fat, as well as makes your skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne.


So what happens to your skin when it’s subjected to constant stress?


1. Collagen production. When the body is stressed and releases cortisol, blood sugar levels plummet. This triggers a process called glycation, a result of stress


2. Dry skin. Cortisol affects the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid, the skin’s natural moisturizer. Stress also wreaks havoc on the skin’s protective qualities that help maintain hydration. Once these elements are compromised, the skin becomes damaged and dry.


3. Skin complexion. When stressed, our bodies also produce adrenaline, which decreases the blood flow to the skin and removes essential nutrients (most importantly, oxygen). This can lead to toxin build-up and skin problems.


Knowing how stress affects us is important because now we can do try to prevent it. Leading a stress-free life is not easy but try some of these tips to reduce your stress level:


  • Yoga – Spend some time alone and reflect on your day.o-BLACK-WOMEN-HUG-710x434


  • Adequate sleep – This plays a big part in limiting cortisol and allows your skin to repair what has been damaged during the day.


  • Exercise – Boosting circulation and blood flow to the skin results in a radiant complexion.


  • Stay positive – Smile and laugh out loud! It will release endorphins, also knows as the “happy chemicals.”



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