STRESS AGES YOUR SKIN – How to keep that Youthful Glow

STRESS AGES YOUR SKIN – How to keep that Youthful Glow

We all know that too much stress is bad for our health. But did you know that a recent study found that stress also increases the risk of depression, heart disease and infectious diseases, and increases inflammation throughout the body – which, by the way, increases skin aging as well. I don’t know about you, but my experience is that when I’m stressed, I’m less likely to eat right, get enough sleep, and the exercise routine is pushed aside. These actions not only affect our overall health, but also our appearance. The skin fails to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself. You know, you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and your skin has that inconvenient acne eruption or a skin flare up. While it’s hard to escape stress completely, there are steps that will help your skin resist the negative effects of stress. How Stress Affects Your Skin People who suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea know that stress can trigger embarrassing and uncomfortable flare-ups. But, even people without these skin conditions will feel the effects of stress on their skin. In fact, it has been noted by Dermatologists that stress can aggravate the skin and trigger unexpected flare-ups, which in effect, creates even more stress for the patient. What happens when you are dealing with stress, your body releases the stress hormone – cortisol – into your bloodstream. This causes an increase in oil production, which in turn can lead to oily skin, acne, and rashes. Research has noted that stress has a negative effect on the barrier of the...