We all heard about how stress affects our health and well-being – high blood pressure, weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, just to name a few. But have you ever realized that stress causes your skin age at accelerated pace?
Stress causes hormonal changes in your body that result in numerous skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis, hives, itching and thinning of the skin. Stress also undermines the health of the skin in many other less obvious ways, which makes it one of the major factors of premature aging.
When you are under stress the essential nutrients are redirected from your skin to your vital organs, such as heart, brain, and lungs. If you are living in chronic stress, your skin is deprived of essential nutrients for extended periods of time. The renewal of the skin is slowed down and your skin now looks dull and gray.
Since fluid balance is undermined due to stress your skin is also dehydrated and begins to sag. The skin is now more prone to wrinkles and is more vulnerable to environment. In addition, stress releases free radicals, which greatly increases oxidative damage to vital cellular structures of the skin.
While you probably won’t be able to get rid of stress altogether, any effort you make in order to cut back on stress will be a good investment in your health and beauty. Exercising, spending time with family and friends, taking time to rest and do things you enjoy, practicing breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques will decrease your stress levels and increase your coping ability.
Take time to outline strategies for defeating stress. It might seem like another overwhelming task right now, but in reality it is one of very few tasks that should be on your priority list. After all, your ability to function is directly proportional to your health and emotional well-being. Remember, it is not only your skin, but your health and general well-being are at stake.
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