How Stress Shows Up On Your Skin

Calm down. Why? A hectic lifestyle coupled with daily stress can cause the mind and body to function at a less-than optimal state. Even though it's important to de-stress so that you feel good, it's also essential to find an enjoyable way to relax to help decrease the formation of free radicals internally, which can lead to premature aging and cell degeneration. Take time for yourself every day and find ways to unwind and decompress, whether at home or at a spa.

Stress may be hard to escape, but you can control the way that you deal with it. When your body is void of being in a relaxed and calm state, and is under extreme amounts of ongoing daily stress, production of the stress hormone called cortisol revs up and causes an increase in oil production. Once the skin harbors excess amounts of oil, not only can its surface appear slick and greasy, but your pores can also become clogged with sebum, giving way to acne. In addition to negatively impacting your skin, increased levels of cortisol can also have adverse effects on other parts of the body, affecting fat metabolism and fluid and salt retention.

The best way to keep your stress levels down is by eating well, breathing properly, learning to balance and deal with your stress and getting an adequate amount of sleep every night.

How do you stay stress-free?