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?

3 Comments
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    Yes, stress just might be the # 1 health problem of our time. My partner of 11 years practices Internal medicine, the #1 problem patients have is excessive stress that unless treated can sabotage treatment plans for other health problems. With cell phones and computers it seems we have very little down time. I believe that unless we are treated/trained in the art of relaxtion, our health will suffer. Taking 15 minutes to sit on the patio and drink a glass of wine and watch the birds or listen to your favorite song and dance to it or practice meditation or yoga, our overall health will suffer if we don't learn to control stress.... as medication only treats the symptoms, and learning to actually destress will improve our health and quality of life.

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    Stress does show up on your skin because your skin is a window to your underlying health. One of my favorite ways to de-stress at the end of the day is taking an essential lavender bath with epsom salts and candles. It helps detox and hydrate the skin, and helps you sleep like a baby. Yoga is another way to calm down and help you relax after a stressful day. In yoga, while it's good to stretch and tone, it's even better to stretch while slowing down the breath and incorporating other yoga meditation techniques. In yoga, focusing the gaze helps to quiet the mind. The simple practices of yoga postures, breathing and focusing lead the yoga practitioner to not only a state of optimal physical health, but to a state of peace. This helps to connect you to the present moment, to others and to a state of well being and relaxation.

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    Stress does show up on your skin because your skin is a window to your underlying health. One of my favorite ways to de-stress at the end of the day is taking an essential lavender bath with epsom salts. It helps detox and hydrate the skin, and makes you sleep like a baby. Yoga is another way to calm down and help you relax after a stressful day. In yoga, while it's good to stretch and tone, it's even better to stretch while slowing down the breath and incorporating other yoga meditation techniques. In yoga, focusing the gaze helps to quiet the mind. The simple practices of yoga postures, breathing and focusing lead the yoga practitioner to not only a state of optimal physical health, but to a state of peace. This helps to connect you to the present moment, to others and to a state of well being and relaxation.

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