How Stress Is Stealing Your Good Looks

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You’ve heard about how stress is taking it’s toll on your blood pressure, but did you know it affects your looks as well? Fortunately, you can counteract the effects of stress with some simple lifestyle changes.

When you get stressed out, your body starts producing more of the hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol can act like toxins and cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, leading to inflammation, weight gain, free-radical formation and acne. Stress has even lead FoxNews to question if stress is turning President Barack Obama’s hair gray. Plus, there’s that cranky mood you just can seem to shake.

To combat stress internally and externally, try these steps:

• Get enough sleep. Aim for six to eight hours every night to help boost cell renewal.
• Just breath. A few calming breaths will help to put things into perspective and trigger relaxation cues that you vitally need.
• Fight off inflammation by eating a diet rich in antioxidants, especially brightly colored fruits and vegetables and heart-healthy fats like avocados, nuts and olive oil.
• Opt for products that target stress-induced beauty issues, like Kerstin Florian’s Organic Aromatherapy Anti-Stress Oil.

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