We’re all familiar with the unwelcome holiday visitor that pops up every season—stress. In between the gift shopping and events galore, it can be hard to manage tension levels. Yet, it’s not just our mood that suffers: Our skin also takes a serious hit when we get stressed out.
The brain responds to anxiety by releasing various stress hormones into the bloodstream, like adrenaline (redirects blood flow and leaves skin looking washed out) and cortisol (inhibits new skin cell growth and breaks down precious collagen that keeps skin plump). Once your skin loses collagen, it appears thinner and becomes more prone to wrinkling—which means that stress can actually visibly age you. Combine that dangerous duo of hormones with a stress-induced burst of cytokines causing inflammation, and it’s a recipe for a skin disaster.
All that stress can manifest in the form of an acne breakout, a sallow complexion, or sagging skin. Unfortunately, once we have sagging skin it’s hard to get rid of. However, there is always the option of surgery, such as a Mommy Makeover in Bryn Mawr, PA to reduce your sagging skin or any other issues you have with your skin. Ongoing stress also triggers the body to produce free radicals, which can damage skin cells and reduce antioxidants—making your skin more vulnerable to wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.
Do your skin (and your well-being) a favor: Make time for relaxation with these easy tips so you can keep calm and carry on, while enjoying healthy, more youthful-looking skin.
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