How stress ages your skin
Stress can be caused by almost anything we consider daily living. Whether it’s the small things: Late nights, too many cocktails, diets, lack of sleep, emotional upsets, deadlines, commuter traffic… or the big life changing events like divorce, death, or moving. Many things can stress someone out depending on how they handle stress and their genetic makeup. Whatever causes stress for you in your life, you can be sure it shows up in your skin. Here’s how:
Even the smallest stressors can trigger the adrenal glands flight or fight response. Cortisol is the stress hormone responsible for causing free radicals to build up and accelerate aging faster than a lifetime of smoking and bad eating. When adrenaline is released you think more clearly and blood pressure and energy goes up. Digestion and reproductive function shuts down to deal with the impending danger. It’s when we live life in this perceived impending danger that symptoms begin to manifest in your body.
Consistently elevated levels of cortisol is catabolic to the body, meaning we are breaking down tissues like collagen and elastin but failing to repair them. Prolonged periods of stress can also disrupt the hair cycle leading to chronic hair fall. And the worst thing about it, is the effects of stress can be immediate while reversing the damage can take years.
What can be done to keep us and our skin in the best health? First of all, unplug weekly from all your phone alerts which leads to overstimulation. The world has gotten extremely noisy so time away from it nightly or at least weekly will help. Second, switch from chronic cardio which increased cortisol to strength training which decreases cortisol. Make sure you are not deficient in any of the stress relieving nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin C. And finally take yourself on an exotic adventure in real life or at least imagine yourself in your favorite corner of the earth.
Treat your skin to all the nutrition it needs to combat stress in our Rehydration Cream. Trial sizes are available while supplies last and you can always throw it in your go bag for your next anti-stress getaway.