Learn 5 Effective Ways to Reduce Stress & Keep Skin Clear
Life can be demanding. Our normal day is filled with lots of potential stressors – work, finances, personal relationships. To make matters worse, you’re never really “unplugged,” because technological advancements ensure that you’re constantly connected, robbing you of the precious “downtime” you need to rejuvenate.
Stress affects our lives in a lot of different ways, physically and mentally. While many of those negative effects are well-known – weight gain, sleep problems, heart disease, depression, etc. – you may not realize that it’s also wreaking havoc on your skin.
When you’re stressed, your body reacts by going into fight-or-flight mode and it releases hormones, such as cortisol. These hormones were meant to temporarily protect you in a life-or-death situation, and then dissipate through the physical energy you exerted in response (fighting your opponent or running away to safety). But, in modern times, chronic stress and a sedentary lifestyle has led to elevated cortisol levels, which cause inflammation, compromise our immune system and interfere with proper body function.
As a result, stress manifests itself as blemishes, hives, rashes, fever blisters and premature aging.
The good news is that you can control stress by managing your response to it.
Here are five simple things you can do to reduce stress for clearer skin: [Read more…]