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How does stress affect your skin?

How does stress affect your skin?

If you are noticing changes in your skin, thinking it might be the change of season, your new diet or a product you've added to your facial routine. It could actually be that your skin is suffering the effects of your stress.

Stress causes an imbalance in your hormones, causing levels to fluctuate making changes in your body that can result in a number of skin problems. Irritations such as acne, psoriasis, hives, itching and thinning of the skin. Stress can also undermine the health of the skin in many other less obvious ways, which makes it one of the major causes of premature ageing.
 
When you are feeling stressed, even for a short period of time, essential nutrients are redirected from your skin to your vital organs, like your heart, brain and lungs. If you are living in chronic stress, your skin is deprived of essential nutrients for extended periods of time. So, the renewal of the skin is slowed down and is more likely to lose its naturally healthy glow.

The moisture levels within the layers of your skin are also undermined due to stress, which over time causes dehydration. This can lead to the collagen and elastin structures that support your skin becoming less effective ( it loses its bounce). As when the skin's supporting structure fails, skin becomes loose and begins to sag.

During this time, the skin is more prone to wrinkles and much more susceptible to environmental aggressors, such as pollution of free radicals. If feeling stressed for an extended period of time, our body may also release  free radicals, which greatly increase oxidative damage to vital cellular structures of the skin.

You may not be able to eradicate stress from your life, but finding a good coping mechanism, such as exercise or meditation can definitely improve your emotional well-being and in turn the health of your bodies largest organ, your skin. 

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