Life is often extremely stressful. The responsibilities and challenges of daily life and the anxiety we feel from events we can’t control or see on the news take their toll on our bodies as well as our minds. Managing and reducing that stress is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health and well-being. Minimizing your stress level is also a great way to reduce the negative effects that stress can have on your skin. Wishing away anxiety and worry won’t work, but there are simple, easy, and proven ways that can keep you – and your skin – happy.
How Stress Effects Your Skin
When we feel stressed, our bodies react by producing increased amounts of cortisol and other hormones. These substances cause us to perspire more in stressful situations. Unfortunately, cortisol also comes with traces of testosterone which boosts oil production and leads to more acne breakouts.
In addition to acne, too much stress can cause other damage to your skin and worsen any skin conditions you may already have, including:
- Fever blisters
In addition to the chemical responses we have to stress, the physical way our faces react in stressful situations can lead to permanent changes in our appearance. When you feel stressed, you may furrow your brow, purse your lips, or have some other regular facial reaction to stressful situations. These repetitive actions and expressions can led to the development of wrinkles and other undesirable imperfections.
How to Reduce Stress
Every person experiences and reacts to stress in their own way. Similarly, the best way to deal with stress may differ from person to person. But here are three ways to reduce stress that are likely to help you and your skin no matter who you are:
- Yoga and meditation. Strength, flexibility, mindfulness, a sense of peace and presence – all of these are demonstrable benefits of yoga and meditation. But these enduring practices also can contribute to healthy, glowing skin. In addition to reducing stress, certain yoga poses such as the Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Plow Pose, Shoulder Stand, Triangle Pose, and Child Pose, can help increase blood circulation to the head and face and can keep skin vibrant. Both yoga and meditation emphasize effective breathing. By taking in more oxygen more efficiently, your circulation improves and can help with the removal of toxins and destruction of harmful free radicals. Better breathing can also regulate hormones and reduce inflammation.
- Getting enough sleep. Stress can be exhausting. Are you more tired at the end of a long day lounging on the beach or after a busy day of work, errands, traffic, kids, and running around all over town? The more stressed you are, the greater toll it takes, and the more sleep required to help your body and mind recover. While not always possible, you should try to get as close to eight hours of sleep per night as you can.
- Regular physical activity. Regular exercise is good for you. You know that already. But if you needed another reason to work out or incorporate physical activity into your daily and weekly routine, exercise’s benefit for your skin may do the trick. Exercise increases endorphins, which help relieve stress and boost positive feelings. Exercise also helps increase blood flow, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells and accelerating the removal of free radicals and other substances which can wreak havoc with your skin.
Dr. Mariano Busso Can Help You Improve Your Skin and Your Quality of Life
An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Mariano Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call our Miami offices today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can partner with you for better skin and a better quality of life.