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Healthy skin tip #4: Manage your stress


Stress is not your friend! We all know it – but how does it specifically affect your skin and face?

Stress causes your body to release larger amounts of certain chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA (which is made by your adrenal glands, and which your body then converts into estrogen or testosterone).

These substances are not inherently bad – you'll even find DHEA sometimes called "the youth hormone." However! As with many natural body processes, too much is not a good thing. Elevated levels have some negative effects. For example, your immune system and anti-inflammatory abilities are both lowered by high levels of cortisol. These chemicals can also kick your sebaceous glands into high gear – resulting in overly oily skin.


So how do you manage stress?

Personally, we like yoga. (Here are some folks we follow on Twitter for that reason.)

But there are many known ways to help lower your stress level. And they're all good!

- Moderate, consistent exercise helps manage hormone levels (and obviously your overall health!)
- Getting enough sleep is extremely valuable
- Eating healthy food and avoiding too much sugar, caffeine and fatty foods – those "guilty pleasures" are short-term fun but long-term leave us feeling worse
- Meditation and other forms of peaceful relaxation help your mind govern your body
- Maintain relationships: Quality "face time" really does show on your face!


See earlier tips on reducing sun exposure and showers-versus-facewashing time.

Got more tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send us a note.


Photo: Petr Kratochvil


Posted by Jennifer McKinley on February 22, 2014 - 0 comments

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