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
"Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other."
- Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison was an English poet and playwright born in 1672.
Cheerfulness, optimism, positivity – it's amazing how much a good outlook affects your body. Negative emotions are associated with specific wear and tear on your face, particularly the appearance of crow's feet and fine lines around the mouth and eyes. Stay positive!
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
- Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and author, born in 1952.
This is such a great insight – we all strive to be our best, but false expectations of perfection can get in the way. Be your own amazing self today!
The holidays came and went in a blur! We wish for a happy, prosperous 2014 for each and every one of you.
At Cor we are always excited about the chance to refresh our perspective and set new goals. We took some time over the holiday season to reflect on the things that are most important to us as people and as a company. We have identified five values that reflect how we want to view and treat ourselves and others – our Cor Values.
These Cor Values are so important we've made them a lasting part of our website. You can find them here. We'd love it if you'll have a look and let us know what you think!
"These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism." - Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was an English author born in 1882.
Cor admires men and women of strength and optimism. Who do you admire? Let us know.