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Skin Health and Stress

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. The skin’s responsibilities are; protection, temperature regulation, and secretion. It can do all this because of its unique structure. The microscopic skin cells are semi-permeable. This allows secretions and other fluids to come out, while protecting the body from absorbing un-wanted elements. Your skin needs to retain moisture in order to stay healthy, which is one reason you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day. You may be familiar with the effects of sun exposure and smoking on skin health. However, you should also be aware of the impact that ‘Stress’ has on your skins health and appearance.

The more you become educated on your health, the more familiar you will become with the idea that everything is connected. Stress can impact your health just as easily as being dehydrated or smoking a pack of cigarettes. Chronic Stress can cause physical, emotional, and mental problems. When you are stressed your hormones prepare your body to protect itself, usually by fighting or running away. Your body will divert the blood supply that would normally go to your skin, to other vital organs. It essentially gets robbed of its oxygen and nutrient supply. If you are living in a state of chronic stress, your skin begins to show signs of neglect.

  • It is not able to keep up its supply of moisture and begins to age.
  • It can allow external toxins to be absorbed.
  • It can not regulate body temperature by releasing heat.
  • It will not efficiently release internal toxins via sweat and mucous

There are numerous different skin diseases and conditions that many people struggle with daily. Many of these conditions can be related back to Stress. Unfortunately, many people often don’t realize there is a link between Stress and Health. Finding out what stressors you have in your life may be the first step to regaining your skin’s vitality. Once you find what these are you can make a plan to manage the impact stress has on you. A few coping methods are relaxation, proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition.

Relaxation…doesn’t that just sound nice? There are many ways of relaxing:

  • Take 30 minutes to reconnect with yourself each day.
  • Spend time with your kids.
  • Take a dog for a walk.
  • Curl up with a good book.
  • Join some friends at the local coffee shop.
  • Meditation or deep breathing

Proper Sleep Hygiene can be achieved by doing this:

  • Make the place where you sleep comfortable, cool, dark, and as quiet as you can.
  • Make sure you maintain a regular sleep schedule; go to sleep and wake up at the same time.
  • Try to expose yourself to some natural light. Your body responds to daylight and darkness.
  • Try not to stress about sleeping throughout the night. If you wake up, avoid looking at the alarm clock.
  • Aid your body in proper sleep posture, breathing, muscle relaxation and blood circulation with an ergonomic pillow.

We all need some form of daily exercise. Some of the additional benefits are:

  • Helps the body cope with stress.
  • Increases metabolism.
  • Improves mental attitude and awareness.
  • Has an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant quality.
  • Clears the skins’ pores.

Nutrition is very important when trying to attain healthy skin.

  • Make sure you stay hydrated, drink 6-10 glasses of clean water everyday.
  • Avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates.
  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  • Take a daily multi-vitamin
  • Supplement with B-complex, the “Stress busters”.

Other external things to avoid when considering the health of your skin:

  • Sun exposure
  • Harmful chemical exposure
  • Smoking
  • Healthy blood microcirculation
  • Antioxidants
  • Cosmetics

Sun exposure
It is necessary to get a small amount of sunlight everyday. It will help regulate your hormones and it provides much needed nutrients. However, for all those ‘sun worshippers’, exposure for extended periods of direct sunlight can be harmful to your skin. It is a well-known cause of skin cancer. If you spend a lot of times outdoors make sure you wear broad-spectrum sun block.

Chemicals
The amount of chemical exposure you put your body through each day, determines how toxic you are. Exposure to household cleaners, pesticides, traffic fumes, plastics, and pollution are pretty common these days. If you feel you have too much exposure, re-evaluate your lifestyle for possible limiting factors. Consider asking yourself these questions. How healthy is your diet? Do you exercise? Do you take steps to cleanse or detoxify your body? If your body is showing signs of toxic overload, it may develop on your skin.

Smoking
Smoking is very bad for your health. As it relates to your skin, it can age your skin by years. People that smoke develop pale, wrinkly and dry skin. They can also develop age spots. This is a prime example of how toxic overload can manifest physically in the body.

Blood circulation
Having healthy blood circulation can greatly benefit your skin. By allowing your skin to perform its functions; it can absorb, secrete, and protect your body. Your blood delivers the oxygen and nutrients the body needs to stay healthy and moist. The blood also takes away dead skin cells and harmful toxins it cannot secrete.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants can aid your skin in eliminating free radicals that can develop from harmful elements. Your body naturally produces antioxidants to fight these cancer-causing atoms. Depending on the amount of stress you have or your exposure to toxins, you may want to supplement with a high-quality antioxidant complex.

Cosmetics
Every year people spend millions of dollars on beauty and cosmetic products. There are many different choices and product options. If you take a close look at the labeling, there is a good chance the product contains a chemical. While not all chemicals are bad, the majority are not meant to be absorbed by the skin. This can lead to blemishes or even unhealthy skin. For maximum moisturizing and nutrient absorption read the labels and find out what products contain only non-toxic ingredients.

Summary

Your skin is the only thing that separates you from the outside world. It is important to take care of it, not only to look good on the outside but from the inside as well. Your skin will let you know if something internal is wrong. Make sure you take care of your skin and yourself by preventing the negative effects. Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, eating healthy, hydrating, exercising, managing stress, and living with vitality will ensure happy and radiant skin.

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