Can Stress Make Your Skin Age?
The answer is a resounding yes. Stress can be a contributing factor to premature and accelerated aging skin. This is because of all the nutrients which we consume including those vital anti-oxidants that help us looking young and healthy go to other vital parts of the body in reaction to stress. Your body wants to keep you running smoothly, so if there is stress it will go to the brain, heart, lungs and other organs. All the essential nutrients will not go to the skin as they are being redirected because that is most important problem (they have to make sure that your heart and brain are functioning properly first and foremost). So the skin is essentially forgotten. Therefore, the skin becomes deprived of those nutrients that are needed. If this persists, the rejuvenation of the skin is slowed down and skin starts to look dull and gray.
Stess can also cause dehydration. Dehydrated skin means that it is prone to sagging, wrinkling and discoloration. It also means that the skin is more vulnerable to the environment like UV light, pollution and toxins that wonder in the air. Moreover, stress releases free radicals which cause skin cell damage as they are trying to stabilize by stealing electrons from cells weakening them. If we don’t have the anti-oxidants that stop the oxidation process then the skin can age prematurely and very quickly, making you look older than you really are. Facial expressions can also cause fine lines and wrinkling so try to be aware of them during the day and try to do them a little less. Although smiling and laughing is allowed!
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Although stress can be very hard to overcome in some cases. Stress can also be caused from day to day things. It can be eradicated by exercise which we talk about in our Anti-aging and Exercise page, hobbies you enjoy and surrounding yourself with loved ones. It is something to be aware of, take care of yourself and your body will reward you.