The Mind Skin Connection
Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed out, your skin takes a turn for the worse? You may be suffering from the adverse effects of the mind-skin connection.
Have you ever heard the expression ‘you are what you eat’? The same rings true with ‘you are what you think’. Our thought patterns and our bodies are deeply connected. Our minds tell our bodies to do things like speak and walk, as well as have the power to change how we look! It is ultimately up to you to find your own happiness, but we hope to be a motivator in the right direction for you and your skin!
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
Our bodies work hard protecting us against stress by releasing chemicals and tightening muscles when threatened. Although intentions are good, the long term effects pose a challenge for our health and skin. Our body’s fight or flight response was originally necessary for survival out in the wild. In our world today, although the daily stressors are very different, our bodies react the same. With busy schedules and responsibilities, our minds signal our bodies into panic mode. The adrenaline caused by our fight or flight responses releases two main stress hormones into the bloodstream called epinephrine and cortisol. These are released in excessive amounts, causing all sorts of trouble for our skin.
THE SKIN REACTION
Acne may surface on your skin as adrenaline and cortisol increase oil production. These hormones make the body’s oil thicker and heavier, therefore clogging the pores and forming blackheads. Your skin may also become dull as fight or flight responses divert blood circulation to the vital organs. The brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys are fed more circulation leaving your skin with much less, as a result dimming your healthy glow. As your body prepares for battle, your facial muscles instinctively tighten, causing those unwanted wrinkles.
You can fake it til you make it, but your skin will surely show it! Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, stressful times and moments of peace and joy. The important part is not allowing stress to take over your happiness. In reading this blog you are already taking the first steps in reclaiming your glow. Many find yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques as great stress relievers. Medical professionals are now diagnosing challenged complexion with the mind-skin connection. Psychodermatologists specialize in recognizing that emotional issues may also be involved in skin conditions. Self-hypnosis and relaxation are often a part of the approach treating the mind and skin simultaneously.
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Thank you for taking the time for yourself and your skin today to read this blog!