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Stress Reduction and Beautiful Skin
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2018-09-20


3 simple solutions you can implement today!

Science has shown us that short bursts of fleeting stress are a natural,
evolutionary process that is actually good for you. It fires up your immune system and
is a part of the ebb and flow of a normal life.

However, more and more women (and men) are experiencing chronic,
constant stress in their daily lives, and it is believed that this epidemic is heavily responsible for more and more
health problems and diseases.

When we experience stress, the infamous hormones cortisol and adrenaline are released in our bodies,
providing us with certain responses meant to move us quickly through whatever stressful situation we
find ourselves in.

Cortisol initiates the primal fight or flight responses in the body, which was biologically set in place for
the purpose of life and death scenarios. (saber tooth tiger in the bush anyone?) Adrenalin provides a
redirection of blood flow and activates a very heightened mind state. It has also been seen to provide
better vision due to the dilation of your pupils.

Now fast forward to our present age of overstimulus: work, home-life and even some leisure activities are
throwing stress at us constantly. Our bodies often do not have a chance to re-balance and are kept in
such consistent states of stress that cortisol and adrenalin builds up and takes a major toll on our cells,
nervous system and every area of our body.

3 simple solutions you can implement today!

Science has shown us that short bursts of fleeting stress are a natural, evolutionary process that is actually good for you. It fires up your immune system and is a part of the ebb and flow of a normal life.

However, more and more women (and men) are experiencing chronic, constant stress in their daily lives, and it is believed that this epidemic is heavily responsible for more and more health problems and diseases.

When we experience stress, the infamous hormones cortisol and adrenaline are released in our bodies, providing us with certain responses meant to move us quickly through whatever stressful situation we find ourselves in.

Cortisol initiates the primal fight or flight responses in the body, which was biologically set in place for the purpose of life and death scenarios. (saber tooth tiger in the bush anyone?) Adrenalin provides a redirection of blood flow and activates a very heightened mind state. It has also been seen to provide better vision due to the dilation of your pupils.

Now fast forward to our present age of overstimulus: work, home-life and even some leisure activities are throwing stress at us constantly. Our bodies often do not have a chance to re-balance and are kept in such consistent states of stress that cortisol and adrenalin builds up and takes a major toll on our cells, nervous system and every area of our body.

Some common effects of too much stress include anxiety disorders, fatigue, bloating, accumulating fat,
hair loss, and stiff tense muscles and ligaments. In addition it is known to be a culprit of premature aging,
primarily in the form of wrinkling, a dull complexion, discoloration and cellulite.

When cortisol is released, sugar levels in the blood rise, which in a continual flow creates a process
called glycation on the skin that hardens collagen, increasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
When adrenalin is released, blood flow to the skin is decreased, robbing the skin of vital nutrients and
minerals.

Another stress effect on the skin is dehydration, which has to do with cortisol yet again. In this case, cortisol
decreases the skin’s natural production of something called hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer. It
can also damage the skin’s protective qualities that allow it to keep hydration levels up. When these
things are compromised, the skin, as an effect of stress, becomes dry and damaged.

But WAIT!
There is good news. Tackling the effects of stress are quite a bit easier than you may think. Implementing
just a few very simple habits into your daily life will drastically reduce the effects of stress, bringing
radiance back to your body, your skin, and your whole life.

Some common effects of too much stress include anxiety disorders, fatigue, bloating, accumulating fat, hair loss, and stiff tense muscles and ligaments. In addition it is known to be a culprit of premature aging, primarily in the form of wrinkling, a dull complexion, discoloration and cellulite.

When cortisol is released, sugar levels in the blood rise, which in a continual flow creates a process called glycation on the skin that hardens collagen, increasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When adrenalin is released, blood flow to the skin is decreased, robbing the skin of vital nutrients and minerals.

Another stress effect on the skin is dehydration, which has to do with cortisol yet again. In this case, cortisol decreases the skin’s natural production of something called hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer. It can also damage the skin’s protective qualities that allow it to keep hydration levels up. When these things are compromised, the skin, as an effect of stress, becomes dry and damaged.

But WAIT!

There is good news. Tackling the effects of stress are quite a bit easier than you may think. Implementing just just a few very simple habits into your daily life will drastically reduce the effects of stress, bringing radiance back to your body, your skin, and your whole life.

Sleep!
Yes. This is a big one. Sleep plays a big part in limiting cortisol, simply because our bodies are allowed to naturally regenerate when we sleep longer than 6 hours in a row. During sleep, our body repairs what has been damaged during the day, including the skin! A lack of sleep adds extra stress, so making sure you have regular full nights of sleep should rarely be omitted from your beauty regime.
30 minutes or more of
Daily Physical activity
Boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline has on the skin. Exercise is a natural de-stressor putting your entire body in a better state. Additionally, when there is more blood flow to the skin, your complexion glows and with increased circulation more toxins are eliminated and all of your bodies hormones re-balance.
Meditation
is becoming a rising star in the world of stress reduction. Either you have tried it and are already hooked, or you still wonder how on earth you could ever sit still for more than 10 seconds without getting fidgety and getting up to check your emails.
There are many styles of mediation, but if you are new to the game, start by taking just 5 minutes alone in a peaceful quiet space, sitting cross-legged or upright in a chair. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Allow your thoughts to soften and don’t be overly concerned if your mind remains active for a while. Just keep bringing your focus back to your breath. Just 5 minutes a day for at least a week will start to work miracles on your stress levels.
You may feel like nothing is happening at first, but believe us, it is! Just trust the science; meditation is an integral facet of a happy life.
And always remember, less stress means better skin!
By Sarah Noni on 2018-09-20

Sarah Noni is a creative writer, lyricist and musician from the west coast of British Columbia. She is passionate creator as well as a mother of 3 young children. Sarah is incredibly invested in supporting Women's communities and enjoys fostering awareness about support, health and wellness for women and mothers globally. Sarah has travelled extensively and speaks both German and French. She loves yoga, meditation and personalized fashion.