Why stress is so bad for the skin and accelerates aging
When we worry about the health of our skin, we usually focus on using appropriate hygiene and cosmetic products, choosing for example the most natural and recommended options. It is also common for us to remember our habits and pay special attention to them: when we wash our face and skin and what products we use, what should we change ...
We even look at what we eat, precisely because more and more we realize that our diet and nutrition directly influence the state of our skin. But have you ever considered what stress does to it?
Moreover, in the words of many dermatologists and beauty experts, stress can be the cause of your skin aging rapidly and prematurely, damaging your face and causing a greater appearance of wrinkles, acne, pimples ...
The reality in many cases is that it is not enough to follow a balanced diet rich in natural foods, drink enough water and practice physical exercise routinely. As well the emotional ups and downs, stress and anxiety influence the negative in a very direct way. Why?.
When stress accelerates aging
Different scientific studies have already found on different occasions that Stress releases certain chemical substances in our body, among which one known as cortisol stands out, usually considered as the stress hormone mainly because our body tends to manufacture it when we are faced with emergency situations in order to help us face the problems.
In normal situations the different cells of our body use 90% of the energy in metabolic activities. However, when a stressful situation occurs and we enter into an alarm situation, the brain sends a message to the adrenal glands with the aim of releasing cortisol, which causes the body to release glucose into the blood to send huge amounts of blood. energy to the muscles.
When stress is only punctual it is beneficial for our organism, because it activates and puts us on alert. But when it is maintained for long periods, and it is also a stress of great intensity, it is very harmful to our health, thus becoming not only a cause of the appearance of chronic diseases, but also of aging.
In this sense, we must bear in mind that cortisol is not the only hormone that causes aging. It is also important to name other substances such as adrenaline (or epinephrine), which tend to cause greater cellular oxidation by interfering with the production of insulin, increasing the absorption of sugar and fats in the blood.
As a consequence our skin ages faster, prematurely. But when this aging is produced by stress it is possible to alleviate its consequences as long as you maintain a much calmer and relaxed life, and away from all those feelings, situations or feelings that cause us stress.
The solution is more than obvious: reduce anxiety and stress, preferably eliminating all the situations that create it. One option is to practice physical exercise on a regular basis, which helps us in a very positive way when de-stressing. On the other hand, we should not forget about certain relaxing activities, such as the practice of yoga and meditation. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Psychologist. We advise you to consult your trusted Psychologist. ThemesStress