Regardless of what face wash or moisturizer you are using, or how much your highlighter shimmers in the sunlight, there is one undeniable factor to having healthy skin, and its your overall mood!
Turns out there’s a strong connection between mind and skin, and research is starting to showus just how true this is. The connection between your thoughts, body, and skin health is legit, and there’s even a clinical name for this field of study —“psychodermatology.”
When you are going through personal and emotional turmoil your skin wreaks havoc, and this is due to one main culprit: stress. Stress can affect our body's homeostasis and immune function, while elevating levels of a harmful hormone known as cortisol. This hormone impacts us physically by contributing to weight gain and acne. Under chronic stress, you release hormones that encourage inflammation and decrease blood flow to the skin. The nerves in the skin become irritated, and may increase inflammation or stimulate allergic reactions. Skin recruits the immune system to fight, which can cause inflammation or trigger a flare up for people who suffer from rosacea and psoriasis. Furthermore, production of moisturizing and plumping lipids declines, leaving your skin dry and dull.
Through my own experience I have noticed times where my skin is just looking blah even though my nutrition was on point and my skin care regimen was top knotch. Why is this? General lack of self-care. Eating poorly, staying trapped in fearful thoughts, and puttingtoo much pressure on myself at work leads for one blotchy-faced Rachel. As humans we all experience ups and downs, and it’s important to recognize the lower times and make an effort to lift ourselves up. I do this by being more mindful, meditating, exercising, spending time with my dog, being in nature, or reading self empowerment books.
Self worth, satisfaction, and overall life fulfillment resonates through your appearance! When you are glowing inside, the whole world will recognize it through your smile, and your skin!