Skincare is an important part of staying healthy, but it’s not always easy to know how to protect our skin and make it look its healthiest. There are many contributing factors to having skin that doesn’t look healthy, but one of the most common and noticeable is stress. Luckily there are a few ways in which we can reduce the amount of stress in our lives and help reverse damage done to our skin due to stress.
When we’re stressed our bodies release extra chemicals that can cause harm to our skin. One of these chemicals is called cortisol. Cortisol when introduced into the bloodstream causes inflammation and can break down collegian which can cause thin skin, fine lines and dryness. These effects can cause permanent damage to our skin if they are not rectified. Thankfully, they can be. Here are three tips to both reduce stress and reduce the effect of stress to our skin:
- Drink Tea
Drinking tea, especially black tea, is relaxing and can help curb your current levels of stress. Regularly drinking black tea can also reduce the overall levels of cortisol in your body by almost 50% when you are given a stressful task to do. Studies have proven this.
Tea is also loaded with skin-boosting antioxidants and natural chemicals such as polyphenols and flavonoids. Both of these chemicals give tea its calming effects which makes it the perfect drink while you’re at work or while you’re relaxing after a long day at work. There’s a reason why most tea drinkers are so calm!
- Eat Plenty of Superfoods
The food we put into our bodies has a direct effect on how our skin looks. Making the right diet choices will help keep your skin radiant looking and youthful. Making the right diet choices will also help keep cortisol levels down and help you handle stress.
You should focus on adding as many dark-colored green vegetables to your diet as you can. Dark, leafy greens are the most important superfood there is. Broccoli and spinach are two of the most common foods that are considered superfoods. Fruits that are rich in vitamin C are also great superfoods. Strawberries, blueberries and all types of citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C.
Folate which is found in leafy vegetables also helps the body create new skin cells that cause that radiant, healthy look. Vitamin C helps firm skin and help make it look more youthful. Both types of foods can be a tremendous help to both reducing your levels of stress and helping your skin look its best.
Studies have shown that daily meditation helps calm you and can reduce the overall levels of cortisol in your body in just a few months of regular practice. Meditation can be considered multiple activities. Yoga, for instance, is considered meditation, as are many types of relaxing exercises that calm the body yet also rejuvenate it. Hiking is another good example.
Essentially it’s important to find a way to exercise that causes you to not think about your stressful everyday life and puts you “in the moment” where you can breathe deep and let everything go. Engaging your senses is also important when doing meditation or a meditative exercise.
Any type of activity you do that calms your nerves will decrease the levels of cortisol in your body and therefore calm your skin. Regular practice of meditation or meditative activities can not only make your skin appear healthier, but it can make your entire body more toned and healthy in the process. When in doubt, exercise is always a helpful activity to increasing our health.
With these three tips you can reduce the amount of stress in your life and help regenerate your skin and cause it to radiate with youth and beauty. These tips are useful at any age. Great-looking skin is important at any age and will help you feel better and look your best. Performing these tips will also reduce your stress levels. Everyone would like to reduce their stress levels because stress can be difficult to deal with. It doesn’t have to be, however. We can all take action against the effects of stress.