We know from personal experience that our skin and mind are inextricably linked. Remember that giant pimple you got during exams, before your wedding or while preparing that big presentation?
Psychodermatology experts, who specialize in the mind-skin connection, attribute stress-induced breakouts to thousands of nerve endings on our skin. When our body gets stressed, it releases the stress hormone cortisol, which can trigger a cascade of negative events in the skin, including increased oil production, clogged pores and pimples.
So if stress wreaks havoc on our complexions, can de-stressing actually help our skin look better?
Yes, it can! Stress reduction may be a powerful complexion booster, according to a study at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami. Children suffering from a skin condition showed dramatic improvements to their complexion after undergoing massage therapy, including a reduction in redness and itchiness. They also experienced a boost in their mood and activity levels.
Are you interested in lowering your stress and improving your complexion? Besides massage, other proven stress busters include staying positive, meditating, exercising, “unplugging” and unwinding with music, hobbies, baths or breaks.
For more helpful tips and an extensive selection of pharmaceutical-grade skin care formulations for every skin type and concern, find your local Environ stockist today by calling 877.337.6227.