As emotional beings, it’s normal to experience an array of different emotions every day, sometimes all at once!
Feeling angry, happy, sad, excited are all part of this human experience here on earth, but it’s when we let our emotions control us that our body can fall out of alignment and put our health and skin at risk for all sorts of issues.
In this article we’ll delve a little deeper into the world of negative emotions and the role they play in the health of our body and skin. We’ll also share some tips to manage stress naturally so you can live a life of peace and balance.
Let’s talk about cortisol
You may or may not have heard of cortisol, but it’s something that’s coursing through your body when you’re highly stressed. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone, secreted by the adrenal glands when you’re facing stress of any kind.
Small amounts of cortisol are necessary for a healthy body. In fact, cortisol has many important functions, from helping to control blood pressure to reducing inflammation.
However, too much of anything is never a good thing and an excess of cortisol can increase internal inflammation; which increases your risk of disease over time, and also manifests externally as some pesky skin concerns.
In fact, cortisol may actually break down collagen and speed up the signs of aging.
Adrenaline and small amounts of testosterone are also released by the adrenals when you experience stress and this can cause a series of reactions that may increase oil production (hellooo, breakouts!) decrease blood in your vessels causing those frustrating under eye bags, as well as weaken your immune system so your body is not able to fight off infections as well as it would if your cortisol levels were under control.
Turning your skincare routine into a soothing ritual
It’s no joke that your skin glows and looks better when you’re relaxed and happy.
This is because less strain is placed on your adrenals when you’re finding healthy ways to manage stress and boost your mood so your brain can release those blissful feel good chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin.
Forget slapping on your serum before bed in those two minutes of free time you allow yourself.
Instead, treat yourself the way you would a loved one and turn your skin care routine into a self-love ritual.
Use a beautiful, non-toxic serum and use your fingertips to treat yourself to a lush face and neck massage before losing yourself in a good book or listening to some soothing tunes.
We also highly recommend our beautiful new High Vibe Face Mist that will infuse your skin and senses with love and good vibes to help give you an inner and outer boost whenever you may need it!
Here are three more ways to show yourself some self-love and reduce the stress in your life!
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