How And Why Does Our Mind Influence Our Skin?
Research has shown that our mental health and state of mind in general, can have a surprisingly big effect on our skin.
High levels of stress hormones and related mental and emotional distress, can not only exacerbate skin issues, they can even trigger a skin condition that would otherwise stay dormant. Chronic inflammation related to stress has been linked to various skin diseases and conditions, from mild acne and dermatitis to more severe issues such as psoriasis and alopecia.
Certain skin conditions can sadly cause a lot of stress and emotional turmoil to the individual dealing with it. It can become a vicious circle of stress and flareups, flareups and stress. Luckily a lot of skin problems can be solved or at least improved by using the right skincare and leading a healthy lifestyle.
So, What Can You Do?
Reducing stress is definitely one of those things that is easier said than done, however there are simple ways to take care of your physical and mental health and regain healthy, youthful, and glowing skin in the process.
There are some obvious solutions when it comes to stress relief, such as massages and regular meals at your favorite restaurant, but small rituals can be just beneficial and relaxing as the more expensive and extravagant self-care solutions, perhaps even more so. It truly doesn't take much in order to let go and relax after a long day. A few minutes of meditation once or twice a day, a nourishing nighttime skincare routine, reading before bed, and even cooking a nutritious meal, can be both beneficial on a completely practical level and also help you release any anxiety and stress.
Skincare And Your Mind
Skincare in and of itself is, of course, one of the most important factors when it comes to your skin and it’s health. Not only because it nourishes, moisturizes, protects, and repairs your skin, but also because using it can create a simple and relatively quick daily routine that helps you relax and enter a state of mindfulness, similar to meditation. When you make sure you are putting some effort into your appearance, you also tend to feel more confident and in control, which can significantly reduce the levels of stress and pressure you feel in your everyday life.
Skincare can’t be used as a quick band-aid but taking care of your skin and body will do wonders for your mental well being, and vice versa. When you feel confident and relaxed you are more inclined to take care of yourself and when you take care of your body as a whole, you are bound to become more mentally and emotionally balanced.
Skincare, meditation, exercise, and other wellness rituals and habits are a feedback loop. When you feel better, you look better. Others see you in a different light, and most importantly you see yourself as worthy of having clear and healthy skin.