Stress is not only unpleasant, but it also affects our appearances. When you are going through a stressful situation, you could experience severe acne outbreaks, eczema, or even skin rashes. Being stressed also can disrupt your digestive health, causing uncomfortable bloating which can give you an unpleasant bulge under your clothes. But what would you say if you were told that stress can age you as well?
As it affects skin health, it can lead to a bloated or tired complexion. But what most people don’t realize is that stress actively changes the cells in the body. Indeed, the telomeres sit at the end of the chromosomes and protect the DNA strands. Over time, they become shorter, which can lead to damage to the DNA. The cells affected are unable to do their job, which means they degrade. This will cause visible signs of aging. There are also more serious consequences such as making your cells more vulnerable to health risks. But the bottom line is that stress can reduce the length of the telomeres, therefore creating fine lines and wrinkles.
As April is the stress awareness month, it makes sense to find ways of protecting our skin cell health from anxiety and heightened emotional states.
Recharge your skin
Skincare products are effective as a preventive method to slow down the signs of aging. However, if stress has already taken its toll on your skin, no face cream can reverse the phenomenon. You will need to tackle the problem at a cellular level to actively correct the damage made to the DNA. That’s precisely what the NAD IV treatments propose to do. NAD+ is a coenzyme that exists in every cell of your body. It plays an active role in improving the body’s health and slowing down the aging process. While your body naturally produces NAD, the supply isn’t endless. That’s where IV treatments can fuel your cells from within.
Soothe the mind
We can’t avoid stress in our day-to-day life However, we can choose how we react to it. Helping your mind and body to relax will take a while burden off your shoulders and your skin! It can be helpful to create coping mechanisms that also promote skin health. Booking a treatment at your local spa salon, for instance, can provide just the right level of relaxation while releasing toxins from your skin. Even during a pandemic, there are many options to recreate all the benefits of a spa treatment at home. Sit down in the bath, put on a facial mask, and lit a fragrant candle. Your skin will thank you for it.
Look into your kitchen pantry
What’s the best food to eat when you’re stressed out? If you’re thinking donut, you’re wrong. Sugary treats have an immediate feel-good effect, but it is short-lived. You are likely to feel even more stressed once your sugar levels drop again. On the other hand, some foods have real stress-relieving properties. A cup of matcha tea is naturally high in L-theanine and low in caffeine, which helps decrease stress levels. Sweet potatoes are your go-to weapon to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Finally, eggs are packed with choline, which protects your cells against stress.
This month, we’re on a mission to banish stress from our skin problems. If you’re tired of struggling with skincare regimes that don’t deliver the glow you expect, it could be because stress is making your skin cells vulnerable. It’s time to stop the damage and reverse the situation!