Emotions and Their Effect on Your Skin
Smiling is anti aging. Frowning, literally, ages us. It creates wrinkles between our eyebrows.
My dearest aunt and I were talking the other day and she suggested I write about emotions and how they can age you. Specifically anger, sadness, and stress and how those feelings can take a toll on your face (and body). And I couldn’t agree more. When we are sad or depressed we look more tired and our skin looks dull. There is a scientific explanation for this (courtesy of Discovery Health). http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/anti-aging/worrying-cause-wrinkles.htm
In summary, 2009 Nobel Prize Winner in Biology Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn proves in her work that stress has a direct impact in the aging process by accelerating it. (for more on this study check out http://biochemistry.ucsf.edu/labs/blackburn/)
In conclusion, what do we do about this? Some people argue that if “they could be less stressed, they would”. Ok… valid. Then REPAIR that damage by adding “positiveness” to your life. Do things that make you happy. (Get a facial!) Make an effort to take a 5-minute break every couple of hours and make a conscious effort to be grateful for the good things in your life.
We have so much to be grateful for. We just need to figure out how to do the hardest part: realize it.