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Work Stress and its effects on Skin Aging

In this era of smart phones, smart TVs etc most of the people find themselves working under a lot of stress which effects them in different ways. Skin also is affected by stress. While the current financial situation in the world might be affecting a lot of the working class with respect to their currency, it also may be taking a toll on the skin. When stress out skin’s antimicrobial barrier is disrupted and it causes an increase in severity of cutaneous infections.

When human body is under stress a hormone called cortisol is released. The release of cortisol causes increase in various skin problems. Cortisol release causes accumulation of fat, making skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne.

When cortisol is released, blood sugar levels increase, which, in a continual flow, can cause such things as diabetes. On the skin, it encourages a process called glycation, a stress effect on the skin that damages collagen, hardening it, increasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Cortisol also causes a decrease in production of Hyaluronic acid a natural moisturizer of skin, thus increase in cortisol levels causes dry skin and ultimately damage to the skin.

To avoid the ill effects of stress on skin a person has to

  • Relax
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet

Relaxing is the best way to kick stress out. Relaxing can be done by taking some work breaks, trying to take things not too seriously, meditation, deepbreathing, being quiet alone for some time also helps in eliminating stress and the effects that stress has on skin.

Sleeping for at least 7 hours a day limits the production of cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Physical activity boosts circulation, helps in more blood flow to the skin and makes a person more lively, healthy and gives a radiant glowing skin. With healthy diet a person can get certain ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight skin aging.

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