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Stress is Making you Ugly......

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

 From global warming, terrorism, and the never-ending Bieber fever epidemic, stress is on the rise. We are living in the age of rage, and it's making us ugly!

Money is being wasted all over the world on cosmetic procedures and expensive lotions and potions. No matter how many beauty procedures or anti -aging products you go through, all of it will be worthless- if you don't have the right mental health. 


When a person experiences stress, a hormone called cortisol is released throughout the body. The high levels of cortisol are to blame for the damaging effects of our good looks. 

The five most common effects to the skin because of high stress/cortisol levels are-

1.Dryness-  Cortisol effects our skins ability to hold on to water, diminishing luminosity of the skin.

2. Fine lines-  Increased cortisol levels raise blood sugar damaging collagen and elastin-the fibers that keep the skin firm and wrinkle free.

3.Redness- Stress causes capillaries to expand and can trigger a flushing  to the skin (Rosacea )

4. Acne-Stress increases chemicals that cause inflammation in the skin such as acne.

5. Tired eyes- We tend to sleep less when we are stressed. When you don't get a full 8 hours of sleep, your eyes become dark and puffy.

   Our skin really is a reflection of our inner physical and mental health.

There is no amount of lighting, makeup, or airbrushing that can hide the effects of stress. It’s crucial to take steps to control stress levels. Start with what’s causing the most stress in your life and find ways to reduce the effects.  Here is a great link I found on the web with useful tips on controlling stress. ZEN habits- Smile, breathe and go slowly. 


Stay Pretty My Friends. 

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