The causes of stress comes to everyone externally and internally. External stress is caused by life circumstances beyond our control. Internal stress is self imposed. Stress should not be perceived as all bad. It can be motivating. It can push you to get something done or reach goals you thought were unattainable. Some examples of stress, external and internal, are mentioned below.
External Stress Causes: death of a loved one, trauma, illness, change
Internal Stress Causes: fear, worry, poor attitude, perfectionism
STRESS and SKIN
— Stress can inhibit skin to repair itself after an injury.
— Ohio State University research indicates stress can accelerate development of malignant skin cells.
— When the body is stressed the hormone, cortisol, rises causing an increase of oil production on skin. Oil production can lead to acne or other related skin problems.
— Stress can aggravate skin conditions or cause flare-ups in eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and acne. It can show up as dry skin or redness.
Psyhcodermatology is the area of medicine that focuses on relationship between stress, emotional well-being and skin health. The skin and the mind are intimately connected. The internal stress of worry can cause premature skin aging; wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and other skin conditions. Stress may be your acne cause, exhibiting flare-ups.
IMPROVING SKIN CONDITION - Antioxidant Fruits/Foods/Drinks
(Fight Causes of Stress with Antioxidant Foods and Drinks)
— Maintain nutritious habits. Start eating and drinking right. Avoid processed foods. Processed foods can cause skin inflammation. Before you place a box or bag of processed food in your grocery cart, read the ingredients. Do you really know what you’re eating? Before placing that bottle of juice in your grocery cart, is it full of sugar or 100% natural juice? Read the ingredients. Eat raw fruits and vegetables which can improve skin condition. Eat antioxidant fruits and foods. Antioxidants boosts the immune system, assists in skin repair, strengthens blood vessels, reverses skin discolorations, reduces wrinkles and protects against sun damage. Antioxidants attack free radicals which cause skin damage.
Here is a list of antioxidant fruits and foods: apples, oranges, plums, red grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, mangos, pears, bilberries, raisins, cantaloupe, carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus, pumpkin, celery and many other foods. The antioxidants in bilberries are stronger than other antioxidant fruits including: cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums and blueberries.
Some antioxidant drinks include: green tea, white tea, cranberry juice, apple juice, grape juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice and many more. Avoid juices with high sugar content. Look for 100% natural fruit juice. Squeeze or make your own homemade juices. Combine antioxidant fruits and vegetables for a delicious homemade juice or smoothie.
Drink water! Water replenishes skin tissue, moisturizes, increases skin elasticity, flushes out toxins, improves blood circulation, increases energy and helps provide a natural, youthful, radiant, complexion.
— Eat anti-inflammatory foods/drinks: pears, pomegranate, bilberries, olive oil, coconut water, etc… Avoid spicy foods.
— Eat foods with, (and/or), Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids: flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, cold water fish (tuna, salmon, halibut, etc..), nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, macadamia, pistachios, etc..), oils (safflower, canola, flaxseed, sesame seed, wheat germ, etc..)
IMPROVING SKIN CONDITION - Treatments/Relaxation
(Homemade Skin Care Tips)
There are many different dermatological procedures to improve condition of skin: light chemical peels, laser treatments, collagen boost, etc…Talk to your dermatologist about the best skin care treatments for you. People under stress, usually neglect their skin care. Cleanse the face, free of make-up, before bedtime. Avoid scratching or picking at skin.
Have a balanced daily routine of exercise and relaxation to fight the causes of stress. Do not over stress your body with exercise. Not all exercise needs to be over strenuous. Talk to a personal trainer or expert, if needed. Easy exercises include: walking, lifting light weights, stretching and more. Visit your local gym and spa, if you prefer.
Eliminate a stress filled or depressed life. Learn ways to be happy.
— Be thankful .
— Listen to music.
— Read a good book.
— Take Yoga courses.
— Maintain good nutrition.
— Avoid harsh detergents.
— Prioritize. Don’t procrastinate.
— Keep a consistent sleep routine.
-- Think positive. Avoid negativity.
— Speak to therapist, good friend, support group.
— Exercise reduces stress by the release of endorphins.
-- Relax in garden or jetted tub. Moisture skin after bathing.
— Get a facial or massage with anti-inflammatory ingredients.
— Turn off technology before bedtime (cell phones, computer, TV).
— Practice gentle breathing exercises; be aware of inhale and exhale.
— Start a craft. Learn how to make soap with homemade soap recipes.
— Some sounds can help people get to sleep. A sleep machine can make various sounds: ocean waves, repetitive train, white noise, crickets, rain shower, crackling fireplace, etc..
Don't allow stress to beat you down daily! Take control of your life!