If you missed my talk last Wednesday, you missed some great information on how stress affects your body. Not only on the inside, but on the outside as well. That’s right – visible signs of stress! Remember that advice from your mom? “If you keep looking like that, your face will stay that way forever!”. Well, it’s true…..at least, mostly. A stressful life can leave visible effects on your face, skin and body. Those fine lines, brittle nails, and thinning hair are not just your imagination – they have a real root in the amount of stress in your life.
Here’s a quick recap of some tools you can use to nourish your complexion the next time you’re stressed out.
1. Fine Lines
Caused by: Adrenal fatigue leading to lack of vitamin C
Your body uses vitamin C to create collagen, the protein responsible for plump and youthful skin. However, when you are stressed, your adrenal glands need tons of vitamin C, leaving less available for collagen production.
Your answer: Replenish vitamin C internally with foods like berries, red peppers, papaya and guava. Topically, apply a vitamin C-rich serum like Rosehip Seed Oil to your whole face. You can also call us to learn more about Cosmetic Acupuncture – a unique holistic skin treatment offered here at the clinic!
2. Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
Caused By: Sleepless nights!
Constant and chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. A sure sign of adrenal fatigue is waking up at 3am – a traditional time when the adrenals should be functioning most optimally. If you’re waking up at this time, you know that they are in need of some TLC.
Your answer: Beauty sleep, starting with a healthy sleeping environment. Turn off electronics and make your bedroom a dark, quiet & serene place. A good night’s sleep also begins during the day, depending on what you put into your body. Nourish your adrenal glands with soothing and calming teas like chamomile, lavender, or green oat to ensure a good night’s sleep.
3. Brittle Nails and Hair
Caused by: Inadequate digestion.
When your body is under stress, it shuts off non-critical tasks like digestion, fertility and immunity. This can have a very real effect on your looks!
Your Answer: Digestive Enzymes with protease. Taken before each meal, these will help your body properly break down proteins, which are needed for strong healthy nails and hair.
If you have more questions about how stress could be affecting your complexion, call us up and make an appointment! Achieving long-lasting radiant health takes a unique plan for each person. Book an appointment to meet with one of our professionals – we’ll help figure out the best plan for you!
Check out these awesome photos from our talk!