Stressing Out

Stress is part of everyday life. From traffic jams and deadlines to breakups and problems at work, we all feel stressed out sometimes. Stress can manifest itself by giving us tense muscles, headaches, and anxiety, but you may not realize the toll it takes on complexion. Stress increases oil production on the skin, which is why we break out sometimes when we get stressed. It also impairs the lipid barrier function, so when you’re stressed, skin loses that healthy, youthful glow. Stress can also make you look much older than you are. Stress creates internal inflammation, which has been linked to premature aging. Since avoiding stress altogether isn’t realistic, how you deal with it can make all the difference in your life – and skin.

The Top 5 Ways to De-Stress

  1. Exercise on a regular basis – it helps fight stress and depression, not to mention love handles. Exercise doesn’t have to mean getting on the treadmill again. Go outside for a fifteen minute walk during lunch, or try yoga, Pilates or a dance class.
  2. Allow yourself more time to get to places than you think you’ll need, especially if it’s an important meeting or interview. Nothing is more stressful than being late.
  3. Make time to talk to your friends. Even if it is just for ten minutes, a phone call to your favorite person can help.
  4. Make a de-stress playlist of your favorite calming songs on your iPod and listen to it whenever you feel like you want t o scream.
  5. Treat yourself to a massage or have a spa day at home. It can be as simple as putting on mask and relaxing. Or create a steam room in the bathroom by letting the hot water run before a shower and sitting in there for five to ten minutes.

Experts Advice: Stress-Busting tips from the pros

“Meditation and breathing techniques don’t cost a dime and you can do them anywhere, anytime”
- Sarah Kugelman

“To fight stress throughout the day, I get up from my workspace and stretch. First, I lean forward and touch my palms to the floor, while I focus on constricting my stomach muscles. I hold this for a minute, and then I bend my knees lightly as I roll into the upright position and reach my hands up toward the ceiling”
- Ole Henrinksen

“I take a warm bath with pure lavender oil and have a cup of chamomile tea.”
- Caro Shaw

“Elminate toxic people from your environment.”
- Karen Behnke

Wisdom Tip:
“I really believe the number one secret to looking and feeling young is to find every opportunity to laugh. Having your face frozen in stress and frowns will instantly age you. People who laugh a lot have this spark about them and this glimmer in their eye that can’t be replaced – not even with makeup!”
- Leslie Blodgett

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