Raise your hand if you think about the movie Inside Out every time a full-blown conversation on emotions begins. It’s such a brilliant movie that showed how various emotions are constantly working inside our body on a daily basis and how an overdose of one can be a burden! But did you know that emotions affect our skin as well? Yes, any overcoming emotion can have a direct effect on your skin. Here are some of the emotions that affect our skin in a big way and how to fix it stat! (Pro tip: Choose happiness and positivity as much as you can.)
We all get angry from time to time. Whether at home, in the office, or on the go, we inevitably come into contact with things that aggravate us. But by staying calm in the face of such anger, you avoid the worst effects of anger on your skin. At first, frowning will tighten the muscles of your face. This can lead to noticeable lines and wrinkles over time. And another strange effect is that it also slows down the healing ability of your skin. When you are angry, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. This limits the production of collagen. An important element of skin healing. The longer you are angry, or the longer you are angry, the slower your healing from cuts and bruises. Sounds so heavy that I am angry about the fact that I get angry *ugh*
Stress has become second nature to most of us. And while it's normal to feel stressed sometimes and even healthy, high levels of stress can wreak havoc on the skin. Cortisol also plays a major role here. When you are extremely stressed, you produce more cortisol, which flows freely through your body. This can make your blood vessels more brittle, meaning that skin cells do not form so quickly, sometimes up to 50% slower. In essence, stress and cortisol are the major causes of premature skin ageing.
This also has additional side effects. Eg: We may turn to comfort foods like chocolate and alcohol to feel better. Poor dietary habits can worsen our skin condition. Acne, rosacea, and eczema are examples of skin conditions that have been shown to be exacerbated by stress.
Depression is bad enough as it is, whether it’s in response to a specific event or whether it’s the full-blown clinical variety. Frowning and furrowing your brow can leave lines on your skin, while cortisol (yep, again!) slows down your body’s ability to deal with damage and inflammation. A common side effect of depression can often be loss of sleep. As your skin repairs itself when you’re asleep, if you don’t get enough of it, your skin isn’t getting a chance to properly heal itself from day-to-day damage, and signs of this can quickly start to become visible in forms of dull skin, dark circles, reduced skin elasticity or even uneven pigmentation.
So, how do we keep our skin healthy?
Let’s be honest: Experiencing negative emotions is something we can’t avoid entirely. The best way to deal with these emotions is not by avoiding them, but by dealing with them. Stay away from toxic people and environments that physically and emotionally drain you, plan your day ahead and most importantly, get plenty of rest.
With that being said, what makes someone feel relaxed differes from person to person. So do what’s best for you. Reach out to a professional if you want, both your mind and skin will thank you.