I know that stress is linked to increased risk of heart disease, high blood perssure and even diabetes. But can it cause wrinkles? Pale skin color? Saggy skin? I’m a science geek ( I went to Bronx High School of Science) and I need a solid explanation that such a cause and effect does exist.
And here it is. Stress which can range from a traffic jam to a bad break-up, triggers a firestorm of hormones in the body. The worst of these bad boys is cortisol which causes problems everywhere it shows up. Cortisol not only damages existing collagen, it shuts down growth of healthy new collagen and elastin. The result? An increase in lines, wrinkles and flabby skin. And wait, there’s more. Cortisol slows down circulation which makes your skin look pale and dull.
Short periods of stress such as a long line at Starbucks or a bad haircut are frustating, … Continue Reading… →
It happens to all of us. When we don’t get enough sleep, catch a cold, work 24/7 or deal with personal problems, the face in the mirror includes dark under eye circles. It turns out that the body reads all these problems as “stress” and reacts by producing large amounts of a hormone called costisol. This creates a cascade of changes in the body that includes higher blood pressure, a slowdown in cell growth and an increase in heart rate. Under the eyes, dark circles become more pronounced. This is because cortisol increases leaking from tiny blood vessels and slows removal of body fluids. The result? Fluids and hemoglobin build up in the eye area creating dark shadows,
Its really easy to tell people to relax and take it easy. But while we are waiting for the world to become an easier place to live, we all need a few quick tools … Continue Reading… →