Why Stress Causes Wrinkles
And How You Can Prevent and Possibly Reverse Them
Stress. It’s a killer.
Not only detrimental to your health and well-being, but stress can also age your face and body.
It can cause your skin to wrinkle. But why?
Studies have shown that because stress causes inflammation. Also, high amounts of cortisol — the stress hormone — breaks down the skin’s collagen and elastin.
Also, ever notice that when you’re stressed a few things happen:
- You sleep less.
- You don’t exercise as much.
- You don’t eat healthy.
All these bad habits stack up to not only negatively impact your health, but also negatively affect your skin.
So, now that you know why stress causes wrinkles, how do you prevent stress wrinkles?
How to Avoid Stress Wrinkles
1. Acknowledge When You’re Stressed
Just acknowledging your stress can help put your mind at ease. Do your best to avoid stressful situations, people, and events that cause worry. Of course, easier said than done. But being intentional about how you respond to stress is better than avoidance. Take deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and gradually shift your focus to what you can control. Mental strength is key.
2. Stay Hydrated Often
Drinking water frequently, helps keep your skin moisturized and youthful. And when you’re stressed, the last thing you are probably thinking about is grabbing a glass of water. Just doing this often will help you get in the habit of doing it when you’re stressed. You won’t have to think about it because it will be second nature.
3. Start Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle
Sleeping better, incorporating consistent exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet all help reduce stress. And consequently, when you’re stressed, you do them less. Also, they help replace habits that induce stress such as drinking excessive alcohol, overeating, and staying up late. Even meditation is a great practice and is scientifically proven to help fight stress. Start incorporating these habits to keep stress and wrinkles away.
In conclusion, you want to do your best to avoid stressful situations, remain calm when they come, and build habits that help fight them off.
As with all things, perfection is impossible. But aiming to do your best each day to look and feel your best is what’s most important.
Remember, Warrior, make your health and self-love during this journey your highest priority.