Is Stress Affecting Your Complexion?

Hello readers!

IMG_20160727_222204I’m pumped to say that I had my first class at the clinic last Wednesday night, and it was a great success! The topic was about stress – specifically, diving into the physical effects stress can leave on your body and skin. 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 of the tools I talked about so you can 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 use up 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. As you all know, I am obsessed with Skin Essence rosehip oil (and if you don’t live in Toronto and would prefer to buy it online, use promo code “emily” to get 15% off your order!)

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. Your nails and hair are made of protein, which is broken down by stomach acid and absorbed through proper digestion  Indigestion 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.

These were just a few of the things I talked about, but hopefully it gives you enough to think about! Chronic stress can affect more than just your looks. It can lead to things like infertility, chronic digestive issues, underactive thyroid functioning, fibromyalgia, and more. Take time to reflect on the stress in your life, and ways you can balance it. Maybe you’re a journal writer, or music-listener. Maybe you unwind by going outside, exercising, or talking with a friend. Remember, if you don’t take time for health now, you’ll have to make time for illness later!!! 

Have a chill weekend everybody! ❤
-Emily

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