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Stress and Skin

How to Minimize the Impact of Stress on Your Skin

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Stress is inevitable. We live in a fast-paced world, with a long list of things to get done, and sometimes we end up feeling a little overwhelmed. Unfortunately, the whole body is affected by stress, especially the skin. Some individuals experience acne break outs, others get dark under-eye circles, and still others may notice their skin getting extremely dry or oily. Luckily, there are things you can do to minimize the impact of stress on your skin. Follow these tips to keep your mind and body in a healthier state.

-Keep a journal, so you can see exactly what things are causing you to become stressed. Then you can devise a plan to deal with those issues.

-Watch your diet. It’s easy to turn to junk food, and other comfort foods, during stressful times, but eating those things will just make the effects of stress even worse. A clean diet really helps the body function at optimal efficiency. However, if you want that occasional piece of dark chocolate, that’s okay. The 90/10 rule is a good one to follow. Eat 90% healthy and 10% desserts.

-Make some time for yourself every day. Take a relaxing warm bath, listen to soothing music, practice deep breathing, or get regular massages. If money is an issue, massage schools offer services at very reasonable prices—do some research on schools in your area.

-Exercise. This will help lower your blood pressure and burn off some of that negative energy. However, be careful not to work out too hard, because that will just do the opposite. You don’t need an expensive gym membership either. Ten minute walks around the block, swimming a few laps in your community pool, or even just some simple stretching will do the trick.

-Try ingesting a 500 mg vitamin C capsule. Stress causes the adrenal glands to pump out cortisol. This particular stress hormone causes a chain of inflammation in the body that eventually works its way out to the skin. Vitamin C reduces physical and psychological effects of stress, as well as lowering cortisol levels.

-Take Omega 3 fish oil. I would recommend Nordic Naturals, because they have lemon and strawberry essence added to them, so there is no fishiness. Fish oil supplements are clinically proven to fight inflammation. As an added bonus, it will also make your hair soft and shiny.

-Apply a vitamin C serum to the skin every night before bed. It is important to apply it at night, because the sun breaks down Vitamin C. I would recommend John Masters Organics Vitamin C Face Serum or Avalon Vitality Facial Serum Vitamin C. Used topically, Vitamin C helps fight free radical damage caused by stress.

Remember, you are not alone in having stressful feelings. There are so many things happening in the world right now that we’re all feeling it. Sometimes you just have to stop and count your blessings—and maybe reach out and hug that person next to you. They probably need it as much as you do!

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What a fantastic article :) i feel already relaxed,because its relaxing when u at least know what to do ,very good advices) Thank you a lot ! This comment has been removed.
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love this article :) reeally helps, good job! This comment has been removed.
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@ltlangie PeterThomasRoth has a really good one. This comment has been removed.
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I am going to Sephora tomorrow, can anyone recommend a good vitaminC serum, that you have tried and liked? This comment has been removed.
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bebebebebe? This comment has been removed.
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@cr8suspence I'm glad you're liking it! :) This comment has been removed.
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I am new to this site. I really like what I am seeing so far. Thanks for the tips. This comment has been removed.
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Very true! Exercise and sleep always make me feel better! This comment has been removed.
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Another really great article from you. With all the stress from the economy, election, unemployment, unbearable gas prices, student loans and on and on, we are worn so thin. Sometimes we just have to stop to think. I like the idea of a structured routine. Keeping a journal and putting aside 15-20 minutes everyday just for ourselves are good ways to keep us all sane. This comment has been removed.
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Very interesting. Well done for the brilliant articles!! This comment has been removed.
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Wow!! Thank your for messaging me about this article; it is really, really helpful since I've got exams coming and stuff. THANK YOU! :D This comment has been removed.
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@ltlangie You can definitely pick up a vitamin C face serum at either of those places or the Whole Foods. This comment has been removed.
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wow..great one dear!thanks....i love it..i do keep my diet ! This comment has been removed.
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What a fantastic article! I've kept a journal since I was in the 5th grade and it definitely has helped me deal with stress. I like how your articles always has a focus of taking care of the body and skin as well as making it look good. This comment has been removed.
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LOVE YOUR ARTICLES!!! I am super stressed because Im a college student, so I hardly get enough sleep and Im constantly running around a 100 miles a minute. I'm going to get some VitC serum. Does ulta and sephora carry them? This comment has been removed.
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