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Relaxation Techniques for Healthier Skin

Did you know that stress and worry can lead to breakouts? We want to help you learn how to de-stress and worry less for naturally healthier looking skin.

Worrying about the state of your skin? You could be making it worse. That’s the hypothesis of a new school of thought in skin care.

Though a relatively new field, researchers in what has become known as psychodermatology are exploring the link between our emotional state and our skin.

There is already evidence for how stress can cause breakouts. For example, stress is linked to the increased production of cortisol which in turn impacts the smoothness and elasticity of your skin.

So it means if you’re going to stop worrying and care for your skin the holistic way, you will need to learn how to chill out.

Here’s a list of some simple, relaxation techniques to de-stress your mind, and your skin.

Meditation

There are many different kinds of meditation, but for the most part they share similarities. Like focusing on your breath. Taking deeper breaths oxygenates the blood and energizes all the cells in the body. It also allows us to clear our mind of any other thoughts. Just 10 minutes a day can really make a difference in your stress level.

Laughter

Laughter plays a pivotal role in relaxation and dealing with stress. Relaxation and laughter improve blood flow around the body, which, in turn makes skin appear healthier. So, put up your feet and watch a good comedy to laugh that stress away, knowing that it’s good for your skin at the same time!

Yoga

Like meditation, yoga has many styles but generally speaking, they have two things in common; poses or postures to increased strength and flexibility, and control of your breathing.

They also have one other thing in common: They serve as a great way to relax. Studies of a wide range of yoga practices suggest that they can reduce stress.

Exercise

Exercise benefits your body in all kinds of ways: lowering blood pressure, improving your cholesterol, lowering your risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes to name a few.

But did you know that many forms of exercise also reduce stress? Exercise reduces stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, while promoting the ‘runners high’, a more relaxed or positive feeling caused by an increase in endorphins.

Adding some of these relaxation techniques into your schedule can make a huge difference to your health, your stress levels, and potentially your skin.

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