HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE SKIN

Stress is present in our daily lives. The pressure at work, family problems, difficulties in studies, etc. are some stressors that can adversely affect your appearance and body as a whole. Stress negatively affects us everyday thanks to the frenetic pace of life and the high levels of self-imposed activities to which we are subjected. Thus, in times of increased workload, our skin might be dull, lifeless, have enlarged pores or even be quite red. Also, one of the worst consequences of stressed skin is the decrease of its protective barrier, so it becomes fragile and more sensitive to external aggressions.

How stress affects the skin

Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in the body to become more sensitive and reactive. Have you observed that when you’re stressed, you get more pimples? This is because the skin produces more cortisol and other hormones in your body, which tells the sebaceous glands to produce more fat, which causes acne and other conditions. Stress can worsen existing skin problems such as:

Psoriasis – a condition that occurs when cells grow too fast causing irritation
Rosacea – a condition that produces permanent redness, swelling, pimples, and visible veins
Eczema – a condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. It is common for people with skin conditions to feel insecure and thereby experience more stress, making the problem worse.

Stress can also trigger an adverse effect on the barrier function of the skin, thereby causing water loss and reducing the skin’s ability to heal itself especially after an injury has occurred. This can be evident in people with pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as it slows the entire healing process down. It also dries out the skin. Depending on your body’s reaction to the increased production of cortisol, your skin can end up becoming too dry. Cortisol can hinder the elasticity of the skin and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis.

Remedies

Relax your mind. Many stressed people forget that they can embody a way of life that limits stress altogether. It is essential you take time every day to meditate or relax. Even taking a few deep breaths can help ease stress.

Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is especially suitable for your skin.

Exercise. Physical activity boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline can have on the skin. In other words, physical activity helps your complexion. When there is more blood flow to the skin, there are also fewer toxins, less cellulite and more healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in limiting cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for healthy stress-free skin.

To Sum Things Up…

The correct way to minimize stress is to live healthily: sleep well, hydrate and have a fixed work routine that is pleasant as possible. Say goodbye to stress and give way to healthy skin full of life — hydrated and perfectly renewed!


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10 Simple and Proven Ways to Eliminate Stress

By CysterWigs Contributor

Almost every one of us experiences stress of a varying degree on a daily basis. Stress can wreak havoc on your health and happiness. According to a study published in PubMed, stress can cause a variety of health issues such as low immunity, decreased brain functioning and cardiovascular problems.

Therefore, it is always better to prevent stress or address it as soon as you feel it. Fortunately, there are several ways to relieve stress from your day to day life. All you need is just 15-20 minutes to relax and reduce a great amount of stress. Here are 10 simple yet effective ways to get rid of stress in a natural way.

1. Get moving

The best way to reduce stress and stay healthy is to get your body moving. A regular exercise not only improves your fitness but also eliminates a considerable amount of stress. Simple physical activity may reduce the level of stress hormone cortisol in the body, thereby reducing stress.

Exercise also helps in releasing happy hormones in the body such as endorphins. Endorphins act as a natural painkiller and improves your mood. Having better fitness increases your confidence and improves your mental wellbeing.

Try to do physical activity for at least 20-30 minutes every day. Do activities such as walking around the neighborhood or jogging if possible. If you’re looking for more excitement, go dancing or ride your bike to get your heart pumping while boosting your mood

2. Meditate

Meditation helps you to connect with your soul and eliminate the unwanted thoughts and fear in an excellent way. It is great for relaxing too. Studies show that this technique when performed on a regular basis may help you handle stress better. It also removes the negative energies and thoughts that tend to occupy your mind. Thus, it relaxes your mind and body almost instantly and helps you to focus better.

The best part about meditation is you can do it almost anywhere and whenever you want. Simply find a quiet place which can be a small corner in your home or even in your workspace. Sit straight on a chair and slowly close your eyes. You may choose a short mantra to recite. This will help in synchronizing your mind and body. You can meditate for 15-20 minutes or longer every day to reduce stress and anxiety. Or give it a try before bed to sleep even better. If you don’t think you can do it on your own, download a meditation app. You can find a number of guided meditations for a variety of topics.

3. Scan your body for stress

Stress can affect different parts of your body and make you feel tired. Scanning your body to release that stress can immediately cause a calming effect and make you feel better. To do this, simply lie on your back and loosen your body. You may also do this in a straight sitting position.

Mentally scan your body starting from toes and move towards your head. You will start noticing stress at several points. Release the stress by relaxing your muscles and you will feel rejuvenated. This a short, simple yet effective way to relax, especially when you are busy at work. Again, you can find body scan guided meditations online or through a meditation app if you need help with this.

4. Try yoga

Yoga is yet another activity that can help reduce stress. The effective asanas or poses in yoga can help stretch your muscles and reduce tightness. Yoga can also help reduce the level of stress hormones in the body, thereby enhancing your mood.

According to one study, yoga may greatly help in controlling the stress disorders such as anxiety as well as depression. So try a class and reap the benefits of yoga to attain a great mind and stronger body.

5. Simply laugh

It can be difficult to laugh when you are stressed out, but doing this will actually lower your stress levels and instantly enhance your mood. Laughter relieves your body’s response to stress in a natural way. Laughing also helps relax your muscles, which in turn makes you feel lighter and better. So whenever you want to relax and revive, simply laugh. Catch up with friends who make you feel better or simply watch a funny television show.

6. Unplug from work

Need to relax? Take a break from work, especially if you are working more than 40 hours a week. It may seem essential to check your email, take another phone call or complete one more task. Sure, these can be important. But remember, your health is even more important.

Working constantly can stress out your body as well as your mind and ruin your health. So push away from your desk often. It will boost your energy levels and increase your productivity. If you need a marker for when you should unplug, make it a goal to stop working at a certain time every day. This means no work-related calls, emails, texts or actual work itself after that designated time.

7. Deep breathing

Another way to relax and eliminate stress is deep breathing. It helps in activating the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby relaxing your body. When you breathe deeply, you focus on how the air enters your body and leaves. Deep breathing makes your lungs expand leading to a rise in your belly which reduces the heart rate. Therefore, you instantly start feely relaxed and stress-free.

All you have to do is sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Start inhaling slowly and feel the air entering your body. Place your hands in your abdomen and feel the movement. Now exhale slowly. Repeat this process a few times to eliminate stress and anxiety.

8. Reach out to friends

According to another study, social support can lower the chances of mental as well as physical disorders caused by stress. Spending time with friends may make your body release the hormone oxytocin, which in turn reduces stress. So have some friends around, especially when you feel stressed out. It will relax you and help you feel better. Talking about your problems may help you find solutions in a better way and eliminate stress. So be a part of a friends’ network and spend time with them often.

9. Look at what you eat…and drink

Food can greatly affect your mood. There are certain foods that increase the stress-fighting hormone in your body while some foods may aggravate stress levels. For examples sipping more cups of coffee can actually trigger stress instead of reducing it. Even though it is not harmful when you consume in moderation, coffee can make you feel more anxious if you’re drinking a lot on a regular basis. Try cutting back to one or two cups, or make the switch to a relaxing tea blend. A warm cup of chamomile tea can soothe your body and promote relaxation.

You can also add foods such as fatty fishes that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados, nuts, dark chocolate and a large portion of fruits and vegetables to your diet. These foods can help in eliminating stress.

10. Sleep well

Sleep and stress are interrelated and a balance between these two things is extremely important to be healthy. It is found that people who are stressed out find it difficult to sleep, and a lack of sleep could turn into a major cause of stress. If you find it hard to get enough sleep, you are putting your body at more risk for stress and anxiety. It is recommended to sleep for at least 6-8 hours every day.

To fall asleep faster consider going to bed at the same time every night. Create a soothing environment in your bedroom by minimizing lighting and listen to a calming music. You might even want to try a guided meditation for sleep to help you relax and doze off. Do not use gadgets or watch television just before you go to bed. These tricks will help you to fall asleep faster and reduce the chances of insomnia and stress.

References:
https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot#1
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety#section4
https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/how-to-reduce-stress-with-diet.aspx#01
http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

20 Hair Loss Facts That May Surprise You

Most people will experience some type of hair thinning over the course of their lives. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting hair loss statistics to help shed some light on hair shedding. (Sources are included via hyperlinks.)

1. Not all men experience hair loss, but most do.
Up to 85% of men in the USA will experience some type of hair loss by their 50th birthday, according to the American Hair Loss Association.

2. Men and Women experience hair loss in similar numbers.
Women actually make up more than 40% of all Americans experiencing hair loss.

3. Men get hit hard with hair loss earlier in life.
DHT – a kind of testosterone – is the key player in most forms of hormonal hair loss. Men have more of it earlier in life and less estrogen to protect against it. Because of these two factors combined, about 25% of men experience some degree of hair loss before age 21.

4. Age plays a big role in female hair loss too.
Estrogen and lower testosterone levels protect most women from substantial hair loss during their reproductive years. This is why men appear to lose their hair earlier in life than women. Women catch up to men once they reach the years of perimenopause and beyond.

5. Children can experience hair loss.
Hair loss accounts for roughly 3% of pediatric doctor’s office visits in the US every year.

6. Your hair is constantly falling out and regrowing.
Most people lose an average of 50 – 100 strands of hair a day! The crucial part is the regrowth. If the hair falls out and is meant to regrow, it will regrow. Simple as that!

The hair cycle – your hair is constantly falling out and renewing itself!

7. Stress and trauma can make your hair fall out – but it will most likely grow back.
Stress interrupts the normal hair cycle. This can be emotional or physical stress – because remember that your brain is part of your body too! If you’re stressed to the max, this is just as hard on you physically as physical trauma. Try your best not to get too stressed about the shedding (easier said than done, for sure) because this can worsen or prolong the problem.

8. Radical changes to your physical condition can also encourage shedding.
A super high fever, child birth, or rapid weight loss are very good examples of physical changes or conditions that can cause you to lose a lot of hair quickly. Again, shedding is normal. It’s whether or not it grows back that you should focus on – and that can often take several months before you notice improvements post-shed.

9. Normal shedding and hair loss are technically different.
Shedding is normal and something that happens every day of your life. We’re mammals, after all, and hair serves many purposes. It needs to reboot and regenerate to be in tip-top shape. Hair loss, on the other hand, is when the hair doesn’t grow back after it’s been shed. This is called anagen effluvium.

10. LOTS of medications can cause hair shed as a side effect.
Get ready for a very long “short list” of some of the most common culprits. Bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. You will want to read the information pamphlet provided by you pharmacist – or call your doctor – for more details.

Anticoagulant medications (Panwarfarin, Sofarin, Coumadin and heparin injections);
Gout medications (Allopurinol, Lopurin and Zyloprim); Beta blockers (Atenolol, Tenormin, Metoprolol, Lopressor, Nadolol, Corgord, Propranolol, Inderal, Inderal LA, Timolol, Blocadren); Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors (Captopril, Capoten, Lisinopril, Zestril, Prinivil, Enalapril, Vasotec); Vitamin A; Acne medication (Isotretinoin, Accutane); Female hormone therapy and oral contraceptives (birth control pills, estrogen, progesterone);
Men who take testosterone or anabolic steroids may experience male pattern balding;
Antidepressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications (Amitriptyline, Elavil, Endep, Amoxapine, Asendin, Clomipramine, Anafranil, Desipramine, Norpramin, Pertofrane, Doxepin, Adapin, Sinequan, Fluoxetine hydrochloride, Prozac, Haloperidol, Haldol, Imipramine, Janimine, Tofranil, Tofranil PM, Nortriptyline, Pamelor, Aventyl, Paroxetine, Paxil, Protriptyline hydrochloride, Vivactil, Sertraline hydrochloride, Zoloft, Trimipramine, Surmontil); Anticonvulsants or anti-seizure medications (Trimethadione, Tridione, Valproic Acid, Depakote); and, of course, a whole buffet of chemotherapy medications have been known to cause hair shedding.

11. Rogaine isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Rogaine is a vasodilator that can help prevent hair shed but does not normally cause lost hair to regrow. Plus, you have to apply the stuff every day of your life or the shedding will resume.

12. You probably have more hair follicles than you realize.
The average human scalp has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on it. The thickness and distribution of those individual strands of hair account for a lot of the appearance of thick, full hair.

13. Ethnicity – and its impact on your hair texture – influences your rate of hair growth.
For example, Asian women – who typically have silky, straight, durable hair – often see faster hair growth than women of African heritage – who often have very curly, easily broken hair.

14. Men in Asia seek surgical options for their hair loss more than any other demographic in the world.
The ISHRS puts the number of surgical and nonsurgical patients seeking help for hair loss issues at more than 971,000 as of 2012. Just over 86 percent of patients were male, although the number of women seeking surgical remedies jumped by 20 percent between 2004 and 2012.

While over 250,000 of them live in the U.S., Asia takes the largest share of the market with close to 400,000 people going through the hair restoration treatment process every year.

15. Not everyone is a good candidate for hair restoration surgery.
Many factors are generally taken into consideration including: gender, number of grafts required to meet expectations, density and health of hair in donor areas, blood supply to the scalp, color of hair and skin, the texture of your hair compared to the donor hair, and your future hair loss based on the doctor’s projections.

16. Women are generally poor candidates for hair restoration surgery.
Most women have diffuse hair loss as opposed to the classic male presentation of Androgenic Alopecia. Men have better results with this surgery because they usually have very thick, healthy hair in the back of their scalps. Women typically lose from all over the scalp but with a higher concentration on the top, making it nearly impossible to take healthy grafts from existing hair. The chances of the grafted hair falling out are also higher for women due to this fact.

17. Even if the surgery works for a woman, it may not give her the results she’s looking for.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the most common complaints after surgery in 2016 were: less density than expected (54%), post-operative shock loss (36.9%), pain after procedure (24.5%), and post-operative graft shedding (18.4%).

18. This is probably why the largest supplier of hair restoration surgeries in the world also owns the world’s largest wig company!
Aderans Hair Goods – parent company of Rene of Paris, Amore, and Noriko wigs, among others – also owns Bosley Hair Centers and The Hair Club (formerly The Hair Club for Men).

19. Reasons for hair loss differ greatly from person to person.
LOTS of things can cause or contribute to stopping the natural regrowth that occurs at the end of the hair cycle, resulting in permanent hair loss for men and women. These include: medications, genetic predisposition, hormonal factors, prolonged stress or trauma, autoimmune disorders, dermatological disorders, PCOS and a wide variety of other health conditions, child birth, trichotillomania, extreme weight loss, hair styles that pull the hair (such as braiding under weave extensions or really tight pony tails), and menopause.

20. August is Hair Loss Awareness Month.
The American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month. (It is also Psoriasis Awareness Month. There just aren’t enough months in a year!)

Best Ways To Unplug And De-stress by Eseandre

Stress. You’ll probably agree with me that it really isn’t good–especially when it comes to your health. It can be like a doorway to many problems like anxiety, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular issues and a whole lot of other things you don’t want to experience. A lot of times, we’re exposed to stress during the course of our daily activities. And when this happens, our emotional and physical strength starts to falter.

Well, I have good news for you. There are actually things you can do to help relieve stress. You don’t need a prescription or anything special. You definitely can do them on your own. So here are a few things you can try.

Get Some Exercise: Exercise is one sure way to deal with stress. When the body is physically active, it releases mood-boosting chemicals known as endorphins. This helps a lot in assisting the body to battle stress and also, helps prevent stress from occurring in the future. Beyond protecting the body against stress, exercise also lowers blood pressure, thereby safeguarding your heart against diseases.

Get In Touch With Nature: There’s a soothing feeling that comes from being in nature. The scent of fresh flowers, the beautiful view of the sunset, watching the stars, swimming in the beach–it all can take your mind off of the stressful situations of the day. Being out in nature can comfort your soul and help melt away stress. So go outside and take it all in.

Try Yoga: Practicing yoga is one of the most effective stress relievers around. The stress-relieving benefits of yoga are quite numerous. Some of them include: reducing muscle tension, helping you relax your mind, improving your serotonin levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. If you’ve never practiced before, grab a friend to make things more fun and head to a beginner’s yoga class.

So I hope these tips will help you loosen the grip that stress may have on your life. Just remember that no matter what is going on, you need to take time out to unplug and de-stress.


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